Use mini sofas
A typical sofa is almost always a waste of space, since the middle seat is rarely used. Max out your area with two loveseats.
Bonus: They make a room feel a whole lot bigger.
Get this look: Homage-to-Motherwell prints, Ralph Lauren tiger-print pillow, pink velvet ombré pillow, all ELTE.
Homeowner smarts: When you’ve got it, you’ve just got it. Take writer and stylist Kate Gertner, who refused to compromise on wow factor when designing her functional and fabulous Toronto apartment — even though it’s less than 400 square feet. Tiny rooms, a cramped bathroom and teensy kitchen? Irrelevant details. In an apartment that’s smaller than some master bathrooms, she’s created a stunning three-room home that’s glamorous, comfortable and full of smart storage tricks. “I move my furniture around all the time, so it’s easy for me to host six people at a dinner party without it feeling tight,” she says.