Elise's Floral Modern Studio

Elise's Floral Modern Studio

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Janel Laban
May 24, 2015
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Name:
Elise
Location:
Boston, MA
Square Feet:
500
Division:
Tiny
What I Love About My Small Home:
I love all the natural light and my high ceilings, which together make my apartment feel very spacious. Last year a handyman referred to my apartment as the “penthouse,” which made me smile, but it's true that after some design trial and error I feel I've found a way to live large in a small studio. Since this is the first time I've had a place that's all my own, I have been able to develop my style and make décor choices with complete autonomy. I adore the clean, calm aura that modern monochromatic Scandinavian interiors impart, but I also have a weakness for bright jewel-tone colors and floral prints, so I've tried to make my apartment a happy mix of both. I call this style “floral modern” and I think it balances nicely with the very traditional character of my classic Boston row house apartment building. Best of all, my home is right in the middle of town, which means I'm just steps away from all the fun that the city has to offer!
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1) Purge and curate your belongings! In a small space, having a lot of stuff is not really an option, so make sure what you do have serves a purpose or brings you joy. Preferably both!
2) Streamline your space. I use mostly Scandinavian-style furniture that's raised off the ground on legs, and try to make sure I have storage for everything I don't want constantly in sight. Manage your clutter, and any space can look big!
3) Let your style evolve. Don't be afraid to change things up if your décor isn't doing it for you anymore. In the just-over-2 years that I've been in my space, my design preferences have changed a lot. Thankfully, craigslist and friends have been great channels for me to get rid of no-longer-wanted furniture, and I'm continually trawling Pinterest and design blogs for ideas on how to improve my space and its vibe. Every home is a work in progress, and that keeps things interesting.
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