April Summary + Music Playlist

As real estate prices continue to soar, you will find many people who need to downsize or choose it for a variety of reasons including a desire to take on less debt, a desire to reduce their footprint or simply wanting less to maintain and nurture. Whatever the reason, the reduced size has many advantages for those who choose it. Plus, seeing how designers and little space dwellers make the most of every square inch is fascinating, from storing their favorite things to innovative, multi-functional pieces of furniture that will have you wondering why you haven’t. think. Small living space is here to stay and we are here for that! So sit down, kick off our latest Spotify playlistand enjoy clever design of small spaces!

We started the month in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Quebec, Canada, by discovering a pair of cabins by Bourgeois / Lechasseur architects. The Reflection – Mirror Cabins encourage guests to soak up the nature around them. The difference between these cabins and most is the reflective glass walls that make them almost disappear into the trees. But don’t worry, the birds are safe! The architects paid particular attention to the treatment of mirrors – Audubon Society-approved bird window markers – on the windows to prevent bird strikes.

If you live in a small space, you know you have to be very careful about the things you bring inside. If you’re not careful, a small space can go from modern and sleek to overwhelming in no time. Multi-functional designs are essential for little space dwellers, saving you space. We’ve shared 10 multifunctional must-haves for those who live in smaller spaces to inspire you for easy, clutter-free living.

We dream of a place to go, a place to escape to now that winter has come and gone. There’s something intriguing about jumping out into the wild, not in a tent but in a cozy cabin before the summer temperatures hit. Need help getting into that mindset? Check out these 10 modern little cabins that make us want to leave town for our next getaway.

Designed by Jess Bunge for Emily Henderson Design Photo: Sara Ligorria-Tramp

Fact: Just because you’re running out of space doesn’t mean your home has to be out of style. To save you from having to navigate the world of DIY small spaces on your own, we’ve boiled it down to our top 5 tips that will help you make the most of small spaces.

At 220 square feet, Modern Shed’s DW (Dwelling on Wheels) is a modern, freestanding structure that’s spacious enough to make a home, yet compact enough to take on the road. Despite its small footprint, Modern Shed designed the interior to not feel cramped. Sight lines are kept open with a floor-to-ceiling window placed at the end of the hallway, opposite the window end wall. At the front, a terrace extends leaving room for a few chairs and a small table to enjoy the outdoors.

With the right mindset (and the right decor + furnishings), small spaces can hold tremendous design potential. If you’re feeling inspired to maximize the square footage you have using modern and unique finds, we’re sharing some of our favorite little home decor.

Commissioned to build a secluded tiny home, Matt Williams Architects designed this little triangular retreat at Dolphin Sands on the Tasmanian coast. Named Dolphin Sands Studio, the structure is just 32 square meters (about 344 square feet) floating above the dunes so as not to disturb vegetation and snakes (eek!) slithering freely.

Did you miss one of our monthly mood articles? Check them all out here and stay tuned as we reveal what we have in store for May’s design vibe…

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found looking for vintage merchandise, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen or reworking playlists on Spotify.