Stow Aways

By Heidi Mitchell
How do you squeeze maximum functionality out of minimal space? Rosa and Robert Garneau make it happen with multipurpose furniture, a hydraulic Murphy bed, and secret compartments galore.
In a space measuring just 650 square feet, multifunctionality is key.

In a space measuring just 650 square feet, multifunctionality is key.

"We wanted to keep the exterior walls uncluttered, so you can focus on the views, the light, and the air," says Rosa. To achieve a clean slate, everything gets tucked away, including the mattress and bedding.

"We wanted to keep the exterior walls uncluttered, so you can focus on the views, the light, and the air," says Rosa. To achieve a clean slate, everything gets tucked away, including the mattress and bedding.

Once you fold up the Murphy bed in the bedroom, there’s plenty of space for a stretch—even for Robert, who’s six-foot-four.

Once you fold up the Murphy bed in the bedroom, there’s plenty of space for a stretch—even for Robert, who’s six-foot-four.

Robert's sketches and artwork in drawers built into the sofa.

Robert's sketches and artwork in drawers built into the sofa.