Courtyards for Gorgeously Lit Homes

With the increasing space crunch, houses are more congested and packed together with no open space around them. How to bring in more light into the house? Many a time there are no windows in some rooms and how to get some daylight? Open courtyards – interior courtyards can be the answer. With their open ceiling, they add to the beauty of the interiors by bringing in daylight directly to the interiors

Open courtyards are spaces open to sky – maybe with an optional partial glass ceiling – and with walls on all four sides. Some of them are designed with some soil beds in their corners for growing some plants, even some trees. Many of the homes use the corridor space or hallway space – spaces that will be otherwise extraneous or wasted – as the location to have the open courtyard.

Since they are open to sky, they bring sunlight to parts of house which would have been dark and stuffy without the courtyard. With a well-planned open courtyard right in the heart of your home, your living room, dining room, and even your bedroom can get a fair amount of sunlight effortlessly. Even if you do not happen to have a balcony or a patio, this courtyard will serve as an effective alternative for relaxing.

Painting the walls of the courtyard in complete white or all pastels may not give an idea of spaciousness. Deep shades may give an idea of depth and add character to the overall effect. You can think of planning for a vertical garden in one or more walls of the courtyard. You can think of wall fountains on one of the walls that will be a welcome sight with its soothing like music like water-trickle.

With complete glass walls – like floor to ceiling height windows, it will be possible to completely utilize the daylight streaming in via court yards; nicely lit wide open rooms adjacent to the yard with maximum sunlight. With windows open into court yard, there will be more cross ventilation within the rooms and the entire house.

If you are thinking of having an open courtyard in your home, you need to talk to your interior decorator. You may need building permission from the authorities and adhere to all safety standards and other requisition etc. Here are some of the courtyard images from Shinichiogawa. Just see how the entire house looks spacious and well lit!

Warmly Lit Wooden Dining Set

View of Living Room from Courtyard

View From Above

Open Yard Seen from Living Area at Night

Open Courtyard with Tree

Living Area with TV and Sofa

Light Filled with High Ceiling

Dining and Living Area

Brightly Lit With Light Streaming In

Blue Sky Seen from Inside

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Bar Stools – Best Dining Seat Arrangements for Small Houses And Apartments


If you are strapped for space in your small home or studio apartment – especially in the dining area, do away with the dining chairs and dining tables. Barstools can be the best alternative that will save space and look neat and elegant in your apartment. You can stack them one over the other when not in use – all the more reason you should opt for bar stools. A studio apartment can have open kitchen running into living room without any specific dining room per se or even a designated dining area. Today’s small houses that have only one bedroom and kitchen cum living room also will face the same problem of not having separate dining area. Best idea is to use barstools at the kitchen itself using a counter top as dining table. Using free standing kitchen islands can be a good idea. But you must take care to get a slim and compact kitchen island that can do multiple duties as kitchen-work space, dining area, storage space and even your own and kids’ home work space when needed. If you get a slightly taller island – as tall as a bar-counter-height kitchen island, it will be perfect.

Contemporary bar stools come in quaint shapes and vibrant colours. When you go for good quality bar stools, they come with all kinds of guarantees. Metal, wood, polycarbonate stools, and wood-metal combo – all look great and are very utilitarian. They can be used at a bar table as well as kitchen counter tops. Light weight and stackable, they can be stored when not needed. Here are some beautiful looking barstools from Casamania. They look light, sleek with classic and clean-cut designs. Very comfortable looking, but they are not space hogging. With footrests and back supports, some look so elegant and stylish, will add ambience to any room in your home. Perfect for a small home!

I am sure you are also keen to get some bar stools like above. These will be convenient to use not only in your kitchen but also if you have an additional kitchen in the backyard or poolside, they can come handy. They blend nicely with any kind of furniture and you will love them once you have them. You can be sure of finding them very useful in your small home or studio apartment!

Sleek Looking Stylish Bar Stool

Simple and Sturdy Stools

Innovative and Attractive Stools

Comfy Seats At Bar Table

Colourful and Cute Looking Bar Stools
colorful and cute-looking-bar-stools

Black And White Bar Stools

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Multi Use Furniture For Small Houses And Apartments

Making your small home or a studio apartment beautiful and well maintained can be a challenging and intriguing problem. Especially if you have lived formerly in a bigger house, and now you have moved into a studio apartment or small house, you will feel cramped for space. You will wonder what to do with so much furniture which looked perfectly okay in a bigger house, but which threatens to overwhelm you by their sheer numbers.

Then what kind of furniture will be best for a small house or studio apartment. Any furniture that can be put to more than one use is the best kind of furniture for a small house. You may have enjoyed having a huge 12-seater dining table in a huge country house, but which will be just too humongous in a small house.

Likewise you may have a number of shelves, cabinets and armoires in a big house which will be needed around the house – in your bedroom, living room, kitchen and store room. But when you have moved out to a cute little loft home or an apartment, you have to think ways and means to find storage space by utilizing every inch of your home.

You need to find storage under the bed for storing the extra linen drapery and rugs etc, headboards with storage for your books, spectacles and remotes if you happen to have a TV fixed to the footboard. You need to look for ottomans with storage, find ways to utilize the cabinet door space and behind the doors for storing extra towels, bed sheets etc.

Also kitchen space needs to be utilized to the maximum. Getting a pot rack above the cooking area, utilizing the kitchen island as extra storage space for cutlery, crockery and stemware etc can make the kitchen look less cluttered and neat. Likewise drop-side or expandable dining table will be a better choice so that you can manage space better.

Like-wise, you can have multi-use stools like shown here that can be used as a seat, as a serving tray as a storage for pillows and as a small lap-top desk even. These are manufactured by Antoine Lesur. This multipurpose stool looks very versatile and chic as well. You can store couple of cushions which can be used on the seat when used as a stool or a serving table etc. Hope you would like to have one like this?

Using It as Side or End Table

Use It as a Coffee Table

Use as Storage for Cushions

Removable Top Tray for Serving

Pretty Looking Small Table Holding Beverage

Option to Use as a Stool

Multiple Use as Storage or Footstool

Easy To Remove Option

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Low Minimalistic Platform Beds – Ideal Choice for Small Apartments


Small houses or studio apartments have mostly one big living area that need to accommodate the living space, sleeping space, work space and also the kitchen. Most of them do not have the luxury of enjoying a separate big bedroom where you can enjoy have king-size double beds. Platform beds are great as simple sleek bed options with or without storage.

When traditional style beds are more elaborately built with space for springs, and a large-size mattress etc, platform beds are sleeker and look minimalistic and simple. Low-height bed frames which have slats or hard-board strips give support on which the mattress rests directly. The bed does not have any springs at all.

The low platforms are mostly made of wood – hardwood – sturdy and strong so the frame is quite rigid. If you want storage, you can build storage underneath like a box for storing linen and other stuff. But if you want absolutely minimalistic bed, you can have a platform bed without storage with the slated frame only on which rests the mattress firmly.

The wooden platform bed can have headboard and footboard. The other option is without either of these two boards just the bed frame. But you can have added storage in the headboard for keeping books, reading lights with cord facilities or nightstand like cubby holes. There are platform beds which have only headboard and no footboards

Platform beds are always low – those with underneath storage option may be slightly higher than those platform beds without the storage option. Actually you can have a futon – which is just a little higher than the floor – just with the frame sitting almost directly on the floor with the mattress supported on the slatted frame.

Why the small homes look better with platform beds? Because they occupy less vertical space than the traditional bed frames which are much higher and bulkier. There are no boxes that hold the springs that support the beds or the big mattresses themselves which are used in the traditional beds.

There are no separate nightstands needed for a platform bed. Many a time, slight projections of the headboard – like floating small shelves can serve as nightstand. Here are some beautiful looking platform beds from Go Modern Co. Most of them are in lacquer finish and look very sleek and sophisticated. They can be a great addition to any small home or studio apartment.

Slightly Higher Platform Bed with Headboard

Sleek Looking Platform in White

Platform Bed with Underneath Storage

Low Slung Platform in White Lacquer Finish

Large Size & Minimalistic Style Bed

Cushioned Headboard Platform Bed

Bed with Firm Base and Strong Support

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Small Kitchen Islands For Smart Looking Kitchens

Adding new furniture is one way of making over your home. If you are not keen to make over the entire home at the same time, you can do one room at a time and get the makeover done in a paced and easy way. You can start with kitchen and then do the dining section and living room and then do the bedroom along with the bathroom. If you are not really thinking about doing a full makeover, you can add some new furniture for bringing a new look to your home. Adding an accent chair to the living room, a new design console table for the patio, a new loveseat or a breakfast table for the bedroom or a new vanity for the bathroom – all are good ideas to bring a fresh look to your home.

In what way you can make an exciting addition to the kitchen? Kitchen is the most important corner of our home – a high traffic area. Here all our meals are cooked and where the family gets together mornings and nights to bond together while having their meals. Here the party times and entertainments are planned and preparations done.

Many of us have small homes and apartments where introducing new furniture may not be easy. Every inch of the space is planned for utilization and any new furniture, especially if they are big ones, certainly they cannot just be accommodated without a lot of shifting around and junking some old furniture to make some space for the new ones. And with the space crunch that is forever haunting the homemakers, whatever furniture we are getting need to serve as extra storage place wherever they are being used. For example an ottoman can serve as foot rest in the living room but need to have storage facility so a small house owner handles space crunch easily.

One of the most welcome additions to kitchen is a small-size kitchen island which can be used as a small table as breakfast table, as a work table or a side table. A small size kitchen island can be generally accommodated without trouble anywhere and it will feel at home as if it has been there for years and be most useful for the homemaker and the family.

Here are some images of beautiful looking small kitchen islands from Furniture Find. See what is your favourite?

Tile Topped Black Island with Seats

Side Board with Open Shelves

Island with Wooden Top and Glass Doors

Island with Views of Bin and Shelves

Island Cart with Cutting Board

Granite Topped and with Drawers and Shelves

Cream And White Design for Distinguished Looking Home Interiors


We love to have a room that looks spacious, cool and elegant looking. Choosing the wall color can make the house restful looking and pleasant. No doubt you may like to have some bright colors to bring alive the ambiance and the beauty of the furniture. But this can be brought into effect more with the furnishings of making just one wall in contrast than the entire room.

Beautiful interiors start with beautiful walls. Especially if you have small house or a studio apartment, the prime goal is to make the rooms look more spacious. Choosing white or cream for the walls can make the walls extend and give a spacious uncluttered look. And when you have nice looking wooden furniture, white and cream go with all types of finishes easily.

With beautiful looking built-in cabinets that can free up valuable floor space, you can add to the spacious look more so. With elegant looking accent chairs that are not space hogging, your living room can look sophisticated and yet with simple clean-cut streamlined look. Throw in sleek floor lamps and table lights for ample ambient lighting.

Instead of stocky side tables or cabinets, select slim looking console tables and neat coffee tables which can add utility and beauty to the living room or bedroom. A fuss-free platform bed can make the bedroom look complete. Likewise choose classic looking dining room table-chair sets which look elegant with minimum maintenance.

Lighting should be just right to make the room come alive and bright. You can add a couple of wall pieces like paintings, murals or wall hanging to add to the room attraction. A small chandelier or a pendant lamp looks great in both living room and dining room. Likewise, choose vanity, mirrors and lighting for the bathroom also with care and planning.

With small apartments and studio apartments, it is important to utilize correct window treatments to let in natural light adequately. Do not go in for heavy silk draperies or brocades which will make the room crowded. Opt for screens which offer privacy as well lets in light. Bamboo screens can be fuss-free and make the room light and airy without cluttering it.

Here is an example of a beautiful home designed and furnished by Jute Home. Look at the elegant accent chair and the beautifully done dining room! How pretty the backsplash in bathroom looks and how pretty and vibrant the home is!

Tan Sofa and Elegant Bamboo Window Shade
tan-sofa-and elegant bamboo-window-shade

Neat Looking Staircase Landing

Furnished Right with Nut-brown and Silk Silver

Cream Yellow Upholstery Accent Chairs

Console Table with Low Chairs

Beautifully Wall Papered Bathroom

Accent Chair in White