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Sunday, 25 December 2011

Avidwan is not afraid of small spaces. In fact, she favors them.

“Living in a small space isn't necessarily a bad thing” says the 27-year-old creator of Lindsey Runyon Design. “It actually gives an excuse to live more efficiently, use fewer resources and surround ourselves solely with items we truly love.”

As more Seattleites migrate to smaller living quarters in an effort to cut down on rent or to just get a taste of urban life at its finest, days of trying to fill up large empty spaces are long gone. But being spatially challenged doesn't mean a cramped lifestyle; it just means we need to get a little more creative.


Ironically, Runyon says you don't always need the help of an interior designer to end up with a layout that works for you. She recommends measuring every wall, writing it down and even using scaled cut-outs of your furniture to help with arrangement. Having it mapped out makes it easier to efficiently plan for storage.

“When I’m designing, I like to think of the space as a sailboat. Space is minimal, but every single nook and cranny should have some sort of purpose to it,” Runyon says. “I often ask myself, how can we make this have as much functionality as we can, while still feeling spacious and comfortable?” For starters, Runyon suggests leaving thirty to thirty-six inches of space for walkways, and advises against too many small furniture items, which will only make the room look cramped. Incorporate a few well chosen larger pieces of furniture and don't be afraid to build up. “Try to stay away from having all your furniture at one level and low to the ground. There needs to be some variety,” Runyon says. “If you are going to do storage, go to the ceiling.” Incorporate bookshelves, install shelves or hang curtains starting at the ceiling instead of at window level. Going vertical adds interest and space without being bulky.

And quite possibly the most common yet practical advice: Consider not having as much stuff. “You are going to be living around every single speck of it,” Runyon says. “Love everything you have and get rid of everything you don't.”


Try exposed shelving in the kitchen, which can trick the eye and create an airy, open feel. Take off the cupboard doors, paint the inside (or line it with pretty paper for renters) and stack dishes neatly; just remember to weed through the contents regularly to keep it tidy. Experts advise using exposed shelves only for items used on a daily or weekly basis.

But there is no need to stop there. When storage space is minimal, don't be afraid to take the airy vibe throughout the home. Learn how to fold t-shirts or blouses in a neat way and display them on a shelf in your bedroom in order to free up storage space for something else. “Everyone knows somebody who has worked at the Gap,” Runyon laughs. Keep blankets stacked on a chest or trunk in the living area and towels folded on an exposed shelf in the bathroom. “It can really create a cool look while saving space at the same time.”


The balcony is included in the floor plan, yet it often gets neglected. Capture and utilize the area as you do the rest of your home by adding potted plants and a chair or two. If space is really limited, hang lanterns, lights or plants. Runyon likes the look of wooden deck tiles that are easy to snap together to cover otherwise uninviting floors.

And don’t be afraid to show it off.
“Oftentimes people in Seattle living in studios or small apartments are hesitant to invite friends over, but who cares if guests have to use the couch as their chair or the ottoman as a table,” Runyon says. “Own it. Part of having a nice space is energy, people talking and laughing. It's good for your home.”

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