Living Large in a Small
By Stacee Harger
Better Homes & Gardens Quick & Easy Decorating,
you feel like your possessions are squeezing you out of
your home? Then attend this small-space design seminar led
by architect Tedd Foley, who lives quite stylishly in a
paying attention to a few basic design elements, you can
find a place for all the things you love and still have
room to live among them comfortably.
one knows that better than San Diego architect Tedd Foley.
After moving from a detached home into a one-room
condominium, he had three goals in mind: to make the space
functional, to keep it affordable, and to make it fun.
got started on the fun part right away by painting most of
the walls black. Normally, dark colors tend to make a room
seem smaller, but Tedd neutralized that effect by
mirroring one entire wall of the condominium, by using
minimal window treatments, and by opting for light-color
carpet and storage pieces. At night, halogen bulbs take
over, producing a warm white light that is more akin to
natural light than incandescents.
took advantage of varied levels within the apartment to
define the living, working, and sleeping spaces, while
still keeping an open feeling. He used inexpensive,
assemble-it-yourself storage pieces to create partial
walls, and designed each area around his existing
furniture—all simple, small-scale pieces.
steps up from the living room—defined by a dramatic
checkerboard area rug and contemporary seating pieces—is
Tedd’s home office. Here, the architect created a desk
by placing a gray laminate work surface atop modular
storage pieces. When a dinner party is on the agenda, Tedd
simply clears the desk of its office accessories and
transforms it into a serving buffet.
to the office is the sleeping area. To provide some
privacy, Tedd strategically assembled a tall display wall
at the foot of the bed and mounted vertical blinds to the
ceiling to close off the space. Vertical blinds also
obscure the view into the kitchen.
apartment’s 16-foot-long balcony takes full advantage of
San Diego’s idyllic climate and functions as an
extension of the living room. Here again, no space is
wasted. A washer and dryer hide behind the doors at one
end. At the other is a whimsical storage cabinet Tedd
designed. In between, a table and chairs take pressure off
the kitchen’s slim snack counter.
deck is a good place to come to read, have brunch, or
entertain thirteen of your closest friends when you only
have four hundred sixty-three square feet,” says Tedd.
Architect Tedd Foley proves that you can live comfortably
and happily in a small space—if you plan carefully and
use your imagination.
give a bold checkerboard living room rug even more impact,
Tedd arranged it at an angle to the wall, then aligned his
furniture—including a Corbusier love seat and a pair of
Wassily chairs—around it.
space planning was critical for this 463-square-foot floor
Tedd turned some ordinary plastic and rubber materials
into a bright yellow and blue zigzag sculpture over the
furnishings are a must in small spaces. Here, a laminated
work surface resting on three sleek storage pieces serves
as a desk, a nightstand, and even a serving buffet.
steps up from the living/dining area is Tedd’s home
office, defined by the platform itself as well as some
strategically arranged furnishings.
Stacked in a floor-to-ceiling configuration, storage
modules provide privacy for the sleeping area as well as
display and storage space.
balcony also makes the most of limited space. A colorful
armoire that Tedd designed repeats the apartment’s use
of a checkerboard motif and stores a load of household
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