“I’ve loved the glamor of small spaces ever since I lived in London, England,” says Christine Ralphs, president and co-founder of Lloyd Ralphs Design. But small urban condos can be a serious design challenge. “There are two ways to go when approaching a small space,” says the designer. “Increase the clutter and give in to the chaos, or create a neutral palette throughout to make the space seem open and fresh.” Christine opted for the latter, working in statement pieces, textured accents and warm metals to balance the crisp aesthetic.
This mix has become her signature and has made her a favorite among the chic set — she helped launch the Club Monaco brand in 1985 and counts beauty brands, exotic hotels and fashionable homeowners among her clients. The condo is the smallest home Christine has ever lived in (she’s had 11 to date, with several featured in House & Home), and clever storage is the hardworking assistant behind the breezy scheme. Click through for a look inside.