If I had to start over in a studio apartment, I'd donate most of my possessions and invest in a few dream pieces that would make a big impact in a small space. Ideally I'd want to keep things neutral, adding a variety of textures to keep the room interesting, but I couldn't live anywhere that didn't have at least a few moments of bright color.
1. My dream studio
2. I want all three of these gorgeously patterned poufs by contemporary knitter and designer Donna Wilson, available from The Future Perfect.
3. I'd forgo a TV in favor of an intricate life-size drawing of one by artist Joan Linder. This piece is sold, but similar works are available from Mixed Greens.
4. This vintage printer's cabinet from Factory 20 does triple duty with hidden shelving, file storage and drawers for stashing smaller items.
5. I can't stand eating on the couch, so a small dinette set would be essential and this vintage one by Arthur Umanoff has a great variety of textures, found at Treadway/Toomey Gallery.
6. The Prouve Potence Lamp from DWR saves valuable floor space by mounting to the wall.
7. I'd probably regret choosing white, but I've always dreamed of a pristine colorless sofa and I love the classic Chesterfield. This loveseat-size version is available from Ballard Designs.
8. A herringbone throw from Brahms Mount in apple green would add some color and make curling up comfortable anywhere.
9. Bottina and Dishtowel Stripe fabrics from Calico Corners would make patterned curtains that aren't overwhelming.
10. The Bello Shag Rug from West Elm looks awesome for lounging around on.