Why It Works: A Creative Director's Small Space Home
Located on a charming street in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz Village, the home of designer Christos Prevezanos’ client is a perfectly proportioned space. “The apartment is a sunny one-bedroom with fantastic bones and traditional details that make it feel deceptively larger than its 700 square feet,” the designer shares. “It’s a small apartment, but the space never feels cramped.” Using visual tricks and techniques, as well as incorporating clever storage and multipurpose furniture, Prevezanos was able to create a cohesive, stylish space that feels anything but small.
“My client is a freelance creative director who likes to surround himself with stuff that inspires him, but he can’t stand clutter,” Prevezanos says. “A lot of my design work for this project was figuring out a way for a neat freak to contain creative chaos within a small space.”
“There’s a large wall of floor-to-ceiling windows when you enter the apartment that fill the living room with incredible light. The space sort of dictated that I keep things light, airy, and casual,” the designer shares. “Because the apartment is filled with so many colourful books and artwork, I wanted to keep the palette and patterns subdued so as not to overwhelm the small space.”
“My client is an avid reader and an art and design book collector. He’d drawn me a quick sketch of what he wanted for storing his books. I used the opportunity to create an entire wall of shelving that became the architectural focal point for the living room,” says Prevezanos. “My favourite detail is the window seat with a secret storage cabinet beneath.”
Curating the client’s extensive art collection to create the salon-like arrangement in the dining area and adding custom built-ins to the living room enabled his collections to appear orderly and well-managed within the tight space constraints.
“Even though he primarily works from an office, my client also needed a small work space at home as well,” the designer tells us. “Because he entertains, we wanted to keep the desk and computer separate from the living and dining areas.”
To make the bedroom function as both an office and sleeping space, Prevezanos got creative with his furniture plan. “Fortunately, the closet was generous enough that it allowed us to swap a dresser for a functional desk at the foot of his bed,” the designer shares. “The desk’s computer can also double as a television.”
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