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.

Secrets of Getting Organized - - Contents - WRITER NANCY MIL­LI­GAN STYLIST JOE MAER PHO­TOG­RA­PHER JOHN MERKL

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.”

STYLE STASH

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.

FLEX­I­BLE FIT

Wardrobes tuck into the kitchen nook, left, and serve as ef­fi­cient clothes clos­ets with built-in hang­ing space and draw­ers for or­ga­niz­ing ac­ces­sories, in­set.

STEP­PING OUT

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.

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