Erica's Living Zones

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Name:
Erica
Location:
New York, NY
Square Feet:
340
Division:
Teeny-Tiny
What I Love About My Small Home:
When I moved into this apartment, I wanted a small place, but I still wanted distinct living zones (no Murphy beds or sleeper sofas). This place has a lot of quirky wall jogs and three big closets that eat up my total square footage, making that separate zone goal tough, but I ultimately got there. I have my kitchen/dining/office, a lounge area, and my sleeping area. When I'm in one area, I truly feel separate from the others and, my ultimate goal in studios, I can't see the kitchen from the bed. The three big closets are pretty amazing too.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space:
1. Rather than simply purchasing what you like, take cues from the home itself. Each home has its own inherent style. Recognize and acknowledge that style, and use it to inspire you. You might need to step outside your design comfort level, but you'll get great results.
2. Do the easy stuff like painting, changing light fixtures, and changing light bulbs. Changing wall paint has a huge impact on a space. So does lighting. Light bulbs can give you a warm or cool glow, so pick what works best for your space and your wall colors.
3. Be creative and experiment. It can be hard to find the right sized, multifunctional pieces, so if you can't find it, make it! My kitchen seating bench is IKEA wall hung kitchen cabinets (giving me storage and seating); I made my kitchen island; I made a chalkboard to cover my electrical panel, and I even made a lamp. How you create your current space does not have to be forever, so have fun and try ideas out.
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