Former production designer Danielle Clemenza was working in LA’s film industry for ten years before deciding transition to a career in home staging and interior design. The impetus for this career pivot was also Danielle’s first home staging project—the 480-square-foot cottage she has lived in for the past six years. Over the course of her time in this insanely charming 1920s bungalow, Danielle completely gutted the interior and redesigned it from the ground up. Making the most of such tight living quarters was a definite challenge, one that helped spur Danielle’s interest in solving other people’s home conundrums.
“The home is a very petite space,” Danielle says. “It was a design challenge right from the get-go and required some really clever planning and space-saving solutions.” She opted for an open-concept floor plan and employed other space-enhancing hacks like white-painted floors and exposed rafters to extend the ceiling. Danielle also allowed her kitchen’s built-in cabinetry to spill over into the dining/living areas, functioning as a chic storage option and credenza. When Danielle and her husband decided to vacate these tiny digs for their new home, she brought in new furnishings and lighting options as part of the staging process. “The west elm chandelier really draws your eyes up and emphasizes the height of the ceilings while giving the dining area a real ‘wow factor,'” she says. “I wanted to keep the decor simple and clean, but still give it personality.” Take a peek at this stunning small space, staged to perfection, below!
Photography by Stephanie Wiley.