The Inside Out: A Studio Grows in Brooklyn

Name: Rose
Location: Fort Greene
Size: 450 square feet
Favorite Element: The eastern exposure and the resulting light that floods into her bedroom/living room in the morning

On a quiet tree lined street where residents compete with the adjacent street for the best looking foliage/gardening efforts, lives Rose in her comfy studio apartment. Her block’s calm is in great contrast to the chaos of traffic and hoards of high school students just 50 yards down the block.


While Rose says that she considers her apartment primarily somewhere to sleep and put things, she has managed to create a home for herself along the way. Rose grew up in an environment where daily rearranging of the furniture was not uncommon.

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As a result she has no problem rethinking her space. At this point she has made a point of being innovative with limited resources, vintage furniture and found art. There is enough room in which to maneuver and perhaps in the future, the apartment will again be transformed.

A studio has to be run like a tight ship and although Rose keeps it very tidy, we found ways to make it more efficient. She and I worked on ways to use her ample storage space as to her advantage, eliminating unnecessary clutter in the open spaces of the apartment. I suggested adding additional shelves in each of the closets in the generous vertical space provided by the apartment’s high ceilings. We also talked about using colors to highlight individual walls as well as the archway to the kitchen area. Currently, only one wall in the apartment is a color other than white. This green expanse offers an appreciated respite within a multi-use space. I suggested removing small interruptions along that wall so that it and its cheery color could more effectively stand out.

Originally Posted June 30th, 2005--Jill

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