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24 Small Spaces with Wonderful Maximalist Decorating

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These spaces may be miniature, but they are filled to their brims with elaborate decor. From a lacquer and velvet backdrop for an austere series of Josef Albers prints, to a loft carved into a gallery for wacky furniture prototypes, to an excess of chinoiserie, these spaces break all the conventional rules about keeping tiny rooms uncluttered. Below, 24 dwellings that make up in design for what they lack in dimension.


Architectural Digest highlights the deep tone-on-tone blues in Todd Alexander Romano's posh Upper East Side 600-square-foot studio, where the designer revels in his expansive city views and Albers tetraptych.

↑ A sleeping nook is set into a closet in this 500-square-foot Pacific Heights, San Francisco "alcove" studio over at Apartment Therapy.

↑ Interiors expert and writer Rita Konig brings a touch of the English countryside to The Selby, by way of her 700-square-foot Greenwich Village brownstone one-bedroom apartment.

Emily Henderson outfits a pal's Silver Lake, Los Angeles one-bedroom home with her trademark blend of bright colors and mid-century silhouettes.

↑ The homeowner featured in this Apartment Therapy profile of a Clarksville, Austin 600-sqaure-foot house built in 1929 has sentimental attachments to nearly everything in the diminutive cabin, which includes a tufted red leather sofa.

↑ In this Home Observer story, Elizabeth Bauer lavishes a Gramercy Park studio apartment with traditional floral patterns and a hot pink mirrored armoire.

↑ Designer Maureen Footer takes New York Social Diary for a leisurely stroll around her 650-square-foot Upper East Side L-shaped studio apartment, which is done up in traditional tapestry wallhangings and chinoiserie galore.

↑ This groovy pad occupying one floor of an 800-square-foot Victorian house in Evanston, Illinois proves to Design*Sponge that everyone should have a piece of Mandy Patinkin in the bedroom.

HouseBeautiful brings its readers a 295-square-foot Downtown Brooklyn studio spruced up by decorating badass Nick Olsen, who breaks all the rules with an unconventional bed-before-window layout.

↑ Formerly a mikvah, this 850-square-foot East Williamsburg studio was given new purpose by residents who shared their tricks for bringing light to lofty living with New York Design Hunting.

↑ This warm and worldly pied-a-terre was spiffied up for Canadians in Los Angeles by ascendant design firm Amber Interiors.

Apartment Therapy's annual Small Cool pageant yields this 340-square-foot New York City rental studio with a Murphy bed and an Eames chair.

Domino treated one lucky lady to a one-bedroom apartment makeover by New York interiors pro Steven Gambrel, who used his bag of tricks to maximize sophistication and ottoman seating in this tiny space.

↑ Kevin Keating, close personal friend of goop herself, engaged Homepolish in rejuvenating his West Hollywood one-bedroom bungalow after relocating from London with classic design sensibilities, and big leather trunks, in tow.

↑ Tilton Fenwick design assistant Danielle Armstrong brings House Beautiful into her miniscule New York studio apartment where every available surface is covered in bright pastel tones.

↑ Matthew Kowles manages the design firm of Charlotte Moss, and he shows Lonny a thing or two about glamorous hotel-inspired living in his Upper East Side, New York studio apartment.

↑ Peter Dunham helps One Kings Lane answer some pressing decorating inquiries using his 550 square feet Los Angeles home as a stellar example of big vacation-esque style in a small space.

↑ Thomas Altamirano helped a Brooklyn resident develop a "witchy chic" aesthetic in her Brooklyn one-bedroom apartment, which is perfect way to get the attention of our friends over at Refinery29.

↑ Block printing revivalist Caroline Z Hurley takes Rue through the West Village studio loft where she takes the prize for most economical use of vertical spread.

↑ Susan Lutjen O'Connor of Sulu-Design uses "faux-kati" to add some texture to the mid-century-influenced studio apartment she shares with her husband.

The New Design Project shares this très sexy Le Marais, Paris studio apartment, where somehow a concrete wall is the perfect way to relegate the furniture into defined spaces.

↑ Textile guru Mary Nelson Sinclair invites Time Out to explore her fashionably cluttered 525-square-foot one-bedroom West Village rental filled with custom upholstery and flea market finds.

↑ For a time, star interior designer Thomas O'Brien of Aero Studios had his bed situated in the large main room of this 57th Street Midtown one-bedroom condo, where the light pours in from colossal 1930s casement windows.

↑ Founders Stéphane Arriubergé and Massimiliano Iorio of Parisian home furnishings company Moustache showed their lofted studio apartment filled with prototypes to Vogue Living France.

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