California Home+Design Editor, Erin Feher, Shares Small Space Living Tips

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Small Kitchens and Erin Feher

Erin Feher, Executive Editor of California Home+Design magazine, shares small space living tips because, let's face it, living in a big city means sometimes compromising on square footage. Erin loves her small home and makes no excuses or compromises for entertaining a large group of friends for dinner. Yes, living in a small home (Erin's is only 500 square feet) can be a big challenge, but with a few tips you can make the most out of your limited square footage.

LAMPS PLUS: What is your design style?

ERIN FEHER: Personality matters so much. There are dozens of styles I admire, but rooms that express something about their owners really does it for me. My own home is currently warm modern and collected eclectic - an industrial shell with warm colors, lots of wood, clean lines, and plenty of vintage and custom pieces you won't see anywhere else.

LAMPS PLUS: Where do you find inspiration?

ERIN FEHER: All of the gorgeous homes I'm lucky enough to explore while shooting for California Home+Design magazine, Pinterest, blogs, and inside friend's homes.

California Home+Design and Erin Feher

LAMPS PLUS: Right now I am obsessed with...

ERIN FEHER: Rooms with great, show-stopping art.

LAMPS PLUS: What do you see being the next big trend?

ERIN FEHER: Well, it's here at the moment - modern rustic. Reclaimed wood, chunky steel details and thick rope everywhere. Up next? Would love to see Neo-Midcentury. Those shapes we love in juiced up colors and reimagined silhouettes.

Loft Bed and Erin Feher and California Home+Design

LAMPS PLUS: What do you think of Pantone's 2012 color of the year - Tangerine Tango?

ERIN FEHER: I love it. Right now I'm into hues that are turned up just above the spectrum of your standard primary colors. So blue that's slightly electric, yellow that verges on neon and red...or tangerine, that almost glows. This definitely qualifies. The sweater I'm wearing right now is a tan cowl neck that looks like the bottom half was dipped in a can of bright tangerine.

Home Office Design and Erin Feher

LAMPS PLUS: You and your husband live in a 500 square foot condo in San Francisco. What is your advice for making the most out of a small home?

ERIN FEHER: Stay organized! And...get rid of things you don't need. Life is so much more lovely with less.

LAMPS PLUS: What is your biggest challenge living in under 1000 square feet? What was your solution for overcoming your biggest challenge?

ERIN FEHER: The fact that some things you need just take up a lot of space - like a full size bed, dining table, and sofa. The solution was to customize. Our bed used to take up almost our entire room until we built a loft. I needed a table to seat at least ten for entertaining, so Danny made us a removable leaf for the table. We found a sofa that lets us store guest linens, winter coats, and other less frequently used items underneath.

Living Room Design and Erin Feher

LAMPS PLUS: What are a few tips for entertaining guests in small spaces?

ERIN FEHER: Remove excess furnishings and accessories. We even pull our rug when we are expecting guests of ten or more. It just makes the space feel more roomy. Coffee tables and shelves that aren't already filled with decorative items, books or magazines ensure people will have plenty of places to set their drinks.

Displaying Art and Erin Feher

LAMPS PLUS: How does lighting affect small space living?

ERIN FEHER: Lighting makes a huge impact. Our place has an industiral vibe, so it came with big fluorescent wall lights. Sometimes you actually need that much light, but usually a combination of the numerous pendants and table lamps will do and make for a much more pleasing environment. And...because you can only live with so much in a small space, every piece has to pack a punch. Each fixture has personality and stands on its own as a design item, as well as being functional.

Small Kitchen Design and Erin Feher and California Home+Design

LAMPS PLUS: What are your top three ceiling lights from Lamps Plus?


Vertigo Large Pendant Light at Lamps Plus

Vertigo Large Pendant Light (item no longer available.)

Jonathan Adler Havana Nickel-Black Pendant Chandelier at Lamps Plus

Jonathan Adler Havana Nickel-Black Pendant Chandelier (Item no longer available.)

Argento Antiqued Glass Corbett Pendant Light at Lamps Plus

Argento Antiqued Glass 10 1/2" Wide Corbett Pendant Light (Item no longer available.)

Images: Courtesy of Erin Feher

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  • Great tips and insights! What a fabulous small space.

  • I love how clean, simple and unique the space is. The wood definitely stands out. Beautiful.

  • Great use of a small space.  I love the use of many different colors.

California Home+Design Editor, Erin Feher, Shares Small Space Living Tips