The only time I've ever slept in a bunk bed was at summer camp, and I loved it. While most of us aren't sleeping away in cabins, everyone can use space-saving furniture. For kids, lofted and bunk beds are a great option.
I love that this is the first apartment that I don’t have to share and is truly my own. For that reason, I was thrilled to have a blank canvas and loved having the chance to make my studio a reflection of my style and personality for the first time. When I first moved in, I had to pare down my possessions to only the essentials since at 287 square feet, there just wasn't room for anything else. Every item in my apartment is something that I chose carefully or that has personal meaning. Downsizing to such a tiny space has taught me to minimize waste and forced me to be more mindful in general about all of my purchases. When decorating, I tried to incorporate accents and pieces that create a relaxing, cozy and curated space, without over-decorating or creating an overwhelming space. I love that when I come home at the end of the day, my apartment is a place where I can unwind, relax and be surrounded by things that make me happy.
I grew up in Los Angeles, where most apartment buildings are recent builds with grey carpets and stucco walls. When I moved to Boston I was struck by how much love and care was put into buildings. My apartment is a studio converted from the old living room of a brownstone house. I love the original window moldings, parquet floors, and antique fireplace. It makes me feel like I'm just sharing the space with the history of the house. When I decorated, I tried to fuse that history with my modern/vintage style.
I think the flow of my space lends itself to feeling like a whole home. It has everything a girl could need from a kitchen table to an office area. It may be 375 sq. ft. but I still have a queen size bed and a fairly decent sitting area, none of which feels cramped. Even my dad's 60 year old desk fits when I added storage underneath. Less is definitely more in the main room as it can feel really cluttered quickly. I kept mostly only the things that I love, so while there is a lot of stuff, it is all happy stuff. I love the calming pale grey shade on my walls. I added mouldings and thicker baseboards when I moved in, which makes it feel more finished. I changed all doorknobs and hardware to glass so that it reflects the natural light from the three windows that make my apartment so bright. My walk-through closet is great because it holds all the things that I need to keep, but do not necessarily want to display.
This apartment is our happy place. It's a small home for two people, our pets, and all our stuff, but we've never really felt like we needed more space. We've put a lot of love into it! It's colorful, cheerful, cozy, and we always love coming home to it.
I have two big rules when shopping for small space furniture. The first and most important rule is that everything should serve multiple purposes. Rule number two: if I can hang it on the wall, all the better!
Handsome cups and mini trays organize desk and vanity essentials, keeping clutter at bay. The set of trays in the photo above even features magnets, allowing you to reconfigure the set to suit your space. Mess, be gone!
What I love about my small home is that it's grown up with me. The first year I rented my apartment, I was traveling a lot for work and it was mostly just a place to hold my stuff between trips. The second year, I made a conscious effort to explore my neighborhood and to decorate. This is when I discovered that my apartment overlooks the smallest park in Manhattan (it's only 1500 square feet!) and finally treated myself to the 'For Like Ever' poster I had been coveting since 2006 (RIP Domino mag). The third year was when my apartment became a home. I hosted dumpling making parties, planted a mini-garden, and carved out space for painting. As I enter my fourth year here, I'm sure it will be the best yet.