Saturday, April 27, 2013

Small space living ...

European apartment living is all about making functional use of small spaces. By American standards, most flats are minuscule, so their owners become wizards at finding the best and highest use for every nook and cranny.

Image via Be Design Obsessed.

I personally long to live small, stripping excess down to functional necessity. I would love the challenge of designing and furnishing intimate spaces.

Image via Elle Decor.

Most apartments we've rented in Paris are my kind of efficient minis. I've studied each and every one to grasp the clever use of space, and it's made me recognize the outlandish material acquisitions I could easily live without.

Image via Shelter Interior Design.

I'm amazed at the voluminous master bedrooms in the US compared to our European counterparts. Really, we only sleep there. Do we actually need suites with sitting areas, elaborate dressing rooms and roller skating rinks? (Okay, maybe not the rinks, but you get the picture.)

Image via Vogue Living.

Downsizing is really beginning to appeal to me, particularly in the kitchen. I'd never have thought I would say that, but that was before I saw what television chef and cookbook author Rachel Khoo can do in her 'Little Paris Kitchen.'

French kitchen by London interior designers Mlinaric, Henry & Zervudachi.

I've been designing a townhome (for fun and future possibilities) and have modeled the kitchen after these itsy bitsy jewels.

Image via Brabourne Farm.

Say what you will about IKEA, but I'm a believer.

Image via Cape Cod Collegiate.

Now, surely you must agree that good things come in small packages!

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