Name: MyPhuong & Jacob
Location: Lower East Side
Size: 448 sf, rental, 5th floor walk-up
What inspired you?
This studio was smaller than some other apartments we looked at, but the french doors enabled separate zones of activity while maximizing light. Plus there's a washer/dryer in one of the front closets. The platform bed provides tons of storage. The dining table has slide out leaves that can accommodate 8-10 people or double as a sewing/cutting table.
...The row of small dressers doubles as a nightstand. A shoe cabinet/bench makes it easy to take off shoes and is a subtle suggestion to guests. The brown wall is actually contact paper (no painting allowed). The art is cheap: magazine covers, calendars, and posters.
Group or repeat small items into a larger more intentional gesture/zone. Don't let the stuff spread too much.