Ingenious Small Spaces

The Genteel Cottage October 2015 Southern Living

The Genteel Cottage
October 2015 Southern Living

This month’s issue of Traditional home’s cover promised Ingenious Small Spaces and did they deliver!

So many pictures of small houses either look completely impractical, like living in a fussy doll house or a “she shed.” Or they go to the other extreme and look like semi-glorified campers.

In the feature Southern Home – The South’s Best Design & Style Ideas titled The Art of Living Small demonstrates two designers’ ideas on how to live large in a small space.

The Genteel Cottage October 2015 Southern Living

The Genteel Cottage
October 2015 Southern Living

This is the front of the house. Very charming! The kitchen is to the left. The whole house is only 1200 square feet of floor space. This isn’t as tiny as most Tiny Houses, but is a practical size. (Actually, it’s bigger than the log cabin I live in.)

“It was very important to the owners that it was a comfortable, cozy place to be. It was hard not to make it charming too.”
Sam Blount, from Decatur, Mississippi, based in New York City

The dining area, at the top of this page uses two traditional brass wall bracket sconces instead of a chandelier. The banquette gives additional storage. It’s practical and adorable!

The Genteel Cottage October 2015 Southern Living

The Genteel Cottage
October 2015 Southern Living

This is the kitchen. Enough work surfaces, storage and style! I love the small crystal lantern pendant over the sink.

The ideas that Blount recommends are:

  • Symmetry
  • Two rugs instead of one big one or a lot of little ones
  • Limited color palette
  • “Cunning” storage
Antique Reproduction Small Crystal Chandeliers

Antique Reproduction Small Chandeliers

Small scale Antique Reproduction Chandeliers bring elegance to many interior design applications. Use a single small chandelier suspended next to a sofa in place of a table lamp. A Series of small chandeliers can be used over a bar or kitchen island for a more traditional or historic interior.

Antique Reproduction Brackets

Antique Reproduction Brackets

Drawn from historic sources, these wall brackets work with a variety of formal or traditional interiors. Look for iron, gold or silver finish in patinaed metal or painted finish.

Antique Style Lanterns

Antique Style Lanterns

These open lantern style pendants incorporate elements from a variety of historical sources. With antiqued or painted finishes and intricately designed cages, Antique Reproduction Lantern Pendants enhance a foyer or a high ceiling.

Antique Reproduction Small Crystal Chandeliers

Antique Reproduction Small Crystal Chandeliers

Small Crystal Chandeliers in Antique Reproduction style combine historic elements in a small chandelier. Hang a small crystal chandelier over your tub for a sumptuous feminine bath. A small dinette takes on added importance with a beautiful antique style chandellette dressed in crystal.

Contemporary Small Chandeliers

Contemporary Small Chandeliers

Brushed finishes with sleek design lines are characteristic of this style. Use these small contemporary chandeliers and chandellettes in a variety of applications.

Modern Chandeliers

Modern Small Chandeliers

These smaller scale modern chandeliers coordinate with a variety of interiors. Cool and understated. Metal and glass. Industrial components in a domestic setting. Stream-lined, clean. Functional, without ornament or decoration. Simplicity.

Rustic Small Chandeliers

Rustic Small Chandeliers

Small, fun whimsical rustic chandeliers for your dinette or other application.

Rustic Large Chandeliers

Small Traditional Chandeliers

These smaller traditional chandeliers are true classics. If you fill your home with antiques, these are a good choice. Similar to antique reproduction style chandeliers, this collection is less ornate. They coordinate beautifully with traditional homes.

Traditional Brackets

Traditional Brackets

These wall brackets in metal finishes coordinate beautifully with a traditional, Early American or conservative interior.

Transitional Small Chandeliers

Transitional Small Chandeliers

Small Transitional Chandeliers are an ideal choice for a kitchen dinette or an open Floor plan. Easily mixing with many styles, a small transitional chandelier adds light and style to your design.

 

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