Name: Christopher Abair
Location: Chicago, Illinois
I bought my small studio condo 5 years ago as an attempted pied-a-terre apartment, assuming I'd be able to upgrade to a one-bedroom after a couple of years and, since I'm a flight attendant for work and only in town a few days a week, figured it would be fine. However, like many of us, the economy hindered my ability to sell my condo. So about a year ago, I decided to make the absolute best of the small space I had and make it the most "stylin' studio" ever!
I'm very much passionate about interior design, and really planned out the space to make the most of the space in accordance with my personal needs: LOTS of closet space (even though I wear a flight attendant uniform, I'm a total, fashion-obsessed clothes horse!), an actual desk in which to sit and work on my Macbook, a decent platform bed that would double as a couch, space to showcase my personal artwork (I enjoy painting modern/abstract art in my free time!), space for my books and magazines (again, a magazine junkie) and a comfortable armchair in which to relax and watch TV.
I'm a mid-century modern enthusiast, and I'm also very much a fan of Jonathan Adler and his fun yet stylish sense of color. However, I'm NOT a fan of bleak Chicago winters--so I first decided that I wanted lots of color and a unified color scheme (I feel that's important in a tiny space such as mine). Purchasing FLOR tiles in my favorite colors helped me to figure out which colors I wanted to incorporate--chocolate brown, teal, wasabi green, and burnt orange. I'm definitely on a budget, so I've purchased many items from CB2 and Ikea but also floor sample sale items from all sorts of higher-end resources in the city such as Room and Board (my armchair) to Jayson Home and Garden (my studded brown storage stool which I use to store sheets/pillowcases). I loved the organic modern yet affordable white Real Good Chairs from Blu Dot, and how they helped to unify the white lacquered look of my CB2 TV trolley and file cabinet. The frosted glass bank of cabinets that I use for wardrobes are actually from Ikea, my vertical spine cabinet for books (the BEST possible way to store books in a small space!) is from West Elm, and my magazine rack is from Chiasso (also an excellent way to store magazines that takes up little to no floor space). Most of the artwork is my own--but I'm a huge fan of Rex Ray, who incorporates color in a fun way.
When I come home from a long day on the plane, I feel that I have a stylish space that really makes me feel happy to be there--in spite of its obvious size limitations!
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