How to Live in Small Spaces: Design, Furnishing, Decoration, Detail for the Smaller Home

How to Live in Small Spaces: Design, Furnishing, Decoration, Detail for the Smaller Home

by Terence Conran
     
 

A world-renowned design authority shows how to make the most of every square foot.

Praise for the previous edition:
Lavishly illustrated, it makes living, cooking, entertaining, working and sleeping in less than 1,000 square feet easy and even desirable.
--Chicago Life

Packed with myriad possibilities on how small scale

Overview

A world-renowned design authority shows how to make the most of every square foot.

Praise for the previous edition:
Lavishly illustrated, it makes living, cooking, entertaining, working and sleeping in less than 1,000 square feet easy and even desirable.
--Chicago Life

Packed with myriad possibilities on how small scale can still contain big style.
--Chicago Tribune

Whether motivated by soaring energy costs, smaller families or the desire to live more simply, homeowners are abandoning "McMansions" for smaller housing. In How to Live in Small Spaces, Terence Conran explains that what's paramount to livability is not the square footage you have, but how you divide it.

In this comprehensive, full-color book, Conran tackles the many challenges posed by small spaces. Chapters cover storage, bedrooms, children's rooms, lighting, extension and much more. "Assessing your needs" checklists and "Points to consider" sidebars add valuable ideas. Six case studies conclude the book with excellent examples of great designs.

First published in 2002, Conran brings the book up to date by incorporating the latest technological and design innovations in space-saving furniture, fixtures, décor trends and construction. He offers practical design advice on exploiting every inch of space, such as:

  • Using fold-down and pull-out features
  • Buying slimline appliances
  • Installing indoor portholes and windows
  • Lessening the impact of furniture
  • Using scale and proportion to advantage
  • Manipulating color, texture and pattern
  • Using screens, partitions and platforms
  • Improving circulation paths.

Terence Conran doesn't lose sight of the challenges posed by small spaces and the ingenuity and compromises they demand. He shows how easy it is to create a home whose comfort is not dependent on size, but on efficiency and design integrity.

Editorial Reviews

The Vancouver Sun - Kim Pemberton
[Review for previous edition] There is plenty of useful information to be found in this book.
Globe and Mail - Jane Gadd
[Review for previous edition] Conran ... offers his latest insights into how to cope with a lack of living space.... Useful for people headed down the property ladder.
Toronto Star - Donna Jean Mackinnon
[Review for previous edition] Inspirational in its sophisticated approach to decorating and stretching space.
Vancouver North Shore News - Terry Peters
[Review for previous edition] No matter what the size of your residence there are plenty of suggestions here to help you better utilize the space and in the process improve your home.
Victoria Times-Colonist - Bruce Patterson
[Review for previous edition] Plenty of innovative solutions ... Conran keeps to a practical theme including some advice early on that will help in getting rid of the vast amount of possessions that many of us no longer need.
West County Times, Richmond, VA - Mary Daniels
[Review for previous edition] Packed with myriad possibilities on how small scale can still contain big style.
Western Living Condo
[Review for previous edition] As practical as it is insightful, [How to Live in Small Spaces] cover everything from décor tips to storage solutions.
Dayton Daily News - Leanne Idle
[Review for previous edition] Provides ways to maximize every inch of your home.
Denver Post - Elana Ashanti Jefferson
[Review for previous edition] Instead of bemoaning the tight quarters in your efficiency or one-bedroom apartment, tackle the challenge head on with this practical design guide.
Design Lines Toronto
[Review for previous edition] Well-articulated advice for making the most of every inch.
Edmonton Journal
[Review for previous edition] Lavishly illustrated ... packed with myriad possibilities on how small scale can still contain big style.
Good Times - Liz Grogan
[Review for previous edition] A useful book to have around the house ... will help you get maximum use out of every square inch of space.
Harrowsmith Truly Canadian Almanac 2008
[Review for previous edition] This book shows you how, with real-home photographs for inspiration and clear diagrams for explanation. Bottom Line? The ultimate home-design guide for the anti-McMansion set.
Home Magazine - Meredith Gordon
[Review for previous edition] Filled with practical information and design tips, the tome emphasizes careful planning as it takes the reader step by step through the process of maximizing and beautifying a tiny abode.
Homestyle
[Review for previous edition] No more complaining... Conran offers this audit to help those in small spaces pare down to the most meaningful essentials, a key step in transforming small into sensational.
House and Home Media - Jennifer David
[Review for previous edition] Intriguing contemporary visuals, a room-by-room approach to the subject, and dense, practical advice about assessing your needs, design issues, planning, furnishings and lighting prove that you can live well -- with ample storage -- in even the most diminutive homes.
HRN: The Weekly Newspapaer of Home Products Retail
[Review for previous edition] Shows how a little can be a lot if the space is used wisely.... The book is packed with practical, time-proven ways to make the most of what you've got.
In Style Home - David Lewis Taylor
[Review for previous edition] Sleep cylinders, shacks, tree tents and modular pods are examples (if extreme ones) of the mold-breaking ideas in this workbook by the British home-design magnate.
Metro (Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa) - Torstar News Service
[Review for previous edition] How to Live in Small Spaces by Terrence Conran is inspirational in its sophisticated approach to decorating and stretching space.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
[Review for previous edition] The book's strength is in its providing many examples of these kinds of spaces, to give the reader a clear understanding of how the various spaces work and why.
Real Estate Magazine - Jim Adair
[Review for previous edition] More than a coffee table book ... offers practical advice ... covering every room in the house.
Seattle Times - Sandy Dunham
[Review for previous edition] This jumbo journal of small-home living could inspire you to move into your own teensy space.... Conran, a designer, teaches from experience ... his text, tips and "points to consider" are relevant and straightforward. Nicely illustrated with a wide range of international examples.
Seven Oaks Magazine - George Fetherling
[Review for previous edition] [Readers] will find scores of renovation and ideas about how to maximise their space.
Shelf Life
[Review for previous edition] Terence Conran is a space-challenged person's best friend.
Style at Home
[Review for previous edition] Proves that small can definitely be better.... Conran shows you how you can live well in a small space.
The Cottager
[Review for previous edition] This large book on small spaces is a great coffee table and resource book.
The Lawton Constitution - Darcel Rockett
[Review for previous edition] No more complaining. Legendary London-based designer Terence Conran has compiled technbiques for making the most of cramped quarters.
The Oregonian - Pat Jeffries
[Review for previous edition] Conran does a good job of explaining how to see the potential in small spaces.
Arlington Heights Daily Herald - Deborah Donovan
[Review for previous edition] Everyone who is planning any kind of house project should read this book.
Chicago Life - Marilyn Soltis
[Review for previous edition] Lavishly illustrated, it makes living, cooking, entertaining, working and sleeping in less than 1,000 square feet easy and even desirable.
Chocolat (English edition)
[Review for previous edition] When Terence Conran ... says a well-designed home isn't about how much space you have, but how you divide it, we're inclined to believe him. ... Conran shows how a little planning can yield spectacular results.
Burlington County Times (Universal Press Syndicate - Bill Lahay
Conran does a good job pairing the overall philosophy of smaller spaces with strategies that make them easier to live with. Whether your home's square footage is a matter of choice or chance, making the most of it can start here.
Publishers Weekly

Founder of Habitat stores, designer and author Conran (The Ultimate House Book) recognizes in this prescient work that being upwardly mobile no longer translates into living large, particularly for urban dwellers. Opting for a smaller home enables one to live in a more desirable location, perhaps closer to work; a smaller home is cheaper to run (think energy), easier to maintain and forces one to be more selective in purchases and less acquisitive. "Think laterally and creatively" is Conran's dictum, for example, in assessing needs, decorating the space to make the most of light and air, simplifying architectural details, building in storage and investing in functional, dual-use furniture, i.e., wall beds in neutral shades. Conran is fond of open-concept layouts to permit freer circulation space and is not afraid of suggesting strong color for tight spaces. He emphasizes the importance of lighting, especially diffuse lighting. And once you've done all you can yourself, subsequent chapters treat hiring assistance for converting attics, basements and sheds. In "Area by Area," Conran tackles each tight living space specifically for maximum use—kitchen, bedroom, children's room, bathroom, even small yards. Six cases studies nicely conclude this enormously accessible volume, from a studio in L.A. to a split-level apartment in Paris and an engawa house in Tokyo. (May)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770851061
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
09/27/2012
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
249,532
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Sir Terence Conran is the founder of the Conran Group, an architecture and design firm that also operates 28 restaurants and shops in the United States, Europe and Japan. His books have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. His first book, The House Book (1974), radically changed how we view our home environment.

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