Small Space Lessons: Floorplan & Solutions from Alyssa's Light & Views

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Alyssa's 325 square foot apartment in New Haven is a pretty typical studio. But the way she's arranged it to distinguish different living spaces is what made it stand out when I was looking back through the 2011 Small Cool contest entries. Take a look at a few favorite moves she made to give her studio the feeling of distinct spaces:

Looking at that bed alcove up top makes you wish your apartment had a perfectly-sized niche for your bed, doesn't it? And it can! Alyssa tailor made this one for herself, using IKEA's Expedit bookcase as a room divider and a curtain to frame the bed. The result is a small, separate "bedroom," and lots of shelf space for the "living room":

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Another element I love is the large-scale art on the wall. Just because an apartment is diminutive doesn't mean the decor has to be. In fact, large-scale art can expand a space, drawing the eye up or out, and avoiding the clutter of lots of little elements hanging on the wall.

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The arrangement of the area adjacent to the bathroom provides some privacy, with a dressing niche just outside the bathroom door. The niche is set apart from the rest of the apartment by a doorway, and houses a curtained closet and storage cabinets. So even though the apartment is tiny, it is fully loaded with a generous dressing room. Don't skimp on the things that are important to you, even in a small space, and the result will feel luxurious!

What space-saving solutions do you love from Alyssa's small home? Check out her original contest entry here: Alyssa's Light & Views.

(Image credits: Alyssa)