In Belgium, a home’s cramped layout meant some serious reconfiguring. The living room was moved near the garden and the previous space it occupied was turned into a split-level bedroom. A fireplace in the lounge area and a sleeping area that opens onto the garden make it dreamy rather than cold. Photo by Frederik Vercruysse
In Omer Arbel’s Vancouver bedroom, a light by Bretford in Chicago is next to an Ikea Malm bed topped with Indian linens and folk weavings. The rug is from Paola Lenti. A Bocci 19 brass bowl sits near a hamper from Connected Fair Trade Goods. A console runs the length of the far wall, utilizing otherwise difficult-to-access space. Photo by José Mandojana.
A 520-square-foot backyard retreat was made with a steeply pitched roof to match the main house’s design. The low ceilings posed a problem for standard furniture, but custom built-ins by Phloem Studio made the room appear to be “carved from a single piece of wood.” Photo by Lincoln Barbour.
In Edge Studio's apartment building, sleeping space is adventurously tucked away in an alcove above the kitchen, accessible by a track ladder that slides along a rail mounted above the counter. Photo by Roger Davies.
A dormer on the south side of an Austin family’s house contains two bedrooms. One of the bedrooms features a reading loft carved out of the attic space above the dining room. The intersection of the gabled roof and the shed dormers allowed the residents to wrap large windows around each corner, taking advantage of the “borrowed landscape”—treetop views that root the house to its site. Photo by J.C. Schmiel