Name: Melissa K.
Location: Gramercy Park, New York City
Size & Type: 630 SF studio that I converted into a one bedroom
Favorite resource: The Annex Flea Market on 39th street and 9th Avenue (there's a bakery with cupcakes and great coffee next door, which makes it really tempting on Saturday mornings).
Pitch: I transformed a studio into a functional and beautiful space to live and entertain. Icy blue walls visually expand the living room, while a large glass coffee table, an open-bottomed credenza and an over-sized mirror all give the illusion of more space. I designed two pocket doors with milk glass panels to separate the living area and bedroom, which was a space-saving way to provide privacy while allowing light to pass through...
Pitch Cont'd: The cozy dining niche doubles as a library and is distinguished by its tan walls and Greek key motif. In the bedroom, I opted to paint a headboard on the wall, and installed a storage cabinet above the bed with recessed lighting, so lamps were unnecessary.
Your favorite element: My favorite element in the apartment is the bedroom floor in front of the sliding door to the balcony. I put a beautiful slate on the balcony floor and then cut out a small portion of the wood floor in the bedroom (in front of the balcony door) to unite the interior and exterior spaces. Not only does it trick the eye into thinking the room is larger, but it's also a water-resistant surface to keep my plants on during the winter.