#15: Lydia’s Subtly Divided Studio
Location: San Francisco
Size & Type: 530 +/- sq. ft. studio
Favorite resource: Old photos, the hardware store and my grandmother’s paintings.
Pitch: One of the things I hate about studio apartments is feeling like I’m in somebody’s bedroom. There is no real separation between private and public. I expect to see somebody’s dirty underpants at any second. So, in my apartment I turned the bed around to face away from the rest of the space. The headboard acts as a small wall subtly separating the sleeping area from the rest of the apartment.
Pitch Cont’d: To accentuate this separation, I strategically arranged rugs and placed chairs and plants along the headboard to enclose the ‘living room’ portion. When I am in the ‘bedroom,’ the view is different; I do not see the couch and the lamp and the kitchen, I have a lovely view of San Francisco.
Your favorite element: The cerulean coved ceiling. At certain times during the day the sky is the same color and the ceiling just disappears. It is a beautiful and amazing trick.