Small Cool 2009: Lucas' Stylish Studio

Tiny Division #33

Who Lives There: Lucas and his wife
Location: San Francisco, California
Size: 520 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? Our favorite element is all the built-in storage we have added to our apartment. We have figured out how to maximize our 520 square feet by using built-in cabinets which add loads of storage space without making the space feel smaller.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? Being in a studio apartment, we struggled with how to create separation between the living and sleeping spaces, to add some privacy and coziness, without completely blocking out natural light from the sleeping space or making our apartment appear smaller.

We investigated many different ways to do this such as using fabric panels, wood slats, and even sliding glass doors, but ultimately decided on an open, floor to ceiling bookcase, which physically separates the space, lets in a bit of light, and still gives a measure of privacy and warmth in the sleeping area. In fact, the addition of the bookcase actually makes the apartment feel larger, AND gives us additional storage and display space.

Our most cherished resource in this endeavor has been our friends Shawn and Jann who design and build restaurants for a living. Their years of design work have enabled them to come up with affordable, practical, and elegant solutions to design challenges, and we are always picking their brains when we need ideas for our apartment!

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.

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