Though I've never actually lived in a studio apartment, I do enjoy putting together these inspiration rooms; it's a great exercise in virtual downsizing and makes me take a new look at my current living space. For this room, I actually started with two of my favorite pieces and built the space around them. The orange kimono and the wooden bookcase bar beneath it are two items I know would make the cut if I ever had to winnow down my possessions; here's how they might work to anchor a smaller space.
- Both the kimono and bar were mine to begin with- the kimono was purchased in Iwakune Japan, and the bookcase I use as a bar was inherited from an elderly neighbor.
- The Casual Cotton Drapes ($30 to $60 depending on the dimensions) are light and breezy; I love the beachy feel and way they help bring natural light into the room.
- The Tall Wood Bed Frame ($300) is simple and allows for some storage underneath (key for me in a small space).
- Dreaming about the Loring Sofa ($1000) is my guilty pleasure- it was love at first sight from the moment I received my first Room and Board catalog. Though I usually drool over the 89" sofa in brown velvet, I thought this room needed smaller and more colorful seating- hence the 59" in slate.
- I love this silly little Madra Magazine Rack ($60) because it would hold my reading materials and my beverage (plus it is just so darn cute!)
- Though I have a wall of white IKEA Billy bookcases in my current apartment, the black-brown version is better choice for this small space because it better coordinates with the other pieces. Lots of bookcases are essential for me- no matter how small my space, I'll always try to fill it with books.
- This Convertible Coffee Table (£499) pops up to provide seating for 8 for the fabulous dinner parties I'm sure I'll be throwing!
- I love the orange of the Andrea Rund rug ($300) because it plays nicely off the kimono and the magazine stand. Truthfully, I've got a collection of beautiful Persian carpets which would most likely end up on my hypothetical studio floor, but every time I see this carpet in IKEA, i have to fight the urge to buy so it made the cut here.