I have a gorgeous studio apartment for you on this lovely Friday! Marissa has decorated and styled her 400 sq ft Chicago apartment in such a smart, chic way and I can’t wait for you to see the rest. She’s currently getting her master’s in interior design, so it’s no surprise that her place is a reflection of her excellent style. Onto the tour!
She’s thoughtfully divided the space into several different zones: living room, bedroom, office, kitchen, etc. Let’s start off in the living room area. The cabinet provides great bar storage and functions as a media stand on top. The cute green accent chairs are great for extra seating but don’t take up too much space. The sleek couch is a perfect size for this small space, and she noted that the chic little ottomans have collapsible legs so they can be stored underneath the couch if extra floor space is needed.They function well as a coffee table or place to eat when you add a tray on top and can provide a place to prop your feet up or for additional seating as well. The storage shelving behind the couch and near the bed area is great for both function and style. It’s a perfect example of how you can ‘display’ many of your items rather than needing a big bulky cabinet to hide them away. With a bit of styling, they act as an integral part of the decor and keep the space looking light and uncluttered. This little hidden office area might be my favorite part of the apartment. It’s neatly tucked in behind the shelving and the chair and desk still coordinate with the decor in the rest of the space. The bedroom area is adjacent and looks so elegant with the art and huge windows (with what looks like an amazing view), almost hotel-like! And she has hidden storage in plastic bins under the bed. An ideal spot for items not used as often and kept out of sight to keep the apartment looking amazing.I actually have very similar (smaller) framed prints of the same series of Italy art. Great minds think alike, apparently 🙂 They function as a makeshift headboard and statement piece above the bed. Another stylish vignette on the nightstand. Adding a basket underneath is great for concealed storage while still looking tidy. And you can’t go wrong with fresh sunflowers! Moving on to the bathroom, Bright colors and fun patterns give this tiny space visual interest without being too busy.
She also has a small closet and a walk-in closet (not pictured) that provides tons of storage for clothing and other necessities.
The kitchen is small but functional and keeping some items out on display is a good space-saving trick if you don’t have enough cabinet storage. IE: the little tea kettle on the stove.This storage solution outside the kitchen is so great for small spaces and this piece is definitely multi-functional. It’s perfect for additional storage for small kitchens and this leaf can be pulled out for meal prep, and as a makeshift table top when needed.
Thanks to Marissa for letting me feature your space! All photos by Marissa, follow her instagram here.
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