Elizabeth has solved many issues involved in downsizing to a smaller home by making great, strategic use of the space she does have, as in this living room area off of her sons' bedrooms where a study/work area has been factored into the space without sacrificing style.
The designer of this kitchen constructed a pull-out work space under the countertop to make its small space more utilitarian. The design of the kitchen is simple, and its color scheme seems to expand the space visually, adding depth and dimension.
Built-ins on both sides of this craft room provide ample storage space for supplies, while a custom island in the center provides work space for projects. The pale green cabinets add a subtle splash of color without overwhelming the small room.
Desks line the sides of this home office space with useful built-in shelving providing storage and organization space. A small dining table, lit by a beautiful floral lamp, is perfect for enjoying a break from work.
A cozy living room sits just outside the open kitchen space in this renovated midcentury modern home. The L-shaped layout of the room creates a small bonus space that works well as a reading nook. An Eames recliner chair and vertical bookshelves make the space functional without taking up too much room.
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.
A white geometric headboard gives a subtle, decorative support behind the clean, white bed linens. Green table lamps, thick green stripes on the curtains, and a green rug compliment the small green details in the bed covers for a fresh accent to liven the room. Gold decorative pieces and a gold lamp add a metallic flair. A modern desk chair and white desk create a home office work space.
A large chest of drawers or small dresser works well as a nightstand, particularly at a beach house like this one as it offers more storage for clothing and extra tabletop space for placing travel items close at hand.