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December 18, 2015
Small doesn't have to mean spartan. These compact dwellings manage to be both luxurious and diminutive.
Swiss family getaway small space renovation with stubli and ikea beanbags and heirloom rug

In a a 970-square-foot, 17th-century house in the Swiss Alps, a series of compact rooms create a cozy living space for a family. Original wood paneling envelops the stübli, a small room designer Jonathan Tuckey decorated with a vintage cocktail chair from Poland, IKEA beanbags, architectural monographs, and a family heirloom rug.

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Originally appeared in A Sliced-Up House Comes Together Again
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Small modern New York City studio with fumed oak flooring, Nakashima studio chairs, and Knoll tulip table in dining area

Greg Dufner, a designer of grand spaces, packed all the essentials—and more—into his Manhattan studio of only 520 square feet. In the dining room, a pair of Grass-Seated chairs by Nakashima Studio surround a Tulip table by Eero Saarinen for Knoll. 

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Originally appeared in This Luxurious Apartment in Greenwich Village Is Only 520 Square Feet
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Vinalhaven middle cabin bedroom.

Three small pavilions—totalling no more than 900 square feet—form a summer retreat in Vinalhaven, Maine. Situated between the main living space and the other bedroom, the middle cabin is furnished with a Calder side table by Konstantin Grcic, a vintage Dalu lamp by Vico Magistretti, and handwoven blankets from Swans Island Company. 

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Originally appeared in A Cluster of Cabins in a Former Quarry Makes a Simple Vacation Escape
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Modern Scandinavian living room with a wood-burning stove

With an inviting, open-plan living area, this 860-square-foot floating home in Copenhagen is a warm haven from the adjacent water. A Rais wood-burning stove enhances the cozy atmosphere.

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Originally appeared in The Residents of This Tiny Floating Home Can Dive Into the Water Two Feet from Bed
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Home-office in Montreal

An 800-square-foot live/work space in a former Montreal tire shop feels welcoming and personal, thanks to the collection of books and artwork that adorns the walls.

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Originally appeared in An Efficient Live-Work Space in Montreal
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View of garage remodel through window.

In Seattle, a 320-square-foot garage was recast as a comfortable studio apartment. Light cascades into the living room through a row of six insulated timber windows on the south wall.

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Originally appeared in Tiny 1920s Garage Transformed Into a Charming Studio
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Swiss family getaway small space renovation with stubli and ikea beanbags and heirloom rug

In a a 970-square-foot, 17th-century house in the Swiss Alps, a series of compact rooms create a cozy living space for a family. Original wood paneling envelops the stübli, a small room designer Jonathan Tuckey decorated with a vintage cocktail chair from Poland, IKEA beanbags, architectural monographs, and a family heirloom rug.

Photo by James Brittain.

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