Interior Design for Small Dwellings addresses the onrush of interest in smaller homes and the possibility that small dwellings might be the answer to housing needs and sustainability. The book explores key principles essential to residing and designing small interiors with emphasis on client involvement and implementation of participatory, inclusive design as advocated by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

Does living in a small space mean living small? The authors believe that by simplifying one’s life intelligently and applying certain principles of design, planning and organization, one can actually live a meaningful life in a smaller space. These tenets are based on the authors’ professional experiences and living in small homes. To this end, the book provides discussion, images, case studies, interviews, worksheets, activities and suggested explorations.

Interior Design for Small Dwellings is a teaching guide and provides information and exercises that help professional designers utilize design theory, space planning and programming techniques. Throughout, the text affords sustainability, biophilic design and wellness methodologies.




Smaller, Simpler Dwellings: Designing a Meaningful Life

chapter |7 pages


An Argument for Smaller, Simpler, Sustainable Living

part 1|1 pages

Analyzing Your Clients’ Needs

chapter 1|22 pages

Why Small Living and For Whom

chapter 3|25 pages

Small Dwelling Programming for Clients

part 2|1 pages

Design Considerations

chapter 4|12 pages

The Nuts and Bolts of Design

chapter 6|32 pages

Color and Light

chapter 7|22 pages

The Devil is In the Details

part 3|1 pages

Practical Solutions for Living Well in a Small Dwelling

chapter 9|14 pages

Finding Storage Space

chapter 10|20 pages

The Small Kitchen

chapter 12|22 pages

One Man’s Trash is Another’s Treasure

Collectibles, Antiques and Recycled Knowledge

chapter 13|14 pages

Let Me Entertain You

chapter |8 pages


chapter |2 pages