Lauren's Only Rule

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New York, NY
Square Feet:
What I Love About My Small Home:
Color! The only rule is if I like it, it works - tequila green dressing area, true red kitchen, multiple shades on one slipper chair and bright raspberry on the other - both with bright red pillows. I even organized my bookshelves by color. There are four closets - amazing for a studio! I love that most people who visit for the first time want to know where the bedroom is and are shocked to see it fold up into the wall. The neighborhood is perfect, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of New York but close enough to everything I need.
Biggest Challenge of Living in a Small Space
My living area has a single source of natural light at the far end, and the biggest challenge was to make the space do all that I wanted without sacrificing one bit of that. Requirements: a cozy retreat after long work days, entertaining flow, an area for drawing/painting, and a supportive mattress to sleep on. I solved the challenge by dividing the space visually, using mirrored surfaces to amplify light, and going with a Murphy bed. There are clear entry, living, dining and sleep areas. My dining table functions as a work space when necessary, has a glass top for easy cleanup, and seats six. Upholstered x-benches are decorative and can be easily moved wherever they are needed for extra seating. I pop a large, low drawer from a flea market over one and it becomes a low table for drinks and snacks.

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