After years of living with other people and compromising, I finally have a space all to myself. A place to be as social or as hidden as I desire. Freedom to showcase the things I love- and to be as messy as my weekly schedule may cause. I love how I can achieve a unified dynamic between the functional and the personal. I've spent the time to design for the all the functional zones in the space, and at the same time, the small space is easier to fill with those just-right pieces so that my studio is a clear expression of me. Some of my favorite pieces have traveled with me through three apartments and countless roommates. The end result is a warm, unified feeling: my home.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1) Living in a studio, I had to think creatively to lighten the space and create separation without obstructing the sight lines. I did this by creating vignettes throughout the space by strategically using paint to create depth, as well as rugs to separate each area. I used two different shades of grey and bought a cream Moroccan inspired shag rug and a cowhide that I found in Nevada City, CA last year.2) Let portions of your floorplan breathe. There is this need to fill spaces with objects and things, but the most successful spaces have a balance between groups of furnishing and open space.3)Be patient and wait for those investment pieces that really resonate with you. Our homes express who we are. In the long run, living with furniture and objects that you love and have collected over the years gives your home a personal story. I found some of my favorite pieces trolling Craigslist (the pair of Italian 1940's lounge chairs) and Junk in Williamsburg (my sofa).