Comfortably Small

Sometimes, big isn't always better. That couldn't be more apparent than with the two home features in this issue. When I first walked into designer Lisa Sherry's midtown loft in the MetLofts tower, I was immediately drawn to how open the space was. The two-story, floor-to-ceiling windows and loft-style bedroom coupled with Sherry's European modern aesthetic (which accentuates clean white space with an eclectic collection) made the 1,000 square feet feel much larger than it actually is. But while it felt much bigger, it's how Sherry designed the space that still made it feel comfortable, lived in, and more significant.

Neal Johnson’s quaint Aiken, South Carolina, bungalow is yet another example of a small space with a comfortable, stylish décor. The pint-size home, which Johnson named the Teeny Tiny House, is a mere 692 square feet. Though small, the home — like Sherry’s loft — exudes a comforting feeling, making you want to curl up on the porch and watch the horse-drawn carriages roll up and down the street out front. Though both homes are drastically different in style, they each make the point that classic design with a comfortable feel doesn’t always require more space.

If comfort is important to you during the beginning of the cool fall, consider the comfort food we feature on page 32. Sure, it’s kid-friendly eats, but it’s for adults, too. After all, who doesn’t love a crisp grilled cheese sandwich dipped in hot tomato soup on a cold November afternoon? If that weren’t enough to pique your culinary interest, check out the recipe for Amelie’s French Bakery’s popular salted caramel brownies. The delectable treats are so rich that there’s a cult following in Charlotte. And for good reason — they’re that delicious. Whip up a batch yourself with the recipe on page 15.

Finally, for those stuck on how to decorate that one empty room in your house (or redo a room you’ve been meaning to get to since spring), check out our feature on page 46. Three styles, one room — we show you how to design a room that’s traditional, modern, or eclectic.

Categories: Expert Advice (People), From The Editor