Design for Small Spaces

Three contemporary designs for compact times.

By Randy Gragg and Amara Holstein March 22, 2013 Published in the April 2013 issue of Portland Monthly

The Fifth Unit

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“I was worried about feeling claustrophobic, but with high ceilings, it doesn’t,” says Heidi Hu of her 11 1/2-foot-wide living room. The slide-out kitchen pantry storage under the stairs further maximizes the space.

On the tiny former site of a dilapidated garage, a new, ultra-skinny home soars. 

Curated Life

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“My aesthetic is a fairly modern take with a mixture of vintage to offset it,” says Facer. Case in point: a pair of sleek Eames chairs around the dining table are illuminated by an antique store letter “R.”

In a diminutive Pearl District apartment, every object plays its part to expand the space.

Little & Luxe 

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Once a dark space hemmed in by walls of bamboo outside, the upstairs has become an elegant, light-filled apartment. “We wanted to find a balance between a modern and period feel,” Becca Werlin says.

Attention to detail adds style and longevity to a North Portland duplex conversion. 

Home Furnishings for Small Spaces

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Products and lessons to live by for the small house and apartment.

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