This compact one bedroom apartment is a mixture of Japanese and Scandinavian minimalism, designed by INT2 Architecture, located in Saint-Petesburg, Russia. With a limited budget, this 667 square foot (62 square meters) home was decorated with plenty of inspired creativity, mixing DIY furnishings and accessories to create an artful aesthetic. The interior spaces were separated into a living room with kitchen and dining area, hallway, bedroom, bathroom and a balcony. The front entryway hall features a spacious dressing room just off the living area. A wall of aggregate concrete blocks separates the living room from the dressing room, which acts as not only a media wall, but natural ventilation and light can filter into the space. The designers used inexpensive and readily available materials, such a painting walls, pine flooring, white ceramic tiles and birch plywood. Concrete was already existent on the hallway floor, ceiling and balcony, which was covered with a protective varnish.
Some of the furnishings and accessories were retrofitted on the spot by the design team, such as: plywood boxes along the windows, dining table and chairs, chest of chests of drawers in the lounge area and the bedroom, bedside tables, lamps, clothes rail, shelves in the kitchen and in the dressing room, sliding doors, lampshades for the lamps, table under the bathroom sink, holders for toilet paper and towels in the bathroom.
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What We Love: The mix of DIY furnishings and IKEA to create a home that although minimalist, still manages to feel cozy and very charming. The concrete block partition wall in the living room not only serves a purpose, it is also very eye-catching. There are so many creative details, there is a lot of budget-friendly ideas to pick up inspiration from. Enjoy!
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This completely renovated turn of the century apartment is situated on the top floor boasting breathtaking views over the city and harbor, located in Gothenburg, Sweden. The small 721 square foot (67 square meters) home is comprised of a living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and small west facing balcony off the living room. Natural light illuminates this stylish home that comes complete with exclusive and well selected details and materials. Everything has been very well thought out and very tastefully decorated. During the renovation process, the goal was to integrate typical turn of the century character with modern materials. The overall aesthetic turned out flawless, with a harmonious connection between the early 1900s and industrial elements. The layout was changed around to create a nice transparency, maximizing surfaces and increasing luminosity. A wall between the kitchen and living area was torn down to create openness and the bedroom was decreased in size to allow the social area to gain extra space. The flooring throughout the main living spaces is comprised of black plank floorboards, with a nice visual contrast of white planks in the bedroom and bathroom. Upon entrance into the welcoming home, you are greeted with soothing wallpaper in the hallway.
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The open floor plan between the kitchen and living room offers a pleasant social atmosphere, whether you are lounging on the sofa sitting around the dinner table, you can enjoy the city’s very best views. The walls were painted a crisp white, with a feature wall between the kitchen and the living room showcasing exposed brick. Glass doors opens out to the balcony, where you can sit and enjoy a cup of tea and enjoy the stunning views. This is a great spot to enjoy all year round, nestling in a cozy blanket during the brisk winter months.
The stylish white kitchen with austere design and exclusive details, speaks for itself. There is plenty of cabinet storage with a beautiful backsplash with glass covered wallpaper that repeats from the hallway. The kitchen cabinetry runs all the way to the large window, which makes it a joy for cooking with views over the harbor of Gothenburg. The kitchen and living area have been separated by an island where guests can sit and keep the cook company.
The bedroom is a charming tower room separated by a large industrial sliding door. To maximize the small space, a clever built-in bed was designed with hidden storage accessed beneath. A walk-in closet also has plenty of space for clothing. Windows were incorporated high on the wall to bring in light and views. The original flooring was preserved in the bedroom and closet areas and refreshed with a coat of white paint.
The bathroom was expanded to allow for a combined washing machine and dryer. Walls and floors are adorned with exclusive gray tiles. The shower is recessed in a niche and underfloor heating was incorporated for maximum comfort.
This compact penthouse apartment was beautifully reconfigured for a couple and their daughter by architect Marcos Mar, located in Barcelona, Spain. The flat is comprised of only 721 square feet (67 square meters), yet the clever layout makes this small home feel very spacious. The interior spaces feature an open concept living room, dining room with seating for ten, kitchen, home office, two bedrooms and a terrace. The homeowners love to cook, so the distribution is perfect for the family to invite friends over to gather around the table. The walls form a visual separation between the public and private spaces of the home. The living room offers plenty of space to enjoy reading, with plenty of storage and shelving for books and accessories. In the bedroom area there is workspace for two people with high cabinets and a fixed glass partition in the middle for natural light to filter through. Sliding doors doors close off the spaces without loosing square footage, while tilt windows allow natural ventilation without taking up space. The master bedroom is at one end of the apartment, which has a large closet. The little girl’s room is furnished with a bunk bed, a wardrobe and a desk. The architect designed a clever contraption to divide the floor. On the side of the living area is a bookcase, in the bedroom a desk area with high cabinets. The sliding door can “break” the table into two parts, leaving part in the study area and one in the child’s bedroom.
Despite minimal dimensions the two bedrooms offer a great deal of functionality. The master bedroom features a floor-to-ceiling closet, with sliding door, it turns into a full wardrobe. The headboard behind the bed has integrated nightstands. The children’s bedroom has a bunk bed, which on the lower bunk has lots of pillows designed to be a cozy sofa space, this offers more play space, but will unfold into a double bed when needed. The end result is a charming home full of natural light and clever, functional spaces that cater to the family’s lifestyle. We just love this smart apartment configuration, it feels so spacious with such limited square footage. What do you think of this clever design?
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Photos: El Mueble
A cool studio apartment was carved out of an old Merchant Builder garage by Hearth Studio, located in Carlton North, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. This conversion project incorporates several beautiful materials into the structure, including deep Oregon beams and bagged brick walls. The designers had a very small space to deal with, so they had to be clever about layout and furniture arrangements as well as the views and dealing with an existing level change and privacy. The finished result is an amazingly spacious pad with just one bedroom which is raised up on a platform, offering views out towards overhead gum trees. The majority of the windows and doors were salvaged or scavenged from second hand stores, in addition to light fixtures, benchtops, sinks and even the water closet. With concrete flooring and exposed brick walls and framing, this home has been left very raw, yet there are plenty of small details that add charm and character. Our favorite feature is the bathroom, with the green claw foot tub with a wrap around curtain and exposed brick wall, it just adds personality and a touch of playfulness! What do you think, what is your favorite feature of this renovation?
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Photos: Lauren Bamford
This stunning transitional style small residence has been designed by Lovejoy Designs, located in Cambridge, a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. This 450 square foot condo is owned by the designer, who lives here with her husband and young son. The designer had a dysfunctional home that was not working well for her family, so she remodeled the dining and kitchen area to make is open and airy with a fresh chinoiserie style. She was inspired by some hand painted silk wallpaper panels that she had on hand and was incorporated into the design scheme. From there, the rest of the interior design palette through the small home was formed. Wanting a clean-lined and crisp white kitchen, all appliances were tucked away behind matching cabinetry. The dining/breakfast area is open to the kitchen, offering convenience and a beautiful design aesthetic. A new eight foot long kitchen island separates the kitchen from the dining spaces, which hosts a dishwasher, microwave drawer and storage space for kitchen and other household items.
This lovely living room is a great example of symmetry bringing some grandeur to a small space. Floor sweeping window treatments and a matching pair of framed artworks dresses up the window. A couple of matching armchairs and decorative pillows creates a visually pleasing design aesthetic, while the area rug grounds the space.
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The kitchen backsplash is comprised of Anne Sacks antiqued mirror tiles, making a beautiful statement in this crisp white kitchen. The countertops are comprised of Rhino marble with a leathered finish.
An interesting design element is the built-in bar featured in the image above, which matches the cabinetry in the kitchen. The center panels slide open to reveal a view through to the built-in cabinets in the living room. The original idea was to pass food through, but most of the time to homeowners just enjoy leaving the panels open to have the view between the spaces.
Photos: Michael J. Lee Photography
Interior RDD is a small apartment showcasing a stylish mix of Scandinavian, French and Italian, completed in 2013 by INT2 Architecture in Moscow, Russia. The interior living space of this suburban home is comprised of 914 square feet (85 square meters). The open living spaces of the kitchen, dining and living area are in a nice spatial layout. The zones are situated on the same plane, which creates a functional pass-through perspective to create an open and airy sense of space. A light colored flooring runs throughout the interiors, with an area rug warming up the living area and runners in the other space to add texture, pattern and color. Soft pastel hues can be found on everything from decorative pillows to window treatments to some of the cabinetry in the kitchen. White washed walls adds to the brightness of the space, reflecting the light from the windows. Each of the spaces seems to have a center and a feature. In the kitchen, the center focal point is wide island with a small breakfast bar for two, with a range and hood above. The kitchen has a Scandi feeling, while the small dining area takes on more of a French style with the chairs and linen covered folding table. A narrow, open-shelved cabinet and small bar at the bottom is located next to the dining table, perfect for storing cookbooks and decorative items.
The living room has been designed with cozy, comfortable furnishings in an arrangement that is very fluid for conversation. Although small, the living room feels very spacious with the right sizing of furnishings that do not overwhelm the space. Accent chairs can easily to moved around for when guests come to visit. Between the living room and the kitchen is a sliding barn door that reveals a small laundry area. The bathroom is off of the kitchen, there is also a master bedroom, small sitting room with an office desk on one side and a larger home office area with a closet and a sleeper sofa for overnight guests.
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Photos: Courtesy of INT2 Architecture
Interior DI is a wonderful small apartment design with open and functional interior living spaces by INT2 Architecture, located in Saint-Petesburg, Russia. This 1,130 square foot (105 square meters) renovation project encompassed adding additional space to the home by incorporating the balcony into the interior of the apartment, transforming it into a plywood box. The addition gave space next to the kitchen for a breakfast/dining area right next to a bright window. Another part of the remodel was space created for a work zone. This included room for a desktop and office equipment, separated from the common areas by a bilateral bookshelf. The open kitchen was given an unconventional new layout with storage space and appliances located in cabinets along the far wall and in the kitchen island. The wall cabinet also plays host to book shelves for cookbooks and reading books for the living room. The back of the kitchen wall features floor to ceiling exposed brick that has been painted white, reflecting light from the nearby windows. The style of the interiors is a beautiful mix of Scandinavian tradition and modern interior design. The white washed walls and neutral wood planked flooring act as a backdrop to the pastel hues of coral, pale blue and pearl gray, creating an atmosphere of warmth and comfort. The most important characteristics of the interior ambiance is the simplicity of design and great attention to detail. At 1 Kindesign we love to feature unique and well designed apartments for inspiration, and this sensational apartment is no exception.
The graphic print from the area rug and pillows adds texture and detail in this otherwise simple design. Small coffee tables are simple to move around when guests come to visit to create more space or to use for placing food and beverages. The easy flow between the living room and kitchen makes entertaining easy. We here at 1 Kindesign love hearing our readers thoughts on the homes we feature. So, what do you think, do you like enjoy the simplicity of this design?
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This charming turn of the century apartment discovered on Alvhem invites a social lifestyle with its bright and airy interiors, located in Linnéstaden, Gothenburg, Sweden. With a total surface area of 570 square feet (53 square meters), this home showcases plenty of preserved details from the late 1800s. All rooms having been renovated to offer current trend amenities while at the same time incorporating lovely details from the past. As you enter, you are greeted by a bright kitchen and beautiful living room. The open floor plan provides a lovely space, with stylish furnishings, white painted walls and original white painted oak planks that runs throughout the apartment. The cozy kitchen is very spacious and open to the front hallway, hosting a small dining table, perfect for entertaining guests. The living room has clean lined and functional furnishings, with one corner adorned by a beautiful white tile stove that is purely for decoration. Two large windows welcomes light into the space, make it bright and airy and a great place for being social. The walls, with crown molding framing the ceiling, are painted in a light gray hue, which helps to highlight the preserved original details.
The back of the apartment is where the bedroom can be found, in a peaceful location looking out onto a quiet courtyard. The bathroom is situated my the main entryway, adjacent to the kitchen. This allows for great access from all areas of the home and makes it easier when guests are over to not have to enter the bathroom through the bedroom, which is the usual setup in homes of this size. We enjoyed sharing with you this small, yet functional and stylish apartment. Have a look through the rest of the images and let us know what you think!
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This cozy and tastefully renovated 32 square meters Scandinavian studio apartment we just spotted on Alvhem is located in Linnéstaden, Gothenburg, Sweden. Upon entrance to this welcoming Scandinavian style home, you are greeted by original brightly painted gray plank flooring and white washed walls. The kitchen is very spacious and comfortable, recently being given a complete transformation. The classic Ikea kitchen in gray occupies one wall, very tastefully designed with a Carrara marble countertop and classic bevelled white subway tile backsplash. Dimmable spotlights in the ceiling creates great ambient lighting for cooking. The kitchen has enough space for a small, cozy dining table next to a large window offering views across the yard and out to the private balcony.
The spacious living room is stylishly designed in a delightful color palette that is cheery and warm. The space plays double duty as a living and sleeping area, large enough to accommodate furniture arrangements of a sofa, small bed and clever storage solutions. A large window and glazed balcony doors allows plenty of natural light to penetrate the interiors, making it feel bright and airy. The cozy balcony with views out to a private courtyard offers plenty of space for seating and plants. With a wrought iron railing giving a period setting and flooring make of cast concrete with a wood decking overlay to add style and warmth.
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The bathroom is designed in a timeless style with white tiled walls and tile flooring in a gray-brown hue. The ceiling casts a glow with recessed spotlights and underfloor heating ensures that feet stay toasty warm after getting out of the shower.
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