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Compact décor

Not everyone can afford to live in a McMansion, and frankly, not everyone wants to.

In "25 Apartments & Lofts Under 1,000 Square Feet" by James Grayson Trulove (Collins Design; $39.95; paperback), you'll find ideas for compact homes with fully equipped kitchens, spa-like bathrooms, entertaining spaces and offices.

Featuring the latest architecture and design innovations in styles ranging from classic to contemporary, the book highlights the importance of creating space or the illusion of it with materials such as glass, plastic, steel and stone.

One of the keys to getting away with this, according to Trulove, is to make living spaces do double and even triple duty.

Photography, site plans and architectural drawings are included.