Making the most of your space
WHERE there's a will, there's a way.
Home buyers facing high per-square-foot costs and shrinking spaces always have this on their minds: How do I make a small space look fantastic?
American architect Rick Joy showed off just the way to do it, when he unveiled his work on a 1,000 sq ft Manhattan studio, the first apartment he has designed for a client. He is also working on a redesign of the Princeton train station, a more typical endeavour for his firm.
For the studio, he imagined a kind of inside-out house, with an inner skin of whitewashed fir. The ceiling and walls have a white Venetian plaster finish.
White linen tumbles from above the windows; around the bed are indigo and white linen curtains you can pull shut to make a "room".
On the closet doors are leather tabs, so you don't hit yourself against them as you walk by.
Owner Paul Palandjian, a Massachusetts-based consultant, paid US$1,050,000 (S$1,300,000) for the apartment in 2010, and spent about US$300,000 renovating it. The look? Minimal, but warm. Check out the photo spread, to get inspired.
There are a few things that will help make any space look better.
First, keep it clean and get rid of clutter. Having a place for everything will make it look organised and cared-for.
Instead of having free-standing cabinets that tend to make the space look cluttered, consider built-in solutions that can accommodate all your storage needs in one compact area.
And look for furniture that does more. If you're going to get, say, an ottoman, look for one with hidden storage.