Sitting Room

Sitting Room

When trying to make a small room feel substantial, we find that light and architectural details go a long way.  Bookcases filled with interesting photos as well as good reads, give a room depth and interest.  If there is room for a small fireplace, the small room is complete.

Room With Tall Ceilings And Big Views

Room With Tall Ceilings and Big Views

Small rooms really don’t feel small at all if you can view the world beyond from a comfortable chair.  Architectural details, interesting textures, big windows and tall ceilings ensure a feeling of ample space.

Built-In Organizers

Built-in Organizers

A set of built-in organizers in a mud room can transform a small space.  Places for coats and shoes can be a strong design element, combined with interesting wallpaper and a dynamic floor this room feels just the right size.



About the Author: James Crisp

James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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    Charles Mosco June 21, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I have been looking for bookcases like those pictured in your first image. Can you provide some information?
    Thanks – I always enjoy your mailings.

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    Alexandra June 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Hi Jim,

    Coffered ceilings always make a room feel more intimate and I was wondering if there was a general rule on square footage per coffer?

    Thanks! Your blog is always inspiring.


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    James Crisp June 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Thank you.
    No, it is determined by proportion.

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    James Crisp June 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    We designed them had they were built on site

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