bijou– noun – something small and delicately worked, a trinket.
A cleverly crafted but tiny 11 m² seasonal rental in Paris’ 10th arrondissement. Because not all of us can, need or aspire to live in a mansion all the time. Marie-Joséphine by Batiik Studio.
Photography by Bertrand Fompeyrine
Bára is devoted reader of our blog from the Czech Republic (or Czechia) and dabbles in interior design as a hobby. She recently completed this project and I had to share because it’s the cutest little pad, the colours she chose are stunning, and I’d love to stay here! I recently remodelled (on a tight budget) this small apartment in an Art Nouveau building in Prague to serve as an airbnb. We had to leave the kitchen cupboards and bathroom without major changes, but at least applied black “sticker” on the fridge and backsplash tiles. It’s so cozy and I love the drama of the dark wall colours and the mural. Find the listing here.
Photos: Artur Muller
I spotted this Stockholm apartment on the Elle Decoration Sweden website and had to share because it is not painted white!!! The homeowner, Helena Sand, did some work reconfiguring the very small apartment along with coming up with quite a beautiful colour palette. The space is still a bit oddly configured with the kitchen now placed in a hallway, and the former kitchen turned into the bedroom (the bedroom used to be included in the living room), but it’s got the necessities and I wouldn’t want to sleep in my living room either. I am so in love with the colours she chose – a ‘rose-red’ in the foyer (Whispering Red from Jotun), ‘dirt pink’ in the living room (Light Peach Blossom from Little Greene) and lots of dark grey (Jotun’s Vallmofrö, Picky Living’s 4502-y). Photos: Lina Östling.
Large on style, small in footprint. At only 32 sq m Canning Cottage by Melbourne-based interior design firm Bicker Design contains tone on tone living spaces, bedroom and central bathroom pod within a small heritage workers cottage. Streamlined, modern and with great functionality and storage it is a fresh and fabulous take on small space living.
I always joke about needing more space for all the junk I seem to accumulate. When you live in a very tiny apartment there is no room for junk. This sleek, perfectly compact flat in Odessa, Ukraine is all you really need….I guess. Here are some details: The place with an area of merely 17.3 square meters located in an old building in the very center of Odessa was inherited by the current owners. Having no idea what to do with it, they turned to Fateeva Design creative bureau. In spite of the very limited floor space and the low market value of the place, it appeared quite possible to turn it into a place for long-term rent. The idea worked out. There is a college nearby, so a student is renting this flat at the moment. The whole work started with the spatial layout solution. The customers wanted to allocate sufficient room for sleeping and working areas, as well as the kitchen and the bathroom. Surprising as it may seem, there appeared to be enough space for everything. Moreover, there is a specious hall with an ample wardrobe. All the functional zones are placed along the perimeter of the place. Neutral color scheme is chosen, so that the furniture doesn’t “steal” space from the room.
Photos: Andrey Avdeenko