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in the new pantry. Ample storage provides plenty of space for barware, holiday plates, and serving pieces, and the new sink and under counter refrigerator also help facilitate effortless entertaining. Entry areas, or, less formally, mud rooms, are another area where exceptional spaces have been created from what was largely wasted space. In a recent project, Michael Ferzoco of Eleven Interiors stole ceiling height space from a staircase that led downstairs. The staircase's excessive headroom allowed the floor to be extended, making room for multi-functional built-in millwork and cabinetry. An upholstered bench is a place to rest and put on shoes; a storage cabinet hides shoes, boots, hats, and gloves; and a cantilevered shelf provides space for mail, keys, wallet, and dog walking accoutrements. In another project, Ferzoco created custom cabinet lockers for children in an entry area by claiming space from an oversized garage and bumping out the wall to accommodate a set of cantilevered lockers. Newman advises to remember the air above and the air below. While she recommends keeping spaces open below furniture in a small space to maintain the flow of air and lighten the feel of the room, when plan- ning storage, spaces both low and high should be utilized. Store out of season decorations or infrequently used appliances up high. A thin shelf positioned high on the wall can hold a collection of colorful vases or bottles out of the way but still appealing like "eye candy," she says. How it Should Look Whether for storage or planning or escaping the grind, a creative and small space should be, above all, neat and orderly. Clutter will turn a creative space into a closet, and nobody wants to hang out in there. Furthermore, advises Johnson, keep furniture to scale. An oversized piece will feel wrong in a tiny space. And don't forget lighting. A reading nook, artist retreat, or office will optimally have a window that lets in good, natural light. A window is less important for a wet bar or a lav, but lighting should never be underestimated. A small room without windows will quickly feel like a cave without adequate artificial lighting. Johnson likes recessed light- 52 Creative Uses for Small Spaces W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 4 Interior designer Karen Newman of Pentimento Interiors created this "mom central" space Scale and Function C O U R T E S Y O F P E N T I M E N T O I N T E R I O R S 046-053_WWMa14_Small Spaces_v3_WellesleyWeston Magazine 2/1/14 3:35 PM Page 52

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