I read dozens of interior design magazines every month, and after pages and pages of home inspiration, it is rare that a house or an apartment really strikes a chord with me. This month's issue of Dwell grabbed my attention with its small spaces coverline. Inside I was disappointed to find that many of the "small spaces" were actually people's guests houses or other auxiliary structures. However, one apartment really caught my attention.
This one-bedroom apartment in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn belongs to a family of three (soon-to-be four), and it has completely changed my thinking about where we might live next. This apartment makes me believe less is more. I love the renovation solutions this couple employed -- and the spirit that guided that their choices. You can read the full story on Dwell.com.
A floor-to-ceiling sliding wall panel divides the parents' "bedroom" from the main living space.
Custom built-in cabinetry hides the couple's queen-size Murphy bed. (I am a BIG believer in the magic of Murphy beds, by the way--and I speak from personal experience.)
The Murphy bed in action!
A view from the bedroom looking out to the living area.
The apartment's kitchen is a clean and simple galley design. I love the idea that you can splurge on materials like a marble counter, if you opt for a smaller space.
Find more of the space after the jump.
The renovation accommodated an awkward corner in the kitchen nicely.
More Murphy beds in the kids' room: These are the "lollipop" beds by Resource Furniture. I saw them in-person in another home I wrote about and thought they were amazing.
A view of the children's room with the beds unfolded.
The opposite side of the kids' room houses a crib for the baby on the way.
Again, the bathroom is small, but it has some luxe touches because the couple didn't have a huge space to renovate. I love how they flipped the orientation of the tub to make the most of the space.
The new floorplan for the space -- such an amazing use of such a small space!