Small Spaces Envy in Brooklyn's Greenpoint

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Minimal living is having a heydey and with home prices soaring from coast to coast and around the globe, the trend of families moving into small spaces in an effort to amplify their lives is on the rise. We came across this amazing space in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood as featured on Dwell last year and were more than inspired to start trolling Redfin for our own space. Not to mention, immediately post all the crud currently housed in our garage on Craigslist. This clever, and we must add talented, couple (Jacqueline Schmidt of Screech Owl Designs and David Friedlander, Communications Director at LifeEdited) proves you really can make it work in under 700 square feet of space, of course a strategic eye for design and luxurious finishing helps too. All photos shot by the talented Matthew Williams.

How One Family of Three Does It All in 675 Square Feet - Photo 1 of 14 - A seamless sliding door by CS For Doors—accented by Mockett hardware—separates the master bedroom from the living room and doubles as a backdrop for a projector.

“One can furnish a room very luxuriously by taking out furniture rather than putting it in.” -- Francis Jourdain, 1876

How One Family of Three Does It All in 675 Square Feet - Photo 2 of 14 - A large metal floating mirror from Restoration Hardware seemingly doubles the 675 square feet of the Schmidt-Friedlander apartment in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. The family of three dines at an oak table from Canvas Home, with Wishbone chairs by Hans Wegner. Decorators White paint by Benjamin Moore and oiled Hakwood European oak flooring are used throughout.

How One Family of Three Does It All in 675 Square Feet - Photo 3 of 14 - The showstopping material elements are the Borghini honed marble countertop and backsplash by Ann Sacks. Hasami porcelain vessels line the open shelving.
How One Family of Three Does It All in 675 Square Feet - Photo 4 of 14 - In his room, Finn sits on a Stump stool by Kalon Studios at an oak table from Canvas Home. The flat jute rug is from ABC Carpet & Home; the stainless-steel door hardware is by Emtek.

How One Family of Three Does It All in 675 Square Feet - Photo 5 of 14 - The bunk bed, the Lollipop IN model from Resource Furniture, stows away flush to the wall when not in use.

How One Family of Three Does It All in 675 Square Feet - Photo 6 of 14 - Schmidt selected Oeuf’s Robin crib for Finn’s soon-to-be sibling. The bird mobile is by Tamar Mogendorff.

How One Family of Three Does It All in 675 Square Feet - Photo 7 of 14 - The couple’s Murphy bed, Clei’s Penelope model, folds up into the wall.How One Family of Three Does It All in 675 Square Feet - Photo 8 of 14 - A Model 78 side chair by Niels Otto Møller tucks into a custom desk in the master bedroom, a home base from which Friedlander works remotely. The brass pendant light is by Allied Maker.

How One Family of Three Does It All in 675 Square Feet - Photo 9 of 14 - The renovation stripped away crown molding and French doors.How One Family of Three Does It All in 675 Square Feet - Photo 10 of 14 - Takeshi Nii’s Ny chair is paired with a Reese sofa and cherry Grove nightstand from Room & Board in the living room.How One Family of Three Does It All in 675 Square Feet - Photo 11 of 14 - Friedlander and Schmidt replaced the stock cabinetry in the kitchen as part of the renovation.
How One Family of Three Does It All in 675 Square Feet - Photo 12 of 14 - In the new space, small-scale, 24-inch appliances from Fagor are incorporated into Ikea’s Applåd cabinetry.How One Family of Three Does It All in 675 Square Feet - Photo 13 of 14 - All of the apartment’s fixtures are by Kohler, including the kitchen sink and faucet as well as the Tea-for-Two bathtub, Vox square sink, and Catalan mirror in the bathroom. The Thassos marble subway tile is by Ann Sacks.

How One Family of Three Does It All in 675 Square Feet - Photo 14 of 14 - Schmidt-Friedlander Residence Floor PlanA    EntryB    BathroomC    KitchenD    Living AreaE    Kids’ RoomF    Master BedroomPhoto: Matthew Williams

 

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Ibby Sasso

Wife, mom, "writer", pun lover, wannabe memory champion, candle and handwriting connoisseur. Public Relations veteran, most recently as director of PR, I oversaw global strategic communications for one of the most iconic American brands, Levi's. I like to travel and talk :P

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