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My cool shed: an inspirational guide to stylish hideaways and workspaces

Creating your own small space where you can work, play and relax is a challenge of creativity and individuality. However people from all around the world are making their dreams come true with practicality and style. In the book “my cool shed“, by Jane Field-Lewis, you will find loads of inspiration for oh so beautiful sheds, cabins, studios and workrooms, lovingly created by artists, writers, gardeners, musicians, designers and more. Continue reading to take a closer look at this amazing collection of private hideaways and the stories behind them. Continue reading

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Tyler Residence: Simplicity in the Suburbs

The quirky and creative team at el dorado, or as they affectingly call themselves “Eldos”, are located in the mid-western region of the United States. This architect-led, design build firm offers its clients a streamlined process for building and remodeling; they serve as both the architect and general contractor. Anyone who has been through a remodeling project (including me) knows how helpful this can be; trying to effectively communicate with multiple sub-contractors can be stressful.

The Tyler family, whose home is located in Leawood, Kansas, commissioned el dorado to create additional space while maintaining the current footprint and meeting local architectural review regulations. Continue reading

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Wonderland: Mid Century Modern Marvel

The influence of mid century design is abundant in today’s furnishings and architecture. I believe that one of the reasons it has made such a big comeback is that the clean, crisp lines of the period’s architecture and furnishings mimic what homeowners seek in their lives, balance and simplicity.

This beautiful 380 sq. ft. home remodel, by architect Bruce Bolander in sunny Los Angeles, is a lovely case study in the mid century design aesthetic. The branch of architecture, originally known as “Modernist Architecture” has come to be known as “California Modern”. Continue reading

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Partywall: small space entertaining


This ingenious configuration was created based on the need to add more functionality to a small space. Everything has been simplified but with a touch of beauty added to design a perfect recipe of: one part party animal, one part display and finished with a dollop of dinner for two. Continue reading

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36 sq meter apartment in Stockholm

Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe and is known as the capital of Scandinavia. Jonas Wagell, an Architect and proud owner of this tiny apartment which measures a mere 36 square meters (approx. 365 square feet) would be considered too small by most of us. Continue reading

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8th Avenue: creative renovation in Montreal

The cosmopolitan city of Montreal is the backdrop for this creative renovation. Originally a duplex, this home has been transformed into a bright and modern single family dwelling by the architecture and design firm of Naturehumaine. Continue reading

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Brick House: a tiny guest apartment


Although small in square footage, the Brick House is large in personality. I have always been a firm believer that the creative use of a diminutive space is both thought provoking and an impressive partnership between architect, designer and client. In addition, small spaces are becoming more desirable as both urban living and price per square foot are on the rise.

Architect Christi Azevedo has beautifully transformed the tiny Brick House, originally a laundry boiler room into this captivating guest apartment. We all love to have friends and family come to visit, but also long to have them in their own space, allowing them the luxury of keeping their own hours while on holiday. Continue reading

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Tiny Carriage House Conversion


As our lives seem to become more complicated, many of us yearn for living spaces that are simple, easy to navigate and free of clutter. This tiny carriage house is a perfect example of streamlining one’s nest. Continue reading

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Tres Chic Loft in Paris


This diminutive loft in the city of lights is small in foot print but large in style. A former artist’s studio, the home’s warmth emanates from the ancient stone walls and floods in from a wall of bright new windows. The house is a blend of rustic weathered materials and clearly modern and streamlined structure and furnishings. Continue reading

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Kabinett: Perfectly Outfitted in Paris


Of course Paris is one of the highest priced real estate markets on the planet and space is certainly a premium. For those with small spaces, you’ll find the great ideas used in this former factory loft simple and effective. Let’s say you have one wall of windows in a long rectangular flat. You require two bedrooms, one bath, and an open living and kitchen and dining combo, as well as a work area and plenty of storage. Any way you look at it, you should definitely check out this wonderful design of architect Lina Lagerström. Continue reading