SMALL SPACE: MAXIMUM POTENTIAL
A savvy interior designer creatively uses every inch of space to highlight storage and style in her tiny San Francisco apartment.
Space-savvy strategies expand a tiny apartment.
KELLY KEISER HAS EVERYTHING SHE
NEEDS IN JUST 564 SQUARE FEET. Her small-space tricks, which can be put into practice regardless of floor plan, begin with maximizing every inch and using rooms in creative ways. Specifically, she carved a cozy bedroom out of a closet and established a compact office in one corner of the living room. Kelly also selects furniture that can serve multiple roles: Customized wardrobes hold clothing in the kitchen nook and a fold-down kitchen table with casters moves to the living room as a bar or work space.
To keep things neat, the designer is discriminating about what she brings into her home. “I have to be thoughtful about what I add—only the design samples I’m currently working on, only clothes I truly need,” Kelly says. And she never leaves home without cleaning up, part of her “pledge of cleanliness” that allows her to successfully live in a small space. “Everything has a place and is thoughtfully placed,” she says. “As a result, this is a joyful space for me.”
Baskets and a handsome tote bag, left, store file folders and paperwork under the open desk, which takes up less visual space than a heavy solid piece.
BUSINESS AND PLEASURE
A pin board for Kelly’s design business sits atop a closed cabinet, right, where she stores work supplies. A wall of art personalizes the space.
OUT OF SIGHT
Pullout shelves and drawers in the cabinet hold Kelly’s work papers and stationery, below. She declutters the cabinet at least once a month to keep it tidy.
LIGHT AND AIRY
Kelly uses lamps in the living room, below right, for layers of light. “When you have a small space, making it feel cozy is important,” she says.
Wardrobes tuck into the kitchen nook, left, and serve as efficient clothes closets with built-in hanging space and drawers for organizing accessories, inset.
Kelly keeps her shoe collection pared down to fit the shoe racks in her closet, above, with her “one in, one out” shopping philosophy.
Drapery panels add softness, and neutral tones set a calming mood.