Small Space Inspiration: Windsor Terrace

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I read dozens of interior design magazines every month, and after pages and pages of home inspiration, it is rare that a house or an apartment really strikes a chord with me. This month's issue of Dwell grabbed my attention with its small spaces coverline. Inside I was disappointed to find that many of the "small spaces" were actually people's guests houses or other auxiliary structures. However, one apartment really caught my attention.

This one-bedroom apartment in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn belongs to a family of three (soon-to-be four), and it has completely changed my thinking about where we might live next. This apartment makes me believe less is more. I love the renovation solutions this couple employed -- and the spirit that guided that their choices. You can read the full story on

A floor-to-ceiling sliding wall panel divides the parents' "bedroom" from the main living space.

Custom built-in cabinetry hides the couple's queen-size Murphy bed. (I am a BIG believer in the magic of Murphy beds, by the way--and I speak from personal experience.) 

The Murphy bed in action!

A view from the bedroom looking out to the living area.

The apartment's kitchen is a clean and simple galley design. I love the idea that you can splurge on materials like a marble counter, if you opt for a smaller space. 

Find more of the space after the jump.

The renovation accommodated an awkward corner in the kitchen nicely.

More Murphy beds in the kids' room: These are the "lollipop" beds by Resource Furniture. I saw them in-person in another home I wrote about and thought they were amazing.

A view of the children's room with the beds unfolded.

The opposite side of the kids' room houses a crib for the baby on the way. 

Again, the bathroom is small, but it has some luxe touches because the couple didn't have a huge space to renovate. I love how they flipped the orientation of the tub to make the most of the space.

The new floorplan for the space -- such an amazing use of such a small space!


CarolGK said...

This is beyond amazing although there must be more toys and baby items hidden somewhere. But as you said, it really makes you reconsider how much space you need and how to make the best use of your existing space. People talk about decluttering/organizing all the time and you see photos of sections of a room, but to see this actually done in a real home and see all the rooms really helps you understand how it can really work.

Laura Fenton said...

Of course, they probably tidied up extra for the photo shoot, but I really believe they've pared back their belongings. It's so inspiring!


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