Living in a Small Space.
33 sq meters
From a family home to a doll size apartment. How do designer Michael Sainato (V.P. Marketing + Creative at Design Within Reach) and stylist Iris in 't Hout solve this? With lots of style - and storage room.
The table barely measures 70 cm x 80 cm, so the built-in seat benches can have storage drawers underneath. Dog Miles always finds a spot by Iris and Michael.
Comfortable arrangement. With the red Olivetti poster from 1961 and the Bianchi road bike, Michael has put together his favorite pieces in a decorative way.
Tip: Furniture with light and airy metal frames optically takes up less space.
Someone calculated that our apartment would fit into Grand Central Station's main hall 88 times. We're breaking a record for living in the smallest space!
Books are stored underneath this grey Neo Sofa by Niels Bendtsen.
Honey, I shrunk the chairs. Classic mini versions on the shelves by the kitchen nook.
An Ikea blanket and self made pillows add happy/fun accents to the aluminum frame Min Bed. Underneath the bed are storage containers on wheels.
Tip: arrange your favorite pictures by theme on shelves.
Who lives here?
Stylist Iris in 't Hout and husband Michael Sainato have made their home in Greenwich (FYI: it's actually the West Village!). His job lured him from San Francisco to NY.
Their motto: built in storage is everything. You need to stay organized in a small space otherwise it is chaos.
9 sq meters living room
7 sq meters bedroom
6 sq meters bathroom
7 sq meters kitchen
4 sq meters hallway
33 sq meters total
Top Tips from Iris from NY:
A cohesive color scheme keeps the space simple. Bright colors appear bigger, darker colors can be cozy but can optically make a room look smaller.
Mirrors can make a space look twice as big. They work their magic on doors or cabinets as well as on a wall.
Edit everything constantly. You don't need 3 winter coats or 6 pairs of boots. (FYI... I think they're wrong, I do have a few of those in the closet!) When we moved from San Francisco we cleaned out and donated a lot of our belongings.
Furniture with AHA effect:
Bookshelves also function as room dividers. The pocket doors are a space saving solution, they slide into the built in bookshelves , no space wasted for the required swing out of regular doors.
In our apartment almost all furniture has metal frames, which creates a light and airy feeling. We also don't have a big heavy coffee table. Instead we have a space saving nesting set of three tables.
Everything that can be hung on a hook or can be stored in a cabinet will help keep your space tidy and organized. Plan to store things higher up. Want to bet you can find more space for a shelf or a cabinet way up high? Our built in cabinets in the kitchen go all the way up to the ceiling. Everything from the washer/ dryer o the ironing board goes in there!