I love how even though it is a studio, there is still separation between the functional areas. Having an entry area is really important to me, as I feel it provides a physical and mental transition between the outside and the inside. I use my walk-in closet for both storage and as a vanity, since my bathroom is too small for me to get ready in. Having a separate kitchen is also really great, as it keeps the cooking smells out of the bed'room', and makes the space feel less like a hotel room.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1. Use furniture with legs/feet to make your space feel larger. Generally, the more of the floor you can see, the larger your space will feel.
2. Purging your belongings will go a long way towards lightening up the space. In a small space where storage is at a premium, only store items you love.
3. Don't write-off weird architectural elements. In my space there is an odd short nook along my bed that projects into the closet. The past tenant had put furniture up against it to hide it, but I added some curtains and turned it into a great storage and dog nook area. Think outside the box!