It’s hard to believe a whole year has gone by since Apartment Therapy‘s last Small Cool contest! It’s one of my favourite online competitions because I get to peek inside real tiny homes – not just styled tiny homes. Because while the styled ones you see everywhere are amazing and beautiful… they’re probably not all that liveable in a homely sort of way.
I like my small to be homely and user-friendly.
So here are some of my favourite entries so far. (You can see them all here and even vote if you like.)
I’m sooooo excited to share this gorgeous apartment with you. I spotted it a couple of weeks ago and promptly pinned it, and then I treated myself to my original favourite kiwi home design mag at the checkout this morning, and there it is again!
Made my morning! So here’s some images of all it’s clever storageness, feminine gorgeousness and general amazingness, to make your day too…
Pretty amazing huh?! It’s a mere 45 sqm space in Moscow, reconfigured almost from scratch (I think they left only one non-load bearing wall intact) by Russian company INT2 Architecture.
Every nook and cranny has been designed and utilised to get the best of storage space without compromising on that feeling of openness. Another clever trick up their sleeve is how to keep things minimal and uncluttered while still oozing femininity and comfort.
I utterly adore this space and would move right in if I was single and childless. (Although I believe I’d be sharing with Shelley Ferguson – editor of Your Home and Garden – because she totally said the same thing!) The oooooonly thing I would change is the Scrabble-style tiling in the bathroom. Ok with you Shelley?
All images from here. (And I thank them from the bottom of my heart for including a floor plan!)
Oooh I’m using a little creative license with this today and literally squishing a rather large-looking sofa into Small Spaces. But hear me out yeah?
The Design Chaser introduced me to this sofa that I would so very much love to just dive into. Its feather-padded seat cushions look downright comfy. It’s called the Pixel Sofa, made by Saba Italia, and is configurable however takes your fancy (or fits your space) using a connector made specifically for the job.
Here’s how you’d set it up for a party in a warehouse:
But, just picture even one of those sections (two at a squeeze) in a corner of your tiny lounge room. It’s a piece of furniture that would function as many things at once – a sofa obviously, and configured right I can imagine it would be a good bed for overnighters, but more than that it would be your coffee table, a spot for some cross legged dining or the ultimate kids play space (the covers are removable for washing!). Just add a tray for your coffee and magazines, a throw rug for casual dining and some cars for the kids. A bookshelf in another corner, a rug underfoot, some bold art, and you’re done.
One last shot – with a more slimline backrest – in case you’re not yet convinced:
Oooh I spotted this yesterday and knew it was perfect for today’s Small Spaces post! Even though it may not be justified by its footprint, this one is sneaking in because its clever use of materials makes it seem smaller than it really is. Designed by Bernd Zimmermann Architekten you can find this home in Ludwigsburg, Germany.
The classic shape is designed to fit with both neighbouring houses and local bylaws, but that is where the similarities finish.
With a highly mirrored stainless cladding the house appears to disappear, its shape simply providing a frame to reflect the surroundings. Pretty awesome right?
The interior, which seems something of an illusion from the outdoors, feels very solid with its unbroken expanses of white and unexpected openings create interesting shapes and views both within and to the exterior.
I do wonder how it would feel walking up to the front door on a bright sunny day though…
Maybe there is a box of sunglasses to choose from at the foot of the steps?
I’m thinking this could be an amazing feature on the south (non-sunny) side of my dream container house! What do you think husband? Huh?
It’s design is “distilled to the four primary human functions of eating, sleeping, bathing and fellowship”. I wonder if those functions are in order of priority! I’m all for eating and sleeping being up front there!
Its low maintenance design, eco-efficiency and functional plan make it perfect for either a holiday home or a more permanent dwelling. Definitely might have to steal a few ideas from this one when I build my dream small space… one day!
We start tonight on another long weekend here in NZ so that’s it from me this week. I’ll hopefully have something awesome to share from our two long weekends efforts, but keep in mind we’re in holiday mode next week too.
In our travels around Scandinavia far too many years ago we fell in love with the rocky landscape. Despite its barrenness it doesn’t feel too harsh because look at those rocks – all the edges have been softened off them by the weather and they’re just right for embedding a holiday hideout into!
Inside, things are very Scandinavian, which looks great of course, but I’d move in with a pile more blankets and books and a basket full of slippers!
I love this image, because it shows how the architects (Erik Kolman Janouch and Victor Boye Julebäk) worked with the landscape, and the house was built to fit, rather than modifying the landscape to suit the desired house.
Pretty awesome right?! I can definitely see myself cooking up a real hot chocolate on that wood stove, watching the kids rock hopping out the window with scarves and boots and hats and mittens. And Andre would be out playing hunter-gatherer and fossicking for firewood.
I wasn’t going to post today, but there’s so much controversy about HOME NZ magazine‘s Home of the Year choice… I couldn’t resist adding my humble opinion to the discussion.
Of course I have an opinion, because the house(s) that won, have a footprint of a mere 28sqm each. And you all know I love me a tiny space to live in!
Whether I like these back to basics cabins is not an issue, but I’m excited for their win because I totally agree with comments by HOME’s editor Jeremy Hansen.
He says “Our expectations of how much space we need to live in have got overinflated”. Well hear, hear! We have so much space in NZ that we hardly know what to do with it. Really.
The other day I read/heard/can’t remember something about a new subdivision, and the minimum build requirement of 270sqm. I just about fell off my chair! And then I started calculating how much time it would take me to clean up almost 3 times my current house size and I fell off again. Not to mention tripling the time it’s taking us to renovate this house! Imagine if that light we are seeing at the “end” of the tunnel was only a light a third of the way along?! How depressing would that be…
And this – again from Jeremy – is a goodie… “If you design a house well you find you can do a lot with a lot less”. Yep. And it applies to more than just designing houses… Try this: “You can do a lot with a lot less”.
I’m going to remember that today (lots to do with less time!).