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A small home with a big garden

Living in a small studio doesn't mean you can't go big on your love of plants. This apartment revolves around a walled yard, home to a compact garden multitasking as an outdoor dinner spot and a place to grow both food and flowers (with a compost bin!)

When outside is just as comfy as in

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Two walls with sliding doors virtually erase the line between inside and out. Covering all outdoor surfaces in greenery – and adding some mood lighting – has turned it a naturally inviting spot. It's a complete oasis for the senses, thanks to the delicious scent of herbs growing here.

Wooden decking tiles make the outdoors feel more like another room.
A protective cover turns shelving into a mini-greenhouse.
A folding table and chair set makes dinner outdoors possible in a minute flat. Just add a small blanket or two for chilly evenings.

A recipe for making the most of the kitchen

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This kitchen is an open (cook)book, with much of its contents covering the walls in an intensely inspiring display of equipment and edibles. The large kitchen island makes it perfect place to meet, cook, and eat in. An urban garden three steps away doesn't hurt, either

Opening up the middle section of a wall shelving unit gives you another work surface and makes your most used items easy to grab and use..
An updated DIY take on a traditional plate rack made from a picture rail and wire.

Empty wall space is an organisation opportunity

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Wall space is an (almost) endless resource in your home. There's always a section or three with untapped potential. All that's needed to unleash it is a combo of wall shelves and storage bins, boxes and jars. Keep everyday items visible (or in well-labeled boxes) on lower levels, with decorations and less-used stuff higher up.

The window area is maximised with a low wall hung cabinet - it doubles the useful sill surface area while adding plenty of both open and closed storage.

Bedroom by night, living room by day, lazy lounge whenever

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Letting a room change roles with the time of day is a seriously effective way to multiply space. A sofa bed, lots of storage (both on the wall and tucked inside the sleeper sofa) and a light easy-to-move coffee table and armchair makes this space work around the clock.

A motorised blind makes it easy to control light and privacy, even for high, hard to reach windows.