Small Space Lessons: Floorplan & Solutions From Jay's Small Renovation

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To me, what sets Jay's home apart from other similarly sized apartments is the feeling of weight and even permanence of the furnishings. The couches and chairs are hefty and grounded, and are covered in dark, rich fabrics. His kitchen is lit by a dark chandelier, and the decorative items are large. All of these elements combine to form a home that feels serious and here to stay.

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To me, what sets Jay's home apart from other similarly sized apartments is the feeling of weight and even permanence of the furnishings. The couches and chairs are hefty and grounded, and are covered in dark, rich fabrics. His kitchen is lit by a dark chandelier, and the decorative items are large. All of these elements combine to form a home that feels serious and here to stay.

This is not in the least to say that his aesthetic and furnishings are in any way superior to lighter, airier styles and pieces. When it comes to small spaces, I very much prefer a feeling of lightness, both in color and in the perceived weight of the contents. This is actually why I chose to feature Jay's home, as I was intrigued by how much I liked it, despite/because of how different the approach was from my own.

Just look at the distinct areas he's created through his use of materials and accessories: the seating area in front of the fireplace is warm and inviting, the perfect place to curl up with a book and a bourbon. The kitchen is small but luxurious, a bright white space grounded by the luxe lighting and countertops. The bedroom is just the size of the bed, but feels absolutely adult thanks to the lovely masculine bedding and the bold art (see photo from his home tour here). The office is no flimsy plastic hand-me-down table from IKEA like I had in my last studio, but a proper desk and chair in bright red and black leather. All in all, Jay has managed to install what feels like a house-worth of fabulous elements into only 400-square-feet.

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The apartment is your classic open plan rectangle, enhanced by the two partitions lining the entryway. These allow both the bedroom and the bathroom to feel discreetly set aside from the rest of the space, and add quite a bit of storage capability. Besides tucking his bed behind the partition, Jay established his grand setting area in the middle of the space, allowing just enough room for an office. The fact that the office isn't even shown in the floorplan above reveals just how perfectly it is situated within the apartment. Like everything else in Jay's home, it seems impossible that it would fit in such a small space, and yet feels exactly right.

(Image credits: Sabra Krock; Sabra Krock Photography; Apartment Therapy)