SMALL SPACE: ONEROOM WON­DER

This stylish San Diego stu­dio mas­ter­fully sneaks space for liv­ing, sleep­ing, seat­ing, and stor­age into less than 300 square feet.

Secrets of Getting Organized - - Contents - WRITER SARAH WOLF PRO­DUCER KAREN REINECKE PHO­TOG­RA­PHER ED GOHLICH

Dou­ble­duty fur­ni­ture max­i­mizes space in a tiny cot­tage.

a mere 275 square feet isn’t much to work with— it’s about the size of the av­er­age liv­ing room. But in­te­rior de­signer Danielle Perkins was tasked with squeez­ing an en­tire va­ca­tion home into this square footage. “It’s like a puz­zle,” she ex­plains, “and I love re­ally lis­ten­ing to a home­owner’s needs and fit­ting them into the puz­zle.”

The own­ers of this small San Diego stu­dio—just 20 steps from the Mis­sion Beach board­walk—re­quired a com­plete kitchen, seat­ing and sleep­ing space for their grand­kids, and stor­age for all the tow­els, boo­gie boards, fold­ing chairs, and warmweather wear needed for beach out­ings.

Perkins cre­ated space by re­mov­ing a wall that closed off the kitchen and by shav­ing inches off the fridge and range to fit in a dish­washer. For en­hanced stor­age, she also em­ployed fur­ni­ture that does dou­ble-duty, stretched cab­i­nets all the way to the ceil­ing, and uti­lized ev­ery inch of shelf space. “It was great fun,” the de­signer says now, “and kind of mind-blow­ing what we did with it.” Puz­zle beau­ti­fully solved.

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