Live Large in a Small Space

There is just something alluring about a cozy beach cottage. See how three families make the most of their square feet—one has fewer than 380!

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Nantucket Guest Cottage
Photographer: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn, Writer: Marisa Spyker

Nix the Bedroom

Rather than waste precious space on four walls and a private bedroom, Michael opted for a wide-open great room that can accomodate more people when entertaining. At night, the sofa turns into a bed and, in the back of the home, a ladder leads up to a cozy loft ideal for sleeping kids.

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Lacy curtains, fresh florals, and plenty of monogrammed pillows are just a few of the feminine touches that give this room its calming and sweet mood. Pieces scored at thrift stores and flea markets were refreshed with paint, then artfully applied to achieve the shabby-chic distressed look.