Today’s blog post is the first in a series called “The Best of Tiny Homes.” For each of these posts, I will feature a small, yet stylish, home.
The first home is a 600-square-foot studio apartment designed and occupied by interior designer Shannon Crain. It is located in an 1882 Georgian home in the historic district of Wilmington, North Carolina. The apartment has lovely vintage architectural details, and the 12-foot windows make it light and bright.
To unify the small, open space, Crain divided the apartment into zones for different functions: sleeping, working, cooking, dressing, and living. She used a neutral, soft cream paint (Benjamin Moore Halo) to unify the living room and bathroom and painted the kitchen a different, but complementary, neutral (Benjamin Moore Gray Owl) to make it slightly different.
Crain kept the furnishings neutral and introduced color in the bright blue window panels and accessories.
Above, the clear lucite coffee table, glass sputnik chandelier, and mirror above the mantel are functional, but don’t clutter up the space visually. The hide rug under the coffee table helps to delineate the boundary between the living space and the sleeping area.
In a small space, every furnishing must be multi-purpose. Above, the Parsons desk can be used as a buffet for entertaining, as well as a desk for work. Below, the antique secretary desk is used as a pantry for storing food.
Shelves were added to the shallow closet, below, to make room for shoes:
I think this little apartment is as charming as they come! What do you think?
All pictures are from Southern Living and Shannon Crain’s portfolio