Celebrating Small Spaces: April Roundup + Music Playlist

With real estate prices continuing to soar you’ll find many people needing to downsize or choosing it for a variety of reasons, including wanting less debt, a desire to reduce their footprint, or just wanting less to keep up and maintain. Whatever the reason, going smaller has a lot of benefits for those who choose it. Plus, seeing how designers and small space dwellers make the most of every square inch is fascinating, from the curation of just their favorite things to innovative, multifunctional furniture that will have you wondering why you didn’t think of that. Small space living is here to stay and we’re here for it! So sit back, crank up our latest Spotify playlist, and and enjoy some clever small space design!

We started off the month in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Québec, Canada, checking out a pair of cabins by Bourgeois / Lechasseur architectes. The Reflection – Mirror Cabins encourage guests to soak in nature around them. How these cabins differ from most are the reflective glass walls that make them almost disappear into the trees. But don’t worry – the birds are safe! The architects paid close attention to the mirror treatment – bird-deterrent window markers approved by the Audubon Society – on the windows to prevent bird collisions.

If you live in a small space, you know you have to be extra choosy about the things you bring inside. If you’re not careful, a small space can go from modern and stylish to overwhelming in no time at all. Multifunctional designs are key for small space dwellers, allowing you to save on space. We shared 10 multifunctional must-haves for those living in smaller spaces to give you inspiration for easy, clutter-free living.

We’ve been dreaming of somewhere to go to, some place to escape now that winter has come and gone. There’s something intriguing about the thought of jumping into nature, not into a tent but a cozy cabin before the summer temps arrive. Need help getting into that mindset? Check out these 10 small modern cabins that have us wanting to skip town for our next escape.

Designed by Jess Bunge for Emily Henderson Design Photo: Sara Ligorria-Tramp

Fact: just because you’re short on space doesn’t mean your home has to be short on style. To save you the hassle of navigating the world of small space DIYs on your own, we narrowed it down to our top 5 tips that’ll help you make the most of small spaces.

At 220 square feet, The DW (Dwelling on Wheels) by Modern Shed is a modern, self-contained structure that’s spacious enough to make it a home, yet compact enough to take it on the road. Despite its tiny footprint, Modern Shed designed the interior so it doesn’t feel cramped. Sight lines are kept open with a floor-to-ceiling window placed at the end of the hallway, opposite the end wall of windows. At the front end, a deck extends out allowing space for a couple of chairs and a small table to enjoy the outdoors.

With the right mind set (and the right decor + furnishings) small spaces can serve up big time design potential. If you’re feeling inspired to maximize the square feet you’ve got with the help of modern and unique finds, we share some of our favorite small space-friendly home decor.

Tasked with building a tiny home in isolation, Matt Williams Architects designed this small, triangular retreat in Dolphin Sands on the coast of Tasmania. Named the Dolphin Sands Studio, the structure spans a mere 32 square meters (approx. 344 square feet) floating above the dunes as not to disturb the vegetation and snakes (eek!) that slither freely.

Did you miss any of our monthly mood posts? Check them all out here and stay tuned for when we reveal what we have in store for May’s design mood…

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.

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