If you think that an island only works with an open-concept layout, this galley kitchen designed by TerraCotta Properties is proof that an island can work in a smaller kitchen. The key is to customize the piece to fit the space and allow for traffic flow — around 36 inches — on all sides.
Natural light streams into this small bathroom via a high window helping to visually expand the space along with a large vanity mirror. The crisp white vanity is capped in quartz and offers plenty of hidden storage.
Stainless steel appliances and linear design give this small kitchen a sleek and polished look. To maximize the limited counter space, designer Gail Fedela chose a quilt-like tile backsplash to add visual appeal and allowing for clutter-free countertops.
The studio's kitchen is partly concealed, allowing the living and dining areas to take centerstage. However, the small kitchen won't be upstaged. Glass-front cabinets, a bold backsplash and a colorful rug keep the space feeling fresh and lively.
A once-bare, tiny yard behind a row house in Brooklyn, N.Y., now features a canopy of plants, such as crepe myrtles and camellias. Landscape designer Michael Van Valkenburgh planted trees that naturally cool the garden terrace and house and created a bird habitat. The new paving is mica schist, which is arranged in a pattern that mimics logs flowing down a river. The garden was a 2015 ASLA award winner.
Art from AmericasMart adds the final flair to this cozy bathroom, matching the turquoise and blue from the bright master bedroom, also designed by Steve McKenzie as part of a Dwell with Dignity home design.
“Using black for interiors can be scary as it’s usually associated with being dark or depressing,” says designer Jodie Rosen. Her advice: “Using hits of black as an accent is a great way to elevate a space and emphasize elements of the design. In this case, we used black on the trim around the range to make the area a focal point and then repeated the black in the oversized fixtures, stools, and the metal detailing on the island.”