Elegant Fancy Small Home

Join us as we ‘tour’ a sophisticatedly designed small home for a young family. You’ll surely get inspired – we promise!

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The words ‘elegant’ and ‘small’ are not always seen together in a sentence. But this is quite an elegant and fancy small home. What a treat.

But in our house tour today, you’ll find that those two fit well together, and that a small-spaced home can be easily described as ‘elegant’ (and then some).

Take a look and see for yourself … Photo Credit BHG.com

small home front door entrance

Grand entrance, anyone? This small home is definitely designed to change our view of small spaces. A row of built-ins offers storage and display space just inside the front door. By painting the inside of the bookcase black, it gives the wall a recessed look. A large, custom fish-eye mirror completes the look.

small home living room

Oh, those sofas are definitely calling my attention. I love them!  Any family will love to have this living room! This decorating scheme incorporated family pieces, including two red sofas, two large Empire Era chests, and a pedestal table. Blue accents calm the space and are the perfect companion to the vibrant red sofas. A mix of patterns on the pillows and chairs infuses the room with a youthful attitude.

small home fireplace

The fireplace. It just looks so modern and absolutely creative. The artwork above the mantel is from the owner’s childhood home. They were just waiting to find the perfect spot for it.

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Check out the simplicity of the living room below.

small home family room

Here’s the family room. Oh wow! A mix of geometric, organic, and ethnic patterns gives this room a playful persona.  The homeowners chose to create a casual space for relaxation and covered existing sofas in durable brown corduroy.

small home kitchen

In this small space, this kitchen’s crisp white cabinets, dark wood floors, and beautiful granite countertops create an ultimate kitchen any cook would love. Okay. Do you remember what I said earlier? Elegant and small in one sentence?

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Here you go. Elegant small kitchen. Based on the photo alone, I think we would never have guessed that this kitchen is from a small home / apartment. I mean, would you look at that? This is the dream kitchen.

small home dining nook

Oh, I love the dining nook! In the kitchen, every surface and fabric can be wiped with a sponge, including faux-leather pads on the banquette, laminated David Hicks fabric on pillows, and a Roman shade in the dining nook. The antique dining table was a wedding gift.

small home master bedroom

Amazing! A disco ball-inspired chandelier takes center stage in the master bedroom, where chartreuse cut velvet covers the headboard, Roman shade, and bed skirt. I love the fact that every room in this small home is somehow ‘themed’
small home kids bedroom

The kids’ room is absolutely stylish! Velvet twin headboards, bed skirts, and a Roman shade boast pretty green hues in this super-sophisticated kids’ room.

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Oh, lovin’ the desk nook below.

small home office

Sweet and tidy! A built-in desk area opposite the dining nook is command central for this family.

Sassy and Chic Small Home


Having a small home doesn’t necessarily imply that you, as an owner, can’t accommodate a lot of guests.  On the same note, it also doesn’t mean that you can’t make your small home look grand, and utterly impressive.

Have a look at this sassy and chic small home / beach house that can be found in coastal Marin County, California.

Photos Credit Alec Hemer/ Housebeautiful.com

small home living room

Would you look at that living room?  So elegant, I love it! The owner said that the dutch doors and hand-carved detailing make this feel like a “Hansel and Gretel house”. When the picture window had to be replaced, the owner saved the original to create a kind of shadowbox for a collection of sea-themed paintings found at flea markets and garage sales.

small home family room

The lower level was transformed into a family room. I love that the owner decided to add a family room. From the looks of this one, any family member would be glad to spend their time here.

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Over Brian Kennedy’s metal fireplace, you can see a portion of the new foundation. Industrial baskets from Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage, turned upside-down, became coffee tables. Blue slag glass from Artefact Design and Salvage has the look of sea glass. 

small home kitchen

White (Snow on the Mountain) and vintage. Lovin’ the combination. The owner became obsessed with finding just the right vintage stove; he spotted this Chambers range on antiqueappliances.com. The blackboard on the breakfast bar is an opportunity for an intriguing quote. Subway tiles by Heath Ceramics remind the owner of the inside of a shell. Gemini ceiling lights from Alfa. Paint throughout the house is Benjamin Moore’s Snow on the Mountain.

small home dining room

Here’s the dining room. Don’t you just love how everything, so far (from living room to here), is strategically decorated and designed? In the dining area, Shaw ceiling lights from the Urban Electric Co. hang over an antique trestle table, paired with vintage captain’s chairs. A banquette, with more storage underneath, doubles as a guest bed. Genius! Vintage French linen — it reminds the owner of sailcloth — hangs casually from Restoration Hardware rings at the window.

small home outdoor dining area

An outdoor dining area? You gotta love this house! The honed Calacatta marble counter in the kitchen extends outside to make passing food easier.

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Tolix Marais stools from Design Within Reach are pulled up to the counter.

small home master bedroom

Simply gorgeous, right? Closet mirrors in the master bedroom expand the sense of space. The CB2 platform bed is covered in vintage French linen.

small home bathroom

A bunk room bath for family members and guests. The owner of this house is brilliant! As you can see, the bunk room bath is fitted with lockers for family members and guests. The owner had the faucets on Kohler’s Brockway sinks stripped down to the brass. The wall paneling is painted in alternating bands of flat and semigloss paint, echoing the stripe on the Pottery Barn towels.

small home guest room

Take a look at the guest room … and the view! Wow. I would certainly love to have a visit, and even if I own this house, I think I’ll stay here, thank you. 😉 The owner took the guest room ceiling up to the rafters and opened it up with a Juliet balcony. Linen curtains lined with blackout material let guests sleep late.

small home deck

It’s just so amazing that a 1,650-square-foot beach house can still have a stylish deck. I’m in awe, that’s for sure. “The setting is the star,” says the owner, who kept the outdoor dining area simple. An assortment of galvanized metal furniture — including Crate & Barrel’s Lyle chairs and 1934 Dining Chairs from the Sundance Catalog — are gathered around a table covered in Sundance’s Americana tablecloth, made of homespun cotton and linen.

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small home back of the house

A peek at what the back of this lovely beach house / small home looks like. A deck and galvanized metal Juliet balconies on the upstairs bedrooms add to the square footage.