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Interior Design – Smart Small Space Decorating Ideas

Step inside HGTV designer Alexandra Hutchison’s 640-square-foot main floor, which includes her living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Get her decorating tips for creating a cohesive look from one room to another, adding unexpected pops of colour and designing practical built-in storage.

In this video you’ll see before and after shots of her home renovation. In the entryway, Alexandra used bold blue paint to add interest to the space, and applied the same blue paint to the living room ceiling for drama. Using a vintage mid-century modern teak chest in the living room provides ample storage. The warm wood tones continue in the kitchen where teak-look cabinets and wood-panelled walls around the dining area create a sense of luxury. Alexandra created a restaurant-like dining nook with a velvet-upholstered kitchen banquette that doubles as storage. Over in the small principal bedroom, neutral-toned grasscloth wallpaper with a hint of gold creates a cosy vibe. Re-arranging the bathroom layout made the space practical, and it now features porcelain wall tiles and herringbone marble floor tiles.
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Interior Design – Smart Small Space Decorating Ideas


  1. Hi Alexandra
    I was a little unclear … Was your front entrance shared by your tenants? I would also have loved to see the shower as well.
    Where your pretty pooch was … Was that a rear door? Where did your washing machine go??
    I thought you made the absolute most of your space and I would need all the storage you put in …. Very creative use of space! The bulkhead in the lounge worked really well.
    I loved the colours and how it blended from room to room! I loved that it didn't look like a showroom but your home and you achieved your goal…it is elegant with a luxurious feel!! The paintings are gorgeous!
    Currently we are building a new home (Melbourne, Australia). I am getting some wonderful inspiration from videos like yours! I have some pieces of furniture from grandparents etc. that I need to include … I hope I can make my home look as together as yours is as well as still including my mismatched pieces!!!!
    Thank you for sharing! Best wishes and enjoy your home . Debby

  2. I just found this video 3 years later and the space is still current and just beautiful! The choices were not too trendy so the style held up. You did a fabulous job in this house! Thanks for sharing.


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