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The Little Book of Living Small
Hardcover - English

A comprehensive guide to small-space secrets and real-life solutions for living in 1,200 square feet or less.

The Little Book of Living Small offers practical, everyday advice for managing a tight footprint. It features twelve case study homes in which style-savvy, small-space dwellers (from singles to families of four) open their doors and share their design secrets. Stylistically these homes range from urban to rural, minimalist to bohemian, with the unifying thread that they are all real homes of people who choose to live small that offer clever solutions for you to use in your own home.

Highly engaging with lists, tips, and actionable advice, The Little Book of Living Small shows readers how to make the most of limited square footage--with grace and style--and serves as the cheerleader readers need to help themselves feel satisfied and proud of their choice to live with less.

Inside the book you'll find:

  • The Small Space Commandments: 10 rules for living small
  • Case Studies: 12 home tours of small homes ranging from 312 to 1,200 square feet
  • Detailed chapters on every part of the home, including kitchens, work-at-home spaces, and kids' rooms
  • Advice for downsizing and decluttering
  • Renovation and remodeling tips for small homes
  • A small-space furniture buying guide
  • Resources and further reading
  • Inspirational quotes about living small

From the author's introduction, "So often, books and magazine articles about small spaces show homes that are neither small nor places where people live full-time (something that has always frustrated me ). For The Little Book of Living Small I have chosen to feature only primary residences--no weekend houses, pieds terre, or AirBnBs.

I have tried to create a different kind of book: one that shows you honestly how people are living. I hope it will inspire you and maybe even change the way you live."

Laura Fenton is a small space expert and the author of The Little Book of Living Small. As the former lifestyle director at Parents magazine, she oversaw the home content for the publication. Her work has appeared in major publications including Better Homes & Gardens, Country Living, Good Housekeeping, and Real Simple, and on leading home websites including Remodelista,, and Through her writing she has explored the topic of living small for more than a decade. She lives with her husband, a photographer, and their son in Jackson Heights, Queens, in New York City.

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