Rue Magazine: Small Spaces Issue


Yesterday, Rue Magazine came out with out with their 25th issue, all about small spaces. Did you see it? Decorating a small space can certainly be a challenge--but the beautiful apartments in this issue prove that small spaces can definitely still be big on style. In fact, since you have less rooms to fill, you can be more intentional about the space that you do have. If you moved into a big, empty house, you’d probably feel the need to buy lots of furniture to fill it. And you might not have the budget to buy the kind of furniture you’d really want, or finish each room with all the layers that make a house a home--like rugs, pillows, art, and accessories. As Rue’s editor, Crystal Palecek said: Our world is often swept away by the notion that "bigger is better." But when it comes to interiors…a small space can be just as marvelous as a palatial estate. There comes a certain contentment when you manage to make every nook and cranny work for your needs, while reflecting your personal style in the process…small spaces are not an obstacle; they’re a design lover’s best friend! Here’s a little sneak preview into this issue to prove just how right that is.


My favorite apartment featured was this one, the home of artist Caroline Z Hurley. Her walls are (fittingly) filled with art from top to bottom: her own paintings interspersed with those of her friends and artists she admires. I love how she’s completely utilized the whole wall! That’s a great way to pack a lot of punch in a small space.

Wall of art

Love this beautiful apartment in Rue Issue 25

Lovely little details

I also really liked the stylish 490-square-foot studio of Dru Ortega. On his tips for small space living, Dru says, “I don’t live with or introduce anything into my space that doesn’t serve a specific function…and I think of every surface as an opportunity: my windowsill, for example, serves as a mini cocktail station when I entertain."

Cardboard deer head in the bedroom

I love the vibrant, cheerful look to his space--a style he describes as “industrial prep.” And I really want his bedside lamp!!

Chic, colorful bedroom

Last but not least, I loved all the painted brick walls in Emily Johnston's 430-square-foot apartment.

Rue issue 25 - all about small spaces

Her kitchen is a great example of open storage too! Open shelves can make a small kitchen seem brighter and more spacious--but most foods don’t come in very attractive packaging. By putting things like flour and grains in glass jars, Emily turned them into a pretty display.

Painted white brick walls

And her cozy bedroom’s pretty great too. I’ve been seeing so many bedrooms with dark walls lately! I really like the look. Do you think black walls would help you get a good night’s sleep? You know, being like night and all?

Black wall in the bedroom

Which of these three spaces is your favorite? Check out the full issue here.

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  1. Posted by Emma on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

    I like Dru's space best! Lovely and bright with lots of patterns and colors. That lamp he has by his bedside is so cool.
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

      Yes!! I am shopping for bedside lamps right now, and that one is perfect.
  2. Posted by Debbie on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

    I like Dru's space best. I am a funtional organizer :)! I also love that wall of windows, the plant, the visual order of it all!
  3. Posted by Debbie on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

    P.S.: I could never go for a black wall. I do like a calming color though that is not white where I sleep.
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

      I just read that green is the best wall color for getting a good night’s sleep. Who knows if that’s really true, but I do think green is a soothing color!
  4. Posted by Kevin | Thou Swell on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

    I have been thinking about small spaces recently, and how they present such a more interesting challenge than filling large spaces. With small spaces to have you have to give purpose to each nook and cranny, and it forces you to pay attention to the details. I can't wait to go read the issue now!
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

      Yes! Exactly!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Kevin.
  5. Posted by Rachel | 52 Weeks Project on Thursday, February 6th, 2014

    I love all of these spaces! Our apartment is a less than 500 square ft, so this really makes me want to step up my decorating game. Pinning everything now :)
    • Posted by Aileen on Thursday, February 6th, 2014

      Thank you, Rachel! We almost rented a place that was a little under 500 square feet. The price was right, the location was great, and it was cute. But we weren’t sure if we could REALLY handle living somewhere so small. I’d be interested to hear your tips on how you do it!
  6. Posted by Crystal @ Rue on Thursday, February 6th, 2014

    Thank you for the excellent write-up on our 25th issue! I so appreciate you checking out the magazine! x Crystal
    • Posted by Aileen on Thursday, February 6th, 2014

      Aww, you’re so welcome! Thanks for reading my post, Crystal. Love everything you do! :)