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LIVING Assaf Leib Interior architect and industrial designer You want to make the most of your teeny tiny apartment space in 2018? Assaf has the tips.

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Closet trick – instead of the traditional design, opening a door to the interior with a single shelf and hanging rod, there are much better ways to use the space. With custom millwork, you can add drawers in the bottom, and touch-latch storage near the ceiling. Bonus: for people with taller ceilings, you can take advantage of this space with a pull-down rod system. Using ultra-slim LEDs, you avoid the need to dramatically drop the ceiling height while still enjoying the benefit of recessed lighting.

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In the kitchen, pay close attention to the corners. Use lazy susans in the upper cabinets and kidney pullouts in the lower cabinets. One thing I have been doing recently in small, enclosed kitchens is pulling the refrigerator just outside. It’s one of the most bulky items in the kitchen and this helps to gain a ton of counterspace.

Above: The old Murphy bed is all grown up.

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Harry Heismann Interior designer and collector of antique Christmas tree stands “Just when we have realized we didn’t make it to the beach once this summer, we drift right into full-gear holiday mode. “Once Thanksgiving has passed, most folks start decorating their houses. Not so in the ‘real tree’ corner of my house. There, after an intimate breakfast with partner Mark and pup Samson, presided over by the collection of antique German terracotta gnomes – the largest one bringing bagels on a wheelbarrow – a real tree shaped like a hedgehog goes up, in a real antique cast iron stand (I have about 250 in my collection) on December 24, in the European tradition. Tons of lights are a must. “The year this photo was taken, my

friend and master florist Emily Thompson made a garland of roses and carnations and the only ornaments were candy canes. “This year, not only will I use my late mentor’s [Albert Hadley] Victorian paste glass star treetopper again, but will also follow his recommendation of using beaded

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Although Murphy beds have been around for a while, there are now many more ideas for folding furniture that open the space up when you aren’t using the items. Lastly, the clean, white, modern look makes the space feel so much bigger. Use smaller, intentional touches to keep the home looking warm and inviting. leibdesigns.com

Above: A gnome delivers bagels for breakfast; a rose and carnation garland.

fruit for gift giving. Only mine will be fake fruit. “Talking of gifts, I’m thinking about giving to the elephants or other important causes and skipping the shopping this year. “And as for 2018, I predict that decorating will be back, people will start collecting again, and focus on what’s important: friends, family, and more time without cell phones and computers. “I’m seeing that more and more people are embracing color and are getting tired of ‘pret-a-porter’ looks for their apartments and houses. Quality and a lasting experience matter again and, let’s face it, in these unsure times the best gifts include cuddling up with your loved ones, laughing and spreading cheer in a personal, colorful, decorated environment. “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!” harryheissmanninc.com

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