2015 Highlights: Design Moments

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:

2015 Highlights: Getting Organized // 2015 Highlights: Favorite DIY Projects //
2015 Highlights: Craigslist Finds, Tips and Transformations 

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My favorites from other studio apartment tours:




Copenhagen Pt II:Billede 16-07-15 15.27.57Boston Pt II: IMG_5814Chicago:

My new one bedroom apartment:d-GIFwwotCJLEAulP-5qMvL_ZddRsD_W_oy5B_tvunQTluY23xtHXPH5g0Tw44NMfZ3-06-IT_XQiPwM-_klwU

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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:

Ask Studio Style BlogInterior design questions? Product sources? Floor plan dilemmas? Email me at studiostyleblog@gmail.com with your questions and use “Ask Studio Style Blog” in the subject line. Depending on the volume of emails, I’ll post a question and my answer on the blog a couple times each month. For more info and details, read about the series here.

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 studiostyleblog@gmail.com with 5-7 photos (both wide shots and close ups) of your space with the subject line “Apartment Tour” for consideration.

Studio Apartment Tour: Washington, DC

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.Apartment 052

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. Apartment 099Wall-mounted storage can be both functional and serve as an easy way to add visual interest to your walls.

Apartment 108I love these little magnetized spices! They don’t take up any counter, cabinet or drawer space and they’re so easily accessible. Apartment 090 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! Apartment 085 Moving onto the living room/bedroom area:Apartment 081 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. Apartment 080 The little bar cart doubles as a side table. I always love a dual function piece!Apartment 074 Apartment 072 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. Apartment 068 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! Apartment 065Apartment 066The 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. Apartment 067 This wardrobe piece works well as a makeshift office and can be closed up and ‘put away’  if necessary! Apartment 057 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.Apartment 055

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 studiostyleblog@gmail.com with 5-7 photos (both wide shots and close ups) of your space with the subject line “Apartment Tour” for consideration.

Studio Apartment Tour: Chicago

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. zx5MEQZSsnUOr9uz15Rt2yv_H8rEkGIFLAAoB8y5XMsThe 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. A-lhlC-_Q06Iq7nw36SZrqz2He_xgQEEVCJbL5zrgAsThe 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. e9E6WWEnONzhJ0j9APUVRjV2ZBW8O2ker59YcTPwsEU2ZRkA19CekC3ouzkSlY_zuCj-s2oUYIfE6hCpskz2uQThe 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. e1f-ckk1sWQtcMo0UE9QOl9Rtnv-VkUn_84LQRqg2GIThis 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. 8RHFtqhEeJBsu1qQKefN4GBz_VqeOLXRq0g0VbnnaxgThe 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.FTHF2KLhm9wlGlRCiLD5n8MBQOTlIsAv2ZJYY-HPzLMI 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. _QpNCIOxz5f6orrHf4qx0MHSLLCefKzh352MVDqslgEAnother 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! wjOJR3m-DJR_eW3yRYi8Bosi50VsHrVW6gaKY2ATe7AMoving 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.WQXesmYzp85KNExg8Pa8YeyS3-UjnJ33Hlz7EX_1Se4This 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. NXWBwLpaEx-Q41WZXD3ZqlaRrkdlsNe4rwFny3K4xlQ

And when the leaf goes back down, it hides some of the appliances and looks like a cute little coffee bar! The mirror also helps to make the space appear larger.

Thanks to Marissa for letting me feature your space! All photos by Marissa, follow her instagram 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 studiostyleblog@gmail.com with 5-7 photos (both wide shots and close ups) of your space with the subject line “Apartment Tour” for consideration.

Studio Apartment Tour: Cincinnati

Happy Friday! Studio Apartment Tours are back and I have a tiny but adorable studio apartment in Cincinnati, Ohio to share with you today. Coming in at just 350 square feet, it’s hard to tell it’s this small from the photos! Stephanie makes great use of space and the apartment looks much larger than 350 square feet. Let’s start off in the entryway:IMG_0150Adding a rug, small table, art and a couple hooks for storage in the entry really gives off a great impression as you walk through the door. IMG_0151 IMG_0131 Heading over to the kitchen. The stools save much needed space and work just as well for a dining spot and don’t take up nearly as much room as a traditional table and chair set would. IMG_0067 Adding a little plant life or fresh flowers always makes any space more colorful and inviting.IMG_0184Off the kitchen is the living room area, and a peek at the bedroom/office area. IMG_0172Keeping smaller furniture in this space is important. If you tried to stuff an oversize couch and media center in this area, it would look crowded and tiny, but by getting slightly smaller pieces, it keeps this room looking open and airy. IMG_0064 These types of shelves are always great for storage behind the sofa and can be both functional and stylish with a few accessories.  IMG_0154Moving on to the bedroom area of the apartment, I love the color palette! I’m very partial to black and white with touches of purple, if you hadn’t noticed in my apartment 🙂  IMG_0076 This headboard is great and makes the space feel more elegant and designer quality. There’s still room for a nightstand in this spot, and picking a tiny sleek black one was a great choice. IMG_0167 IMG_0174 I also love this little office setup opposite the bed. Just enough room for the essentials and a couple decor items on the wall-mounted shelf. IMG_0153 Last but not least is the bathroom. Small but full of style! Coincidentally, I just bought that same shower curtain for my new place. Glad to see others are utilizing it in their own apartments as well. IMG_0073IMG_0179There’s a great built-in storage area leading into the bathroom and this serves as a perfect spot for both bathroom and kitchen essentials, cleaning supplies and more! IMG_0176

Thanks to Stephanie for letting me feature your space! All photos by Stephanie, check out her 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 studiostyleblog@gmail.com with 5-7 photos (both wide shots and close ups) of your space with the subject line “Apartment Tour” for consideration.

Month in Review: August

Happy September! Summer has flown by and I’m ready for Fall. August was full of packing and moving chaos, along with some great blog content! Check out the recap if you missed any posts this past month. I’ll have a bunch of new apartment decor, styling, organization, unpacking, etc posts lined up for this month. 🙂

Studio Apartment Tours:
Studio Style Blog Updated Final Home Tour
Studio Apartment Tour: Montreal

Year One Series:
Bedroom/Office Area
Dining Room
Living Room

Design and Decor:
Black and White Decor Round Up
Dining Room Reveal

Design Inspiration Series:
The Bedroom: Classic with a Twist
The Entryway: Mid-Century Modern

Packing and Moving:
Preparing to Pack for a Move: 5 Quick Tips
Packing Tips and Tricks with Lend-A-Box
Moving Day Recap with Bookstore Movers

The New Apartment:
Painting the New Apartment: Before
New Apartment: Painting Progress
Balcony Reveal
Custom Outdoor Cushions
Creating a Gallery Wall with Minted

Updated Final Home Tour

I finally updated the home tour page with tons of new photos from my current studio. It’s now currently filled with boxes and boring bare walls, but I made sure to photograph everything a couple weeks ago. Only a few more days left in this lovely little studio and I’m so pleased with how it all turned out. If you missed the year one series, check out the transformations here.

Head over to the New Home Tour page (that name will soon need to be changed) under the drop down menu ‘Studio Apartment Tours’ or by clicking here. A few photos for a little preview…

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Studio Apartment Tour: Montreal

Happy Friday! I’m back with another studio apartment tour for you… this time in Montreal, Canada! Patricia’s adorable space is full of clean lines, pops of pink and minimalist style.

Let’s start off in the kitchen. Even though it’s small, everything has its place and the counter top is perfectly organized.

image9Just outside the kitchen is the little dining area along with a cute bar cart. The small dining table is perfect for this space and the glass keeps it visually light, avoiding a bulky look in a small space. Adding plants and flowers brings a nice pop of color to the white walls. image8A closer look at the little bar cart and styled bookcase. Adding a few accessories on top of books can instantly add a design element to a shelf like this. I always love stacking books this way, too, outside of the traditional vertical method. It’s more visually appealing and works well with the piece. image7The seating area also has a light visual footprint with the glass coffee table and end table. The round tray, candle and vase on the coffee table are great accent pieces. image6  The bed is on the opposite wall and works well with the bright, white space. image1 I love the duvet pattern, it’s an easy way to add both color and pattern to the space. image2 The dresser is good for storage and utilizing the top for jewelry and other accessories is a smart move. And it’s all arranged so stylishly that it serves as a little decor statement as well. image3image4

Thanks to Patricia for letting me feature your space! All photos by Patricia.

Do you have a studio apartment you want featured on Studio Style Blog? Please email studiostyleblog@gmail.com with 5-7 photos (both wide shots and close ups) of your space with the subject line “Studio Apartment Tour” for consideration.