Fame and fortune don't necessarily come with a gated villa. Some people prefer a central location, charm, and a sense of moderation to a multi-million-dollar mansion. Sure, these studios are more expansive and tricked-out than your average city apartment (and their residents might have a country house or two that they escape to) but all-in-all, we find it refreshing to see Michael Stipe or Chloe Sevigny living a different kind of American dream.
- Todd Selby's photographs of Michael Stipe & Thomas Dozol reveal a brick loft that's small by celebrity standards. There's even an unmade bed in the center of the room!
- Moby describes his Manhattan apartment as a "room within a room." A fortress of built-ins surround his recording studio, where he keeps his collection of analog instruments on display. The rest of the apartment is dedicated to living space. Motherboard has the full tour.
- Rashida Jones (the actress who played Karen on the Office and Paul Rudd's love interest in I Love You, Man) had a 400 square foot studio in New York. Domino offered a glimpse inside her space a couple of years ago.
- Zooey Deschanel went bold in her studio apartment, decorating all the walls in a deep navy blue. White molding compliments the layered blue wallpaper, upholstery, and curtains.
- Chloe Sevigny purchased a smallish apartment in Manhattan's East Village. She chose Kelly Wearstler's treillage wallpaper to breathe some life into a long, narrow hallway.
And before we end, here's one quick flashback to an earlier time when small was cool. Patti Smith's new memoir, Just Kids, recounts the years she lived with Robert Mapplethorpe (her first boyfriend) in a string of tiny New York apartments. Before they went their separate ways, they got by on a next-to-nothing income, slept in one-room rentals, and hung out at places like the Chelsea Hotel and CBGBs. Now, many years after becoming a well-known musician, Smith lives in a New York brownstone (with more than one room).