Resource Furniture Loves LA!

Why do we all have Randy Newman’s “I Love LA” stuck in our heads? Because it’s true! Our beautiful new LA showroom had a very busy and productive two weeks – furniture was installed, rugs and art delivered, computers were hooked up . . . and the sign was installed just in the nick of time! (well, most of it)

Please stop by and say hello to Christine, Kris and Kristin. (those are seriously their real names)

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It’s really, really, real!

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Resource Furniture LA – new and gorgeous!

But it didn’t start out this pretty two weeks ago . . .

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Hard at work with a long way to go . . .

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Resource Furniture Los Angeles team – Kris, Kristin, Challie, Christine and Kirk

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How awesome is this yellow?

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Plus it’s hyper-functional

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The new kids’ room in the Resource Furniture LA showroom


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The new kids’ room in the Resource Furniture LA showroom

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No, we did not build a brick wall inside a bed – even though it looks that way! It’s ConcreteWall interior of Penelope bed system – our new line of high-res photographic wallcovering from Norway.

More pictures to come!

Resource Furniture Los Angeles is located at:
314 N. Crescent Heights Blvd. at Beverly Blvd.

Vancouver Leads The Micro-Condo Charge

Is it possible to live in less than 300 square feet of space? Absolutely — and developer Tien Sher is proving skeptics wrong by debuting their Balance micro condo this week. “Canada’s Smallest Condo” may be only 297 square feet but it does not jeopardize comfort and convenience. The space includes a full bathroom, kitchen and a balcony. Plus, the model unit is decked out with our space-saving furniture and buyers have the option of purchasing the unit with or without a bed system.

Who wants to live in a space that small? Well, a lot of people. In fact, the building already has almost 600 interested buyers but only 56 units to sell. This includes young people with minimal items, retirees that want to downsize and travel frequently, and anyone who no longer needs a large living space. The condo is being offered as an affordable living option in a typically pricey area of Vancouver.

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 Living, sleeping and dining in one compact space.

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 Basic or upgraded appliances — your choice!

Our very own David Hooper from Resource Furniture Vancouver models the comfortable Penelope Sofa bed system with Dani Ferenc, Project Manager at Tien Sher Group of Companies.


March – The Event Month @ Resource Furniture NYC!

So many fun (and informative) events happening this month, including a complete showroom redesign. Info about our events and some pics of the showroom. Hope to see you!


Showroom Window ViewGreen Drinks NYC and Resource Furniture invite you to a fabulous evening in our hyper-functional New York showroom to sit, pull, lay down, lift, design, play and interact with the head-turning, space-saving furniture you’ve read so much about.
Join us on March 12 along with Graham Hill - & LifeEdited founder and a member of one of the finalist teams in the adAPT NYC micro-housing unit competition.
Green Drinks NYC is an all-volunteer organization hosting lively monthly networking events designed to connect and unite the environmental community of New York.  $15 donation. Click here for details and to register!


3.19.13 - SmallShared_PEOSmaller housing and sharing units means greater residential density– the most efficient route to reducing a population’s carbon footprint. On March 19 at 6:30, The Museum of the City of New York will host a lively conversation with leaders in this new approach to sustainability: Graham Hill and Ari Goldstein of Jonathan Rose Companies, which makes high density and mixed-use a centerpiece of the green strategies in its affordable housing developments. Michael Colgrove, Director of the NYC office of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), will provide a policy perspective on the future of green.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers. Co-sponsored by the Citizens Housing & Planning Council, NYSERDA, and Life Edited. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: $6 Museum members; $8 seniors and students; $12 general public. Click here to register.


Vedere LogoPANEL DISCUSSION – Transitioning From Settled to Single. On March 21,Vedere will present “Dealing with Divorce,” an expert panel discussion with Gail Green of Gail Green Interiors; Karen McMahon, certified divorce coach; real estate broker Dan Greenwald and attorney Richard Klein in the Resource Furniture showroom.
Downsizing from “we to me” is a challenging experience many people will face. The physical and psychological transition from the family home to the single residence can be less daunting with the aid of expert advice.  Click here to register.


Ad Home showStop by Pier 94 in New York City March 21-24, as Resource Furniture joins Vedere at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, booth #427! Explore the latest products for your home. Get inspired by new ideas and insight from top talents in the industry. Keynote presentation by Margaret Russell, Architectural Digest Editor in Chief; Design seminars presented by The New York Times; Culinary demonstrations and tastings; 40+ amazing table installations at DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN NY. Click here for more information.


Whew – we have just completed an amazing showroom update – almost every inch of our 4,000 square feet has something new. New products, new finishes – please stop by and tell Challie what a great job she did.
Clei Penelope Jr Lollisoft Poppiboard


This room sleeps four!

Swing Telemaco LGS


This room sleeps five!

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Clei LGM Tavolo

Clei Cabrio

Clei Penelope and Poppi

Westward, Ho, Resource Furniture!

So excited to officially announce that Resource Furniture Los Angeles will be opening in May 2013! We found an amazing space in West Hollywood – right off of Beverly Blvd.

Resource Furniture Los Angeles Showroom

314 North Crescent Heights Blvd. – the new LA hotspot

The building is a former art gallery, and is filled with skylights and sunshine.

Resource Furniture Los Angeles Showroom

Resource Furniture Los Angeles Showroom

Resource Furniture Los Angeles showroom

Soon to be transformed into a spectacular showroom . . . we’ll keep you posted on the progress!

And if you’re in Los Angeles and would like to make sure that you receive information about the showroom opening and the LA events we have planned, please let us know – email

LaunchPad Makes Room at MCNY

LaunchPad made it’s debut this week at the Museum of the City of New York, a feature highlight of the new exhibition  “Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers.”

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Designed by Italian architect Pierluigi Colombo, design & art director at Clei s.r.l, LaunchPad — just 325 sq. ft. — is made spacious and comfortable with Clei’s transforming multifunctional furniture designs that meet the needs of the occupant throughout the course of the day.

The exhibition opened January 23rd to the public, with rave reviews from the press including Time Out New York.

Photo credit:  John Halpern

Inhabitat NYC Features Our Transforming Cabrio Wall Bed with Desk Design

Our Cabrio twin size wall bed with desk, made by Clei in Italy, was featured in a recent  Inhabitat NYC article titled “10 Transforming Furniture Designs for Tiny NYC Apartments.”

The article noted:  ”Resource Furniture has some really wonderful options  whether you’re looking for queen size beds, singles or even bunkbeds.

Cabrio Composite Small To read the full story, click here.


Q&A With Italian Interior Architect Pierluigi Colombo

Note: This interview originally appeared January 8, 2013 in Ron Barth’s Resource Furniture blog at Huffington Post.

With our mutual vision, mission and drive to reinvent space, I thought it more than fitting to sit down with Italian architect Pierluigi Colombo, interior designer of “LaunchPad,” featured in the upcoming exhibition Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers, opening to the public January 23, 2013, a The Museum of the City of New York.  Pierluigi is also the Design & Art Director at Clei s.r.l.


Huffington Post: You wear a lot of creative hats–architect, designer, and art director. What do you consider the key to be successful in each of these roles?

Pierluigi Colombo: All architects, designers and artists create with an idea and with a soul; a comprehensive process achieved with clear language. And it doesn’t matter which language that is.

HuffPost: How would you define your design aesthetic?

P.C.: If I had to define it in one sentence, I’d say it was a resource of proportions; in pure forms with a strong use of color and texture.

HuffPost: What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in your experience as a designer?

P.C.: To play in a creative way within the limits of the materials and the technology available.

HuffPost: Let’s talk about your personal living space a bit. What, if anything, makes it unique?

P.C.: I consider myself quite lucky to live in a 1930s flat in Milan, Italy, with high ceilings and large windows. In designing my own space, it was stimulating to create a dialogue using modern language with the memory of the history of the original structure. If I had to choose the most unique space it would be the living room, which features a round wall corresponding beautifully to the round façade of the deco building.

HuffPost: Does each piece of your work boast your signature?

P.C.: I don’t believe so, no. Each design speaks to its own sense of style. My aesthetic guideline always goes back to my use of materials and technology.

HuffPost: Your furniture designs come off as quite contemporary. How does this style address the issues of a more traditional space?

P.C.: When you’re designing within more traditional interior and urban architecture, you may choose to replicate the existing style, or choose to be a bit more courageous by creating a stimulating space with a contemporary language. I believe having the resource of an armory of styles can be terribly predictable and boring. An object with its own identity, if it is well chosen, has the power to generate surprise and to give new energy to the space in which it is placed. Clei furniture, due to the multiple functions and design, has a strong potential in this direction.

HuffPost: Considering the multi-faceted use of your transformable pieces, what is the first step in your design process for creating this type of furniture?

P.C.: At Clei, our goal is to improve living space for homeowners and apartment dwellers. To accomplish this we create objects that enable use of the home space in a more exciting, as well as functional way. The first step in this process is the identification of a concept, followed by the aesthetic development. The most difficult part of this process is to define the object in terms of function and cost. What follows is a long journey together with our mechanical engineers throughout each step in product development.

HuffPost: Italian design can be very distinct. Would you say the discernible features of your designs are typical of, or exclusive to this Italian aesthetic?

P.C.: My designs speak a more universal language. While they may begin with my Italian take on things, they truly are more about the attention to detail, the choice of materials, the integration and interaction with the technology.

HuffPost: How long have you been designing furniture and how have things changed?

P.C.: I began my collaboration with Clei in 1994, so nearly two decades. In more recently years, sophistication of technology has enabled me to achieve a higher aesthetic in my work.

Having collaborated with Pierluigi Colombo over many years, I can tell you that his responses are clearly consistent with his designs — spare and to the point with great function and meaning.


Museum of the City of New York Makes Room for LAUNCHPAD

Keeping with our mission to reinvent space, Resource Furniture is proud to serve with Clei  as major in-kind sponsors of Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers, an exciting exhibition opening to the public on January 23, 2013 at the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY).


Distinctive Interior Design and Transformable Furniture

Revealing innovative design solutions to better accommodate New York City’s changing, and sometimes surprising demographics (including a rising number of single people)—one of the exhibition highlights is LaunchPad, a jewel box studio apartment designed with multi-functional systems from Clei. Transforming for distinctive use throughout the course of the day, life morphs seamlessly morning, noon, and night in this diminutive yet luxurious living space—just 325 square feet. Architect Pierluigi Colombo, who designed the interior also serves as design and art director for Clei, whose integrated solutions offer the dweller well-appointed, European-style living in a New York City footprint.

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Luxurious Euro-style living in just 325 sq. ft. of space.

Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers also showcases drawings and model designs by architectural teams commissioned in 2011 by Citizens Housing & Planning Council in partnership with the Architectural League of New York. In addition, the exhibit will present the winning and other select design submissions from Mayor Bloomberg’s recently launched AdAPT NYC micro-unit pilot program as well as examples set by other cities in the United States and around the world including Providence, San Diego, Seattle and Tokyo.

On display through September, the exhibition is made possible by generous grants from The Charles H. Revson Foundation, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, with additional support provided by Bank of America, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, The Durst Organization, Ronay and Richard L. Menschel, nyserda, and Edison Properties. Additional in-kind support is provided by Minimal USA, Bolon, Key Cucine, Duravit, Goodrich Works and ConcreteWall.

If you live in the New York City metropolitan area or plan to visit this year, we hope you’ll check out LaunchPad at the Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers exhibition.

The Museum of the City of New York was founded in 1923 to present the history of New York City and its people. The museum is open daily 10am-6pm and is located at 1220 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. For more information about the museum and the exhibition, please visit the website at,


Update from Calgary: White Hats and Transforming Furniture

The date was September 19th, 2012 and the Resource Furniture Alberta team was hosting two very special NYC guests: Kirk had been here since Monday helping us set up the Design Show with our amazing furniture and Ron (el Presidente) had just arrived and was anxious to see the beginnings of our showroom. The two of them had no idea what special presentation was about to be bestowed upon them.

First off, we took them to The Rhino – a very important restaurant close to our showroom – which serves its own smoked meat and craft beer. We ordered our usual appetizer…a bucket of bacon paired with a helping of Montreal maple syrup. For most of the readers that believe we eat Canadian Bacon, this is not the case. This bucket of bacon is your normal crispy bacon (smoked, of course) and is paired brilliantly with rich syrup for dipping. We didn’t notice until later, but a lot of our Albertan entrees incorporate bacon. Thanks Kirk for the perceptive observation!

While everyone was enjoying their very Calgarian meals, I stood up and delivered a momentous presentation – The White Hat Ceremony. For those not familiar, The White Hat Ceremony is a long-standing tradition in Calgary, a symbol of the Western hospitality and good cheer we like to share with visiting guests. The white Smithbilt hat has been bestowed on numerous celebrities and dignitaries on their visits to our city since the 1950s, when Calgary’s Mayor, Don MacKay, started the tradition.

MacKay was inspired by the white hat after traveling to Toronto with 250 excited Calgary fans to see the Stampeders compete in the 1948 Grey Cup (the Canadian Football League championship game). The exuberant group sported white cowboy hats, which soon became a hit with easterners, and presented a hat to Toronto’s mayor as a way of saying ‘thanks’ for the city’s hospitality. Years later, when he was mayor of Calgary, MacKay began distributing them to visiting dignitaries.

We also wanted to say thank you to our VIP guests and ‘white-hatted’ Kirk and Ron. I am sure they both continue to cherish this moment and we in Calgary see them as dignitaries of Resource Furniture who are welcomed back anytime!

- Darren and Mark, Resource Furniture Alberta

Resource Furniture Calgary is officially off and running. It’s a beautiful showroom – stop by!

Welcome to Resource Furniture Calgary showroom

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Altea Book 120 from Clei

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Small Space Solutions with Libby Langdon

At Resource Furniture, we see a lot of small space problems and come up with even more solutions. But we know that we aren’t alone in believing that everyone can make their spaces work for them, so we invited designer and creative force Libby Langdon to share some tips and tools from her book Libby Langdon Small Space Solutions.

We shared the first portion of our interview with The Huffington Post Home. (If you aren’t reading our monthly HuffPo posts, be sure to catch up here and here!) But Libby had such great advice we just had to share the rest with you here. Read on for helpful hints that absolutely everyone could use.

Libby Langdon

Photo by Noel Sutherland

1.     When decorating a small space, most people default to white, how adventurous can you get with wall coloring?

White walls won’t technically add square footage. They won’t make your space look larger and they lack personality, so I say, spice up your space and put some color on your walls!  Don’t be afraid of bold colors — just use them judiciously.  Brighter hues tend to make a wall seem closer, while cooler colors and darker shades tend to make it recede.  So if you love chocolate brown, while you don’t want to use it on all four walls, you can paint one accent wall for fabulous impact. Paint the wall behind your bed or sofa – the darker color on one wall will make it visually recede and make your small space feel bigger.  Another neat trick is to paint vertical stripes on walls, which make a tall statement in a small space.  They draw your eye upwards, giving the illusion of height, which is especially effective when ceilings are low.

2.     Storage is always an issue when it comes to small spaces.  What are some creative storage solutions?

-          Use bed lifts to raise your bed.  They can raise it up to 6”, which creates more room for storage space underneath and the look of a higher bed is luxurious. Use a longer bed skirt to hide your secrets!

-          Use ottomans with storage inside.  They can hold everything from paper work and files to extra bedding. Plus, they can serve as extra seating or a cocktail table when a neat tray is placed on top.  Try grouping four small cube ottomans together as your coffee table, which can be easily rearranged to accommodate different situations.

-          Multifunctional furniture is the name of the game.  What pieces can do double duty in your small space?  Ottomans can be seating, a footrest, or a cocktail table; a tall kitchen rolling cart can act as a bar, extra workspace, and storage; a desk can be a dining table.

Accent Wall Ottoman Mirrors

3.     For rooms that are dark and lack windows and / or natural light, how can you create the illusion of light and space?

Lighting is critical to small spaces because it has the power to make a room feel brighter and therefore larger. Also, by using various light sources, you create layers in a room, resulting in a richer ambience.  There are two kinds of light to work with –natural and artificial. The more natural light you can bring into a room the better.  Be careful not to obstruct natural light and views that lead the eye beyond the room. Use lower pieces such as benches, ottomans, and stools to keep the space open and capitalize on the natural light you do have. For window treatments, translucent shades or sheers work better than blackout or opaque.   As for artificial light, you want to ensure that light reaches each corner of your room; since you have less space, you want to avoid having it get lost in darkness. You can use as many as four or five larger lamps.  Yes, larger! People tend to think a small space requires small lamps, however, it’s just the opposite! Large lamps add height and scale to a small room, making it feel larger.  Try and avoid harsh overhead lighting and if you must use it, add a dimmer switch if possible.  The most important rule is that light should be inviting and create a feeling of warmth.

4.     Is it better to keep furnishings sparse in a small space?

While you don’t want to clutter a small space with too many furnishings, you don’t need to go totally austere either!  Well-proportioned pieces properly placed can make a small space visually double in size while serving all of your needs. It’s also important to think in terms of creating conversation areas, which usually means various groupings of multi-purpose furniture: a desk that can double as a dining table, an ottoman that works as seating, a footrest or a cocktail table.  I also recommend not using overstuffed furniture.  For example, if you have a standard sofa that has two large roll arms on either end and each arm measures 12” wide, then you are losing Twelve square feet of useable space when you consider the width and depth of those arms!  You’d be better off getting a longer sofa with leaner arms so you are able to use all of your square footage!


5. Should all of the furniture be small scale?

Frequently small space dwellers lament, “I need more storage,” so they go out and buy a little chest of drawers that won’t take up too much space.  As their storage needs grow, they keep adding small pieces, still believing a bigger one will overwhelm and, suddenly, the space is packed with little storage pieces! If you start with a layout based on your needs, you will be able to purchase one large, functional piece from the get-go that will make your space feel less cluttered, serve your storage needs, and perhaps even double for another purpose as well.

6.     How do you make small rooms multi-purpose?  For example, designing a guest room that also functions as an office, or a living room that is the dining area and workspace.

In a small home, every piece of furniture should serve more than one purpose, especially as people are creating separate “sections” within one area.  Maybe you don’t have a dining room, so you need to create an eating nook in your kitchen, or a spot to dine in your living room. Most small spaces don’t have an office, so you may need to incorporate your desk into your bedroom or dining area. Or perhaps you live in a studio that needs to function as living, dining, and sleeping areas all in one! You need furniture to help you delineate these spaces and break up the area so that one room can act as many. Convertible furniture—items that can literally transform from one piece to the next (Clark Kent by day, Superman by night) is even more of a necessity because it helps divide the room as well as allow you to sit, stow, and store.  Today there are wonderful space-saving solutions like console tables that pull out to accommodate eight dinner guests!  The bottom line is that furniture in a small space needs to work harder for you than if it were in a large space.


7.     How/Where do you even begin decorating a small space?!

Most people who want to redefine a small space don’t know where to begin. They need to understand how to layout their space. If they don’t understand the proportions of their rooms and the ways to maximize those spaces, they cannot achieve the atmosphere they want and the functionality they need. Layouts are as simple as measuring your room and furniture, putting those details on paper, and moving the furniture around until you have the most effective positioning. Layouts give you the ability to look at your space as a whole, which allows you to craft a cohesive design plan rather than “piece-mealing” your furnishings.  Because I learned this first-hand when doing one-day, one-room makeovers on TV with no time to keep moving furniture around, I created the Libby Langdon Solutions™ Furniture Arranger so that folks could create effective layouts on their own.  It’s a super easy dry-erase magnetic grid with all sorts of furnishings magnets so you can try out lots of layouts without having to move anything until you’re ready! I find myself discovering cool ways to arrange furnishings that I probably never would have considered without the board.

8.     Your interior design firm is based in NYC, however, as a TV makeover designer who has worked in homes nationwide, how is small space decorating a challenge beyond urban areas?

Many people are choosing to downsize, not compelled to like most urban dwellers.  In certain ways, I think “small is the new big” because people started to step back and see how huge things had really gotten. We’ve become carried away with “super-sizing” everything!  People also started seeing the results of “living large”: the costs of filling up your car, gaining weight, big mortgages and just living with STUFF everywhere!  There is an underlying desire right now to simplify our lives, get back to basics and what really matters and that’s now translating into our homes.  Of course, we’re also facing sobering issues with the economy and more and more people are downsizing for financial reasons as well.  The greater part of my design philosophy is that living with less doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort, elegance and style…sometimes living with less is the ultimate luxury.”  There is an incredibly diverse group of small space dwellers who share the desire to live in a space that’s not only beautiful but also functions for their needs and the needs of their family.

Empty nesters: Baby boomers are scaling back and are realizing that living with less is wonderful!

Young growing families: They might want to move to a larger space but are playing it safe financially and will work with the smaller space they are in.

Eco-minded folks: Many folks want to leave a smaller footprint on the planet and conserve energy, water and just not live with excess.

The Elderly in assisted Living Homes: Overall we are living longer and the aged are moving into smaller scale assisted living facilities or into their children’s homes.

Dorm roomers.  Many parents spend a ton of money to create a comfy home away from home for their kids.

9.     If you could offer only one, what is your top tip for small space decorating?

Unclutter and Clear out!  This is the part we don’t want to hear but it’s truly the best place to begin. For both clients and television makeovers, I clear everything out of the room for a fresh vision and then bring back only what serves the purpose of the space.  If you’re looking to rework the design of your space, getting rid of excess items allows you to see it anew. For most people it’s so liberating to throw stuff out that they keep going… I guarantee you’ll feel like a million bucks clearing out some of your clutter!!


10.   What is the biggest mistake when decorating a small space?

I couldn’t narrow it down to just one mistake, so here is my top-ten list of biggest mistakes people make in small spaces!

Libby’s Top 10 Biggest Mistakes for Small Spaces are:

  1. Not using color on the walls. White walls don’t make your space bigger; they make it boring.
  2. Using oversized, large-scale furniture that cramps space, instead of better proportioned pieces.
  3. Not lighting your space effectively—whether by capitalizing on natural light or bringing in artificial light.
  4. Using shelving and cabinetry that isn’t full scale—meaning that it does not go all the way up to the ceiling.
  5. Holding onto too much stuff and not throwing away clutter.
  6. Using small-scale accessories (lamps, artwork, candles, vases, and pillows) instead of large ones. Large accessories create the appearance of greater space and more height.
  7. Not using Mirrors. They bring in and reflect lots of light to visually multiply your space.
  8. Not making the most of your wall space. Think vertically; mount shelving on your walls to display collections and store items so you don’t waste precious surface space.
  9. Using all wood furniture. It makes a room feel dark and heavy. Mixing materials like glass-topped tables with wood pieces makes your room feel lighter and more open.
  10. Using small area rugs. Large rugs create a feeling of more square footage and small rugs look like a postage stamp!

What is the biggest small space design challenge you have met?

Definitely the most difficult small space design challenge I’ve ever met was a makeover I did for the Rachael Ray Show.  It was a West Village apartment that was 110 square feet.  Yes, I said 110 square feet (the size of some peoples closets)!   There was no real kitchen (she washed her dishes in the shower) and at the widest part, the walls were only 75” wide.  I actually have a photo of my foot and hand stretched in opposite directions as I was touching both walls! When I walked in, I was at a loss.  I honestly did not know what I could do to make the space better and I had to think fast because it was a one-day makeover!  Visualizing “vertically”, I realized I had to utilize precious, unused wall space, installing tall, shallow shelving units with glazed glass fronts to reflect light, mirrors to create depth, a loft bed and a new lighting scheme!  Thankfully it worked and everyone loved it!  You can see the makeover on my Libby Langdon YouTube channel as the “Makeover of the Smallest Space Imaginable”!