1) Physically divide your space: Use bookcases and other furniture to divide your space into separate living areas for privacy and to feel like you have a designated (small) area for everything. This apartment makes great use of small space and the bookcases are used to separate the bedroom area, a little office nook and to separate the living room from the dining area. Photos and design below by Marissa. 2) Keep it open, but create zones: This studio has a more open and airy layout, but it’s divided into zones using the help of rugs, art and other accessories. The rug in the living room anchors that specific area and the art and accessories help to define each space. Photo and design by Sing (blog no longer available).
3) Go vertical: I realize this might not be possible for everyone, but I just had to share this awesome layout. The lofted bedroom area gives tons of privacy and allows for a larger sofa and dining table below. If you do have the option or find a space that is already lofted, it can make a small apartment feel much bigger. Photos and design by Holly.
For more studio apartment tours, click here! If you have a great studio or one bedroom or another stylish small space you want to share, email me a couple photos for consideration. firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy 2016! Rounding out the last of the 2015 Highlights series with my favorite design and decor from the past year. This includes my former studio apartment, many of the ‘guest’ studio apartment tours on Studio Style Blog, and finally, my new apartment! If you missed any of the other posts in the series, check them out here:
My studio apartment:
My favorites from other studio apartment tours:
My new one bedroom apartment:
Thanks for following along in 2015 and stay tuned for more awesome content coming up in 2016! More apartment tours, updates to my new place, 2016 design trends and new pieces, a final update on Project KC and much more! Is there anything you want to see more of or new content for 2016? Let me know in the comments! If you have some design skills of your own or need some design advice, check out the links below:
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Submit Your Apartment Tour: Do you have an apartment you want featured on Studio Style Blog? I’m now opening submissions for both studio apartments and one bedroom apartments. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with 5-7 photos (both wide shots and close ups) of your space with the subject line “Apartment Tour” for consideration.
I really stepped up my Craigslist game this year and was able to find a bunch of awesome pieces (one was even free!) for my new place. If you missed anything else in the 2015 Highlights series so far, check out the other posts here:
Starting off with my biggest (and my personal favorite) Craigslist gem, the mid-century modern credenza. It definitely needed some love and attention so I brought it back to life with the help of a Young House Love tutorial and the results were even better than I could have hoped for. Here’s a look back at the evolution:
Next up in the craigslist scores: this gorgeous little chair for my desk:
Desk Chair Swap
Those were the last Craigslist finds for my old studio apartment, and then I went on a mega-hunt to completely furnish my balcony at my new place:
I scored this rattan table for free:
And these other items for a great deal:
Loveseat, dining table with four chairs, rug
My most recent Craigslist find rounded out my new bedroom and provided much needed storage:
2015 was certainly a banner-year for Craigslist items. And it proves you can furnish spaces with beautiful, affordable pieces! It just takes a little patience and some online digging. To help you find a Craigslist score of your own, check out these posts:
Happy NYE! Will be back tomorrow with one last post in the 2015 Highlights series.
It’s been too long since my last studio apartment feature! I plan to do many more (along with one bedrooms and other small spaces) in the coming year, so please feel free to submit your apartment for consideration! Instructions to do so are at the bottom of this post.
Now onto my first Washington, DC studio apartment tour (outside of my own, of course)! Colleen lived in this lovely space in Eastern Market but has since moved to Chicago. This vintage inspired small space is full of storage tips and great ideas!
Starting off in the entryway: this wall-mounted unit has great storage options with both shelving and hooks. The shoes and boots look adorable displayed just as they are. Keeping a small number of shoes or other items stored out in the open is perfectly fine if you are running low on storage. Just refrain from having your entire shoe collection out in one place. These three pairs, along with the boots, are just the right amount for a space like this.
Heading over to the kitchen… There are so many useful storage ideas in here, from wall-mounting to refrigerator magnet spices! See if you can spot them all. The storage on top of the cabinets and fridge is well-utilized when you’re running short on space. This table serves well as a prep space, additional counter space and a place to eat. Pull up the stools and you have a breakfast bar/island. Wall-mounted storage can be both functional and serve as an easy way to add visual interest to your walls.
I love these little magnetized spices! They don’t take up any counter, cabinet or drawer space and they’re so easily accessible. This might be the most clever storage solution I’ve seen in a long time…take a peek under the table. Pots, pans and lids galore hanging under there! Moving onto the living room/bedroom area: The high-backed sofa makes it appear larger and more grand, which is always helpful in a small space when you want your furniture to feel elegant and proportional, without looking like a college futon. The gallery wall is also a great focal point to ground this space. Adding hanging pendants make this space feel more like ‘home’ rather than a standard rental. The little bar cart doubles as a side table. I always love a dual function piece! Another smart storage solution…hiding little baskets under anything and everything! It’s hardly noticeable at first, but this basket rests perfectly underneath the chair for extra storage. On the other side of the living room, this dresser serves as a tv stand, spot for perfume and jewelry, along with plenty of storage inside each drawer. Storing pretty things out in the open like this really reinforces the rule that you don’t always have to hide away every single thing you own. Embrace it! The perfect example: These magazines don’t have to be hidden away in a storage bin or bookcase: they look perfectly chic and styled among the art and boots. This wardrobe piece works well as a makeshift office and can be closed up and ‘put away’ if necessary! Onto the bathroom, keeping the space looking bright and minimalist with the paint, art, and simple over the door storage keeps the floor space free of clutter and makes the tiny bathroom feel a bit larger.
Thanks to Colleen for letting me feature your former space! All photos from Colleen, check out her great design blog here.
Do you have an apartment you want featured on Studio Style Blog? I’m now opening submissions for both studio apartments and one bedroom apartments. Please email email@example.com with 5-7 photos (both wide shots and close ups) of your space with the subject line “Apartment Tour” for consideration.
Exciting news! I have a small feature on HGTV today! The writer reached out to me a couple months ago about one of my posts and I was thrilled. It’s a quick little round up of small space tips from design bloggers and I’m honored to be included. Check it out here:
My counter top over the stove solution from my last apartment is highlighted in this article along with great tips and solutions from other bloggers. Head over and check it out! There’s also a little interview blurb about the solution if you click on ‘read more’ underneath the photo (mine is #8 in the gallery). I hope this is just one of many features to come! So nice to be recognized by such a big voice in the design industry. Thanks to HGTV and thanks to my amazing readers (new and old) for continuing to follow along!