To save money for a down payment, Heather and her boyfriend lived in her mother's garage-turned-studio apartment. They did manage to clean it up from this before, and transform it into a gorgeous space!
Name: Michelle Konar Location: Upper West Side — Manhattan, New York Size: 330 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years; Rent
As a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, Michelle learned to hone her creativity. As a graduate she has taken those skills and applied them to her work in advertising, as well as in her home. Unafraid to take on a project, she is always looking for ways to improve her space. Refinishing and repainting furniture that she brings home from vintage stores or flea markets, adding color to her walls and creating custom artwork are just some of the ways that she has personalized her studio on the upper west side of Manhattan.
Name: Monica, Graduate Student at the University of Michigan, Mildred the dog Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan Size: 350 square feet studio Years lived in: 6 months, rented
Graduate students often don't have the time to make their temporary rental a home. With limited budgets, no free time and the scramble to settle into a new city, there's usually little room for nesting in their schedules. I was quite drawn to Monica's teeny-tiny studio, measuring in at just around 350 square feet. It has the efficiency and neatness that one needs to study and focus, but this home is more than your average grad student pad — Monica's place has a cozy sense of warmth.
Name: Dan Brown/Craig Denham (Curiosity Shoppe) Location: Downtown Austin, TX Size: 2,500 square feet, six room collective space Years lived in: Since Jan 2012
Welcome to the Curiosity Shoppe — a hip multimedia outfit housed in the BLK MKT Filmmaker Studios. The converted warehouse contains just about everything great about Austin — creativity, independence, personality, and soul. We go behind-the-scenes of this collaborative tour de force to see the workspace and technology used to create industrial magic.
Name: Ailin Doman
Location: TriBeCa — Manhattan, New York
Size: 600 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years — rent
Above a bustling downtown Manhattan intersection busy with gawking tourists and locals going about their daily routine, you might not notice a small fire escape perfectly situated for an optimal view of the chaos below. Stepping into the home it belongs to, you quickly forget the lively street below. The space is at once serene and yet full of life. This well curated, thoughtfully laid out apartment makes up for any lack of square footage with artful arrangement and comfortable charm.
Name: Callen & Eli
Location: Austin, Texas
Size: 800 sq ft, open floorplan
Years lived in: 2 months
Art can be therapeutic and transformative. You realize that shortly after stepping into Callen and Eli's delightful studio space. The cheery open floorplan among the trees is filled with vintage treasures, handmade objects, and a very agreeable sense of relaxation. It's art therapy done right.
Name: Ann Mack Designer: Christina Love Location: East Village — New York, New York Size: 500 square feet Years lived in: 7 — rented
Call it the six-ish year itch. After as many years in one place, Ann wanted a clean slate, to banish the shadows and let in the light. She looked to favorite places for inspiration, to a professional for guidance, and in the process, strengthened a friendship and rediscovered the love she once had for her home, all while preserving and polishing the best of a studio in a vibrant New York neighborhood. That's a nice way to start a new chapter.
Name: Natalie Linden aka The Unreliable Novelist Location: Mission District — San Francisco, California Size: 400 square feet Years lived in: Almost 3— rented
My friend Jen and I popped by the home of Natalie Linden, aka The Unreliable Novelist, for some French 75s and girl chat last weekend. It was my first visit to what Natalie calls her hen pen and my attention was instantly drawn to the colorful textiles and thrifty treasures in all the nooks of her large studio. It became difficult to hold a conversation as my eyes wandered everywhere. Collections (obsessions?) of tiny vases, books, plates, and things fill the space in unexpected ways. "I come from a long line of collectors--dishware, antiques, taxidermy, jewelry, surfboards, frogs, more dishware, you name it. But in a space like this, I really have to keep it in check," she says.
Name: Tiffany Location: The Mission District, San Francisco
My boyfriend and I moved into this tiny studio apartment about five months ago. The overall style of the apartment is very much inspired by our jobs (which are conveniently located by our home). He works at Dog Eared Books, a used bookstore, and I work at Paxton Gate, a store that sells plants, taxidermy, and beautiful objects inspired by nature and science.
Name: Nina Bakos Location: South East — Portland, Oregon Size: Approximately 500 square feet Years lived in: 2 — rented
Nina's job is to make objects fit into a space just right as a product merchandiser for Nike, so it's no surprise her studio is arranged with love, care and impeccable taste. Her biggest design inspiration? The aesthetic of her Finnish mother and Slovac father. Great style runs in the family.