Studio Apartment Tour: Boston

We’re on the east coast for today’s studio apartment tour! Welcome to Meghan’s adorable studio in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston. The space is about 400 square feet and has an alcove for her bedroom.

This little entryway sets the tone for the space and is stylish and functional at the same time. The tall coat rack keeps bags and jackets out of the way and the dresser is great for added storage but still functions well as en entry table with a space for mail on top. I also love that mirror! Great design and it helps to make the space feel larger.IMG_5628

Let’s head into the kitchen! Utilizing wall-mounted shelving and a smart storage shelf is perfect for this little space. I especially love the shelving with added storage at the bottom and a butcher block type surface on the top that can be used as extra ‘counter’ space when needed. IMG_5627 Dining solutions for studios can be difficult, but this little breakfast bar/counter space is perfectly suited for stools. This saves a lot of square footage in the living room area by eliminating a big table and chair set.

The couch is a great size without feeling too overbearing and the red accents in the pillows and the rug make the space flow together nicely. Another one of my favorite tricks for small spaces (and frequently seen in the guest studio apartment tours) is lucite! This lucite coffee table is a great way to keep the space feeling light and open. IMG_5635 Another fun element to this living room is the gallery wall! Looks great over the little bar. IMG_5636IMG_5630A closer look at the bar styling. I like how she keeps it full but minimal at the same time. IMG_5629  On the other side of the living room is a set of beautiful bay windows with additional seating and storage. The sheer curtains and chic details of the accent chairs make this little spot feel stylish and elegant. And notice the color-blocked bookshelf. I think it’s a great way to make something ordinary stand out as a design element in your space. IMG_5633 Last, the bedroom alcove is a great feature in this apartment, as it makes the space feel more separated and less like a traditional studio. And by painting this room a different color, it signals that you’re in a separate space in the home. Wall-mounted shelving and a few prints round out the space. IMG_5634

Thanks to Meghan for letting me feature your space. Check out her instagram here. All photos by Meghan.

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Chicago Studio Apartment: Living Room Tour

Mixing things up a bit with this studio apartment tour. Just sharing the living space of this studio apartment, but it’s packed with great function and style. Check out Ally’s lovely living room in Chicago:

Starting off with a little bar area that’s both functional and stylish. IMG_2767 IMG_2766 Can’t resist a great gallery wall, and you might even recognize the similar rifle paper co prints from my office decor. Great minds think alike! IMG_2756IMG_2761 IMG_2759  Displaying jewelry and storage as decor is great when you don’t have room to hide it away. Embrace it!IMG_2755 IMG_2750 The clean lines of the couch keep the space feeling airy and the pops of pink and pattern add interest and tie the rest of the space together.IMG_2742IMG_2743 I’m also a sucker for coffee table styling. A few books and accessories go a long way.IMG_2746 IMG_2745  Thanks to Ally for letting me feature your space. Check out her instagram here and her blog here. All photos by Ally.

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Copenhagen Studio Apartment Tour

Greetings from Copenhagen (I wish)! Today’s  apartment tour is a beautiful and thoughtful studio by Helene.

Starting off with a little floor plan to get a sense of where everything is located within the apartment:

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The little galley kitchen has just enough room for everything you need. And check out the wine bottle storage on the top of the cabinet…brilliant !10_SSB_kitchenThis adorable shower curtain keeps this small bathroom looking light and fun.9_SSB_bathroomOnto the genius solution for storage/lofted beds… Helene explains the idea and execution for the DIY below:

My boyfriend and I build the platform in December last year because we needed more space in our small apartment. Before, we had the bed on the floor hidden behind curtains and we also have a big Expedit bookcase from IKEA and some smaller ones around the walls of the apartment which took up way too much space. The platform is built on five small Billy bookcases, two Malm dressers and two Bestå shelf units all from IKEA. The five Billy bookcases are now stuffed with all our books. The two dressers contains our clothes and the Bestå shelf unit is a part of my desk area on the outer side of the platform. The tabletop of my desk is attached to the units and we can flip it up and lock it to the wall to clear the space if we are having a dinner party and need space for a bigger dining table. 
The walls of the platform are made of plywood and the platform floor is made of particleboards. We used hundreds of screws to put it all together and we also did some serious drilling to make sure the platform got safely attached to the walls of the apartment. The whole thing turned out very stable. In a way, the platform now works as a separate “upstairs” bedroom and a library/basement/storage room (for boxes, etc.) and we are very happy about the way it divides the room and all the extra space we now have.

IMG_30652_SSB_platform3_SSB_bedThis is such a great solution for storage and making the most of a small space. Plus, it looks chic and stylish in all white. Combined with a few accessories, it really fits right in with the rest of the space. Mounting the tv on the wall is a great way to save precious floor space and the art surrounding it makes it almost blend in.4_SSB_diningtable_deskIt looks like this apartment gets great natural light and that makes all the difference to have a space feel more open and airy.  6_SSB_diningtable There’s even a little balcony! By keeping the furniture to a minimum and emphasizing clean lines, the apartment doesn’t feel cramped.7_SSB_livingareaThanks again to Helene for letting me feature your space! Be sure to check out her instagram here and her blog here.

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Melbourne Studio Apartment Tour

Next up in the studio apartment tour series… this gorgeous, bright, minimalist gem from Melbourne. With natural elements, smart storage and classic design, Natalie makes great use of space in her studio apartment.

By adding a rug and facing the accent chair toward the sofa, the apartment is easily separated into two distinct living and sleeping areas.

FullSizeRenderWall-mounted shelving is great for small spaces. It provides storage but doesn’t take up any precious floor space. It’s also a nice focal point in the room and adds a bit of personality. FullSizeRender (1)The sleeping area is tucked in the little alcove but doesn’t feel cramped with the natural light coming in and white walls and bedding. Utilizing the window ledge for a record player, art and a plant is smart when you’re left with little surface space to work with. Another functional wall-mounted storage solution is the bar for clothing. It is practical and stylish at the same time. Lastly, opting for a wall mounted- industrial light saves space so you don’t need a bulky nightstand with a table lamp on top. FullSizeRender

I’ll leave you with a shot of her adorable cat! Thanks again to Natalie for letting me feature your space. FullSizeRender (1)

All photos: Natalie, Melbourne
Check out her amazing instagram page here.

Stay tuned for more studio apartment tours coming up over the next couple weeks and months. 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.

London Studio Apartment Tour

Next up in the Studio Apartment Tour series… this gorgeous little studio in London! This space has clean lines, classic style, and most importantly, makes amazing use of space! By having the bed lofted above the living room, it almost doesn’t feel like a studio apartment. Keeping the color pallet light and airy makes the space feel bigger and capitalizes on the natural lighting coming in through the windows.

Let’s start off with the living room area. Side tables and trunks for storage are great to place a drink or snack near the couch without having to dominate the space with a bulky coffee table.
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The kitchen is quite large for a studio apartment, which is a huge bonus, I’m sure. By keeping the counters clutter-free, it makes them seem larger and quite elegant. I love the contrasting dark counter tops paired with clean white cabinets. IMG_3242photo 4

The dining area makes great use of space with a warm wooden table. The large mirror adds height and visually tricks the eye into making the space appear larger. IMG_3238IMG_3239

I’m a sucker for anything gold or brass and I’m loving these simple geometric pendants:IMG_3112

Now let’s head up the stairs to the lofted bedroom area! IMG_3240   IMG_3243 IMG_3246

The white curtains and glass panels allow for the space to flow well with the rest of the apartment while still providing privacy. IMG_3245Keeping furniture to a minimum and having a white color pallet in this area makes the low ceiling manageable and keeps the space  from getting too dark.

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I love this layout and the design paired with neutral colors really makes this apartment feel like a little luxury hotel! Thanks again to Holly for letting me feature your space. Check out more photos and design inspiration on her twitter account here.

Stay tuned for more studio apartment tours coming up over the next couple weeks and months. 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.

NYC Studio Apartment Tour

I recently discovered a wonderful studio apartment on instagram and it’s lovely renter and decorator, Jamie, agreed to let me feature a few photos! This tiny studio apartment utilizes space in all the right ways- and certainly isn’t lacking in style either!

Let’s start with the kitchen. Staying organized and having a minimalist mindset is key. Without drawers, Jamie decided to utilize pretty vases to keep her silverware and utensils tidy. Another space saving solution is her drying rack sitting in the sink. It doesn’t take up additional counter space and still  allows her to use half of the sink while the rack is in there.

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Moving over to the little dining nook, this might be one of my favorite spots in the apartment. It’s a perfect space-saving solution to use the acrylic console table with two stools. The little table looks chic and stylish but it also has a very small visual footprint and keeps the space clean and airy looking.
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She frequently rearranges her apartment (which is also one of my guilty pleasures) so this is a slightly different look, but equally amazing. The small sofa and trunk utilized for storage (and as a makeshift coffee table) are great ways to maximize space and style in a studio apartment. photo-6Bright white bedding adds to the light and airy feel of the apartment and gives it a clean look.

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The petite desk, chairs, mirror, lamp and art add some vintage charm to the space and can be utilized for extra seating if needed.

photo 2-15  When you’re working with a small space, utilizing every surface is important. The little ledge over the heating and cooling unit works well as a spot for fresh flowers, books and a few accessories. photo 2-14

Last, but not least, is the other side of the living area. Using a dresser as a media stand (also what I’m currently doing in my apartment) makes for great dual storage and function. She even has room for a cute bar cart and stylish wing back chair! The rug is a good way to separate the space into different zones while also tying together the blue accents around the apartment.photo 1-16

 

Hope you enjoyed Jamie’s NYC studio apartment tour as much as I did. All photos are by Jaime and be sure to go follow her apartment decorating and rearranging progress on instagram!

Stay tuned for another studio apartment tour coming up in a couple weeks. 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.