Urban living frequently comes with the challenge of fitting whole lives into tiny places like studio apartments or one-bedroom condos. This is something we've come to expect as part and parcel of being a member of the "rat race." But there's a lot you can do with a little space, a good eye, and a lot of imagination, as we see in the condominium unit featured below.

The owner, who doubled as the interior designer as well, also offered up these four tips for giving your home a "spacelift":


REVEAL, DON'T CONCEAL

Rather than enclosing rooms in which you don't really need privacy—the kitchen, for example—why not knock down any walls that keep you from having a better flowing and larger-feeling space.


ADD HIGHLIGHTS AND ACCENTS

Mementos are more than just knickknacks and doodads that do nothing but collect dust. They also reveal a lot about your history and personality and remind you of family, friends, and good times.


BE BRAVE WITH COLOR

Neutrals are safe, yes, but never as exciting, and bright bursts of color help showcase your personality.


BLEND

Make sure all the disparate pieces of your home come together for a united look and feel.




(First published in
Real Living, Real Homes section, January 2007. Photos by Miguel Nacianceno, styling by Issa Villar; adapted for use in Female Network)

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