A Small One-Bedroom Apartment Made Big

Purple-Painted Walls

A bifold door leading to the bedroom takes up half the space of a standard door when it's open. The Empire-style card table becomes the dining table at night.

A Beautiful Banquette

To open up floor space in his living room, designer David Kaihoi built a corner banquette, with hidden storage beneath the seats. "Everything has to have more than one purpose.

Red Done Right

The velvet-covered banquette serves as plush seating at the dining table, draped in purple burlap from Elegant Fabrics. The Kaihois' three-year-old daughter sits in the red Tripp Trapp high chair by Stokke.

Bigger Is Grander

Kaihoi built the floor-to-ceiling bookcase himself and painted it high-gloss Black by Fine Paints of Europe. The floor, painted to mimic a rug, is Hale Navy and White Down.

Enter in Contrast: Purple and Yellow

"We designated an entrance simply by painting a small outlined square just inside the front door," Kaihoi says. He made the four collages with glossy paper cut out of magazines.

Antique Crafting

An antique gentleman's chest has multiple personalities: desk, bar, child's bureau, and — when the child was in diapers — changing table. The small bench is a Kaihoi creation: plywood covered in an old flea-market Mexican rug that he cut up and glued on.

Smart Storage

Towels are stored inside the banquette.
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