Look! Metropolitan Home Small Space Winner

Look! Metropolitan Home Small Space Winner

Laure Joliet
Feb 25, 2009

Looks like Apartment Therapy's love affair with small spaces is catching on. Recently Metropolitan home hosted their own small spaces contest and this Dorothy Draper inspired studio took home the blue ribbon. A mixture of diy and budget minded sources like Target and Ikea brought a 408 square foot studio to this glamorous incarnation. And as swanky as it is, it had a very humble beginning:

Like we've pointed out before one option for updating your space is to paint everything white which is exactly how this sleek space got started. Tired of blue walls the renter decided to paint the walls white, then some of the furniture, then everything. She loved how clean the white made everything feel. Once everything was white though, the she longed for something with a little more oomph and as soon as she got a taste of Hollywood Regency she started added black accents, graphic details and shiny shiny in the form of mirrors, chrome and glass. We love that she didn't have the end in mind when she began, just a desire to improve her living space. Putting one foot in front of the other she was able to pull off this very put together space.

We wish there were better pictures, but that back wall isn't wallpaper, it's all handpainted (and reminds us of anh minh's project). Using spare accesories and keeping the palette simple, this small studio looks like a hotel lounge and feels luxurious and organized.

See all the swanky pictures on Metropolitan Home.

For more black and white inspiration:
Take another look at Ondine's Top Design Office, this white apartment with black accents, this white room with a black alcove and this more rustic black and white mudroom.

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