Besides the location where I can easily walk to everything Washington, DC has to offer, I love how my Studio turned out feeling both spacious and cozy with a little R&D (Renovation & Decoration). Removing the wall between the original Kitchen and Dressing Room (shown dashed on the plan) improved the circulation around my Studio. This elongated room allowed me to create a Galley Wall which consolidated the Kitchen, Pantry, Dressing and Office functions. I like to mix design styles based on scale, line and texture to create a cohesive look. This allows me to have a space that is “timeless”. Since I had an eclectic mix of art, I hung them salon-style. Besides adding color and texture in lieu of paint, the salon walls give my guests a little sense of who I am. To quote Gloria Vanderbilt, “Decorating is autobiography”.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
-Think about “The Big Picture”. Living in a small space makes you realize what you really need in life, whether it’s the stuff you own, clothes you wear and even food you buy. If it doesn’t fit in your home, don’t get it. Home = Life, the trick is finding a balance.
-Select multifunctional furniture that do double-duty. For example, the table in front of my sofa raises from cocktail height to dining height by turning the top like a Lazy Susan. The side chairs are pulled in and instant Dining Room. The credenza in the Living Room hides my clothes as well as all my electronic media and when having a dinner party, becomes a buffet table.
-“Decorating is autobiography”. Accessorize YOUR space with personal items that make you happy. When people visit your home, it should “feel” like YOU and not like a page from a catalog.