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Puzzle box apartment

38sqm. Yes 38sqm. This redesign of a one bedroom apartment in Potts Point is by Sydney architect Anthony Gill. This clever puzzle box of a space is home to a couple and their young child. A custom joinery spine runs the length of the apartment providing much needed storage while delineating individual spaces including a clever pull out bed which slips away under the raised child's bedroom floor when not in use. Clever, funky and fab. Tiny spaces rule! Photography by Peter Bennetts.

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Soviet era apartment makeover in Riga

After yesterday's amazing renovation I thought I'd share another. This time though it's teeny tiny and on a shoe string budget. Alexey emailed to share this soviet era apartment re-do by interior decorator Natalja Radchenko in the Latvian capital of Riga.

The apartment belongs to a middle aged Russian literature teacher who has inherited it from his parents and who had quite an utopian idea to transform a one bedroom 40 sq m living space located in a depressing soviet project building into something at least slightly resembling Riga old town last century apartments with high ceilings and wooden floors. Her main goals were to create (an illusion) of space and not to lose apartment’s functionality.

What she did:

- Eliminated all the doors, leaving only one – to the bathroom;
- Created wide openings;
- Optically expanded space with wide cornices and plinths;
- Chose neutral tones for walls and black varnish for the floor.

The result:

- Dining room/space with kitchen work space;
- Living room, semi-integrated into bedroom (owner’s requirement);
- Small dark corridor transformed into wide hall leading to dining/kitchen, where wall is turned into a kind of gallery of owner’s family relics;
- Tiny wardrobe between bedroom and entrance hall.
In addition to small size, another obstacle was that the owner had a very limited budget. Hence, not a single piece of furniture is just bought (except for kitchen appliances and bathroom); almost every item is redone and redesigned. For example, a sofa in a living room is bought in a second hand furniture store (and was originally disgustingly pink), bed - on the closing hotel auction, dinner table is inherited from owner’s parents, and almost all of the lamps are found on furniture dumps. Visual appearance of every item was changed via being repainted, overlayed with another fabric, accessorized. It was not a classical restoration, rather an ironical one – e.g. chair in the hall is overlayed with canvas bag fabric.

First time visitors claim that the effect of entering the apartment from a dark claustrophobic staircase is probably similar to entering Narnia chronicles wardrobe – the contrast is astonishing.

So much more after the jump! Definitely not what comes to mind when the words "soviet era" are used. Inspiring renovation. Natalja's website is under construction but I'm sure Alexey will let us know when it's live.

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The Kate Moss of homes

Thanks once again to my bro-in-law Dave for providing me with a link to another home that I thought was blog worthy. Actually, there isn't anything very spectacular about this home in Barcelona. The reason why I'm blogging it is because it's apparently "impossibly thin", "freakishly thin", "If buildings had human doppelgangers, this one would be 90s-era Kate Moss" and "just 12 feet wide". That is why I had to blog this. Because my home is also 12 feet wide. But here is where this home differs. It's nearly 4000 square feet (mine is 926) and is the length of an entire city block - 82 feet.


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Teeny, tiny reader's home

Elizabeth lives in a 350 square-foot apartment in the lower east side of Manhattan. YES, it's that small! However she and her boyfriend have managed to make it look cute, inviting and cozy! And best of all they are very happy in their small home. To find out more about why they live in such a tiny space you can head to her blog In Between Seams. Could you do it? Even with the pay off of living in Manhattan?

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You would think after a whole week of stalking that I could stay away from real estate sites. No. I'm an addict. I must vicariously stalk. I must virtually peep through the curtains of complete strangers' homes. Today I'm glad I did. Elegant, restrained, monochromatic and masculine. And so narrow! Clever use of the tiny courtyard. It's luxury in a tiny gift box. You will find the link to this Paddington home here while it is still for sale.

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