A red wall, symbolic of good luck in Chinese tradition, anchors this living area. Low, neutral furniture with built-in side tables sits above a silk handmade Cha-Cha rug by Formaonline.com. Artwork by the architect provides a finishing touch.
To fill out a small outdoor space, look for easy-maintenance plants that look good though the seasons. For an Atlanta courtyard, Cultivators Design and Landscape used sedums, bamboo and acorus grass, which are hardy and easy to grow, says landscape architect and owner Derrick Lepard.
Fit for royalty, this master bedroom has class and sophistication. Dramatic curtains drape around the window and headboard, while a crystal chandelier suspends from above. Upholstered chairs on either side of the bed ensure there's a place for the avid reader to enjoy a good book (or two). A bench at the foot of the bed helps with getting dressed and ready for the day.
You can commune with nature and enjoy spectacular sightlines in an open deck design like this one made of Ipe wood, which is low maintenance (use only soap and water for cleaning). It will need UV protection to prevent it from drying out. A natural finish like teak oil is good for preserving the color of the Ipe (avoid colored finishes) and may need to be applied 2-3 times during the first 18 months of deck usage.
Located in one of Chicago’s nearby suburbs, the home contains a fascinating backstory. It was originally built by famed architect Elbert Peets as part of a planned community for GIs returning from WWII. By the time Olaniyi arrived, the home’s previous resident, a carpenter, had made some interesting design choices. “There was floor-to-ceiling brown and gold 1970s tile in the bathroom, psychedelic metallic wallpaper in the dining room and plaid wallpaper in the kitchen,” she remembers. “But the bones were good.”
This charming small house in Toronto, Canada built by architect Craig Race of Craig Race Architecture is founded on sustainability. Craig's previous home was a drafty 100-year-old home that was expensive to heat and cool. The whimsical design of this home is an effort to be accommodating to the varied setback plans of the homes on either side and be respectful of the scale of neighbors' homes. An important part of sustainable small home design in urban spaces is being conscientious of scale, the aesthetics of the neighborhood and overall, being a good neighbor.