A Functional One-Bedroom Unit in Vancouver, Canada

With a few helpful tips, bold and beautiful can still be achieved despite the space limitation

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Flowform Design Group Interior Designer: George Verdolaga

Many have the misconception that a comfortable, stylish home is hard to achieve given a limited space. But with a few, simple rules, anyone can have a beautiful flat with all the comforts of a perfect home. Interior designer George Verdolaga of the Canadian design firm Flowform Design Group, Ltd., was the design principal of this 50sqm, one-bedroom unit that proves exactly that.  

The home comes complete with a dining set, a kitchenette, a living area, and a comfortable bedroom—all designed to create a functional and visually pleasing home. One big rule that George followed was to measure everything precisely. The furniture was chosen not only because they visually coordinated with the space but also because they fit perfectly into it. No particular piece is too bulky, allowing easy movement throughout the house. Now, the house has become a perfect sanctuary for the retired Filipina homeowner—proving that a comfortable home doesn’t have to be a lavish house but can be found in a space that simply provides everything you need.

Original article by Katherine Lopez. Photos courtesy of Flowform Design Group.

Read the original article ("A Little Piece of Heaven") in the January 2010 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Living Area George credits IKEA as the main source of the furniture in this home. It allowed him to choose stylish and affordable pieces that fit well into the modern space. The living area was arranged to maximize the very square unit. Not only does it allow free movement around the area but it also creates a dynamic look that breaks the rigid spot.
Living Area Detail Despite all the furniture, the space feels comfortable and at ease.
Dining Area George made sure to place pieces like this free-standing mirror to create the illusion of space in the unit. The dining chairs from Bo Concept were not only comfortable but light and slim as well so the pieces don't overwhelm the space.
Bedroom Given such a small space, George was not free to place fashionable or decorative furniture or décor. He instead played around with the accessories and bedding to create a chic bedroom for the resident.
Bathroom Given the narrow space, George added a few accessories into the bathroom to add a sense of tranquility so no one feels claustrophobic while inside.

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