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Living large in a small space

A couple of weeks ago I blogged this awesome apartment in Moscow. I've got another one for you from The Village, this time located in Kiev, Ukraine. It's a small, 2 room apartment that looks so much larger (camera lens might have helped a bit too). This pad is a perfect example of how to place furniture in a small space and how to use furniture to delineate zones. The sectional sofa in this case is just what the living room needed to separate it from the dining space. The bookcases offer tons of storage and creates more of a hallway (while blocking a couple of not-so-exciting doors). I LOVE the grey colour palette (my favourite colour, always) and everything else in this apartment - but I'd lose the fish tank in the kitchen. Strange...but I won't judge. The adorable succulent-in-a-book planter idea makes up for that oddity. (And I had to use that photo first so you all didn't miss it).

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Hut on sleds

Resting gently on the sand dune just up from a pristine beach on New Zealand's Coromandel beach is a hut, a simple yet not so simple beach hut. Only 40 square metres it makes the most of every bit of space to provide a beach side getaway for a family of five. It can be closed to the elements yet with the turn of a wheel and the push of glass walls it opens to the view. Oh the view! Worth it don't you think. What makes this little self contained hut even more special is that it sits on two sleds that, with a little effort from a sturdy tractor, can make repositioning the home in response to the ever changing beachfront easy. It sits lightly upon the land this simple, clever hut. Beach side living stripped back to its elegant basics. It was time to go back and explore the portolio of  Auckland based Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects again. So glad I did.

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A bold apartment in Moscow

I found this this one-bedroom Moscow apartment on The Village and fell in love. The owners are clearly designers/decorators as it is SO well executed. This is a perfect example of how to use dark colours and large-scale items in a small space for high impact but without making it feel cramped. Several pieces are from Ikea (including the pendants over the dining table with a personal touch of copper leaf on the underside) and many from the couple's travels. I adore everything - especially the large paned mirrors on either side of the mantel, the massive table lamps that delineate the living from dining spaces, the gorgeous blue bedroom walls, and the Venetian mirror mounted on old fence boards. 

{Today, on Remembrance Day, we Canadians honour our veterans. Lest we forget.} 

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Another Polish apartment by Lucyna

Polish interior designer Lucyna Kołodziejska (whose work we have featured here and here) emailed us with yet another fabulous dwelling she has completed. This flat is in Gdynia, it is quite small – one bedroom, living room with small kitchen and bathroom with shower. It is designed for rent so the materials that I used are strong :) - solid oak wood in kitchen, hard floors, spain textile on sofa. But of course they should be elegant and nice designs so i used a very nice lamp in the dining – is it rubber so can't be broken, strong paints and wallpapers by scandinavian Flugger and other scandinavian company (Sandberg). It is maybe because this flat is a little bit scandinavian that a man from Sweden and his girlfriend from Poland are renting it now. I really like the masculine vibe of this apartment - Lucyna was smart with this one. She's got typically masculine colours (blues, browns and black) and plaids/checks, and then throws in the feminine touch of some cute bird wallpaper. Perfect for a rental as it will appeal to everyone. It's tiny but it works!

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Stalking apartments with a little added extra

A sympathetic and sophisticated renovation of small one bedroom art deco apartment in St Kilda West, Melbourne. Bijou but boxing above its weight with an elegant black and white palette, great art, flashes of red and just a little added extra ... a roof top garden with city views. Hello my idea of the perfect pad for one. And friends ;)

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