14 Stylish Solutions To Small-Space Living

While we may not get the most amazing bang for our hard-earned buck when it comes to real estate in this jam-packed city, small homes shouldn't be without style. There's no need to retreat back to your dorm-decorating days (no matter how fond you were of that beanbag chair). Luckily, we've got a decor guru who can show you how to live within your dimensional means. Enter: Emmy Award-winning television producer Janet Lee, who picked up a few tricks of the trade while working with designers on The Oprah Winfrey Show. And, now, the self-proclaimed "serial small-space nester"—she's lived in 12 petite pads, to be exact—is extending her expertise to make the most of tiny digs everywhere.
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With her help, we've put together a small-space guide complete with design tips and some functional-yet-fashionable solutions for your own pied-à-terre. Because sometimes, smaller can be better.
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"Go big with statement pieces like a fireplace on wheels, which casts the illusion that a space is bigger than it really is," says Lee.


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This all-in-one unit serves as a two-party dining table, cocktail bar, and storage cabinet.


Sidecar White High Dining Table, $399, available at CB2.
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Four drawers underneath this solid walnut bed make its design functional, while still appearing sophisticated.


Hudson Storage Bed, $2,799, available at Room and Board.
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The rounded back on this stylish leather swivel sofa is perfect for a small space because you are not forced to place it in a corner or against a wall.


Amoenus Sofa, $10,794, available at Maxalto.
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This floating table opens up a small space by eliminating chunky legs.


Wall Mounted Table, $420, available at I.D. Chicago.
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"Make every inch count by turning eyesores into pop art by painting the radiator," Lee suggests.


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This wide, single-door wardrobe is available in two depths, two heights, and an abundance of space-saving interior shelving options.


Single Door Cabinet, price upon consultation, available at Resource Furniture.
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This functional piece serves as a sofa, single and double bed, and a great place to store all of your treasures.


Hemnes Daybed, $319, available at Ikea.
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Put your feet up and store your shoes at the same time.


Lilly Pulitzer Home Storage Ottoman, $1,008, available at Kenneth Ludwig Home Furnishings.
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Even something as simple as an uber-affordable wall shelf can help free up much-needed floor space.

Ikea Ekby Osten Wall Shelf, $14.99, available at Ikea.
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"Maximize vertical storage with unconventional design resources, like rubber boating straps stretched across the wall," says Lee. "Now you have a hip catchall for keys, mail, and sunglasses."


Photo: Courtesy of Aimee Herring
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This incredible unit serves as a wall by day ... (click to see how this piece transforms).


Ulissee Wall Bed (closed), $3500, available at Home Element Furniture.
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... And a cozy-yet-stylish bed come nightfall.


Ulissee Wall Bed (open), $3500, available at Home Element Furniture.
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This space-saving chaise lounge is also a storage unit.


Ashland Chaise Storage Lounger, $324, available at Chaise Lounges.
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Keep your small space smelling as fresh as the Tuileries Gardens with home fragrance sprays, candles, drawer liners, and more.


Quintessence Paris Home Fragrance Line, starts at $55, available at Chicago Luxury Beds.
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