Interior Inspiration

Small Space,
Big Style

When a dapper New York advertising exec purchased a small studio in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, he wanted to capture the richness and subtle style of an old noir film. Of course, he didn't have a lot of space to do it. Two years and a handful of renovation projects later, he's created a 575 square foot space that's dripping with sophisticated cool.


Clever storage.

When you're limited with storage, utilize pieces that can pull double duty. Here, a trunk serves as a coffee table (while storing out of season items) and an upholstered stool doubles as a side table.


No office? Make one.

A cleverly placed table behind a sofa can serve as a smart work station when needed.

(Photos: Bjorn Wallander for Elle Decor)


Small bedroom?
Keep it tailored.

Loose blankets and sheets overhanging the bed frame or big, thick comforters can give a bed an oversized look. But that's not what you want when you're looking to maximize space. Keep things trim, tailored and tucked and you'll see how much square footage you regain.