A 350-Square-Foot Brooklyn Studio Apartment Gets Creative With Storage, Decorating, and Furniture

published Mar 16, 2023

A 350-Square-Foot Brooklyn Studio Apartment Gets Creative With Storage, Decorating, and Furniture

published Mar 16, 2023
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Name: Lisa Denmark
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 350 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, renting

“I got lucky in securing this place,” admits Lisa Denmark. “After a year of working from home because of the pandemic, I just wanted to live alone and have my own space. But, of course, my lease was up right around the time the rental market got crazy in the city. I was losing hope until a friend of mine, who lived in a studio, reached out that she was moving and looking to break her lease or sublease. And by luck, our timing matched, and I moved in a month later.”

Though Lisa’s studio apartment is small, she says its location is unbeatable. “I got to stay in my neighborhood, which I’ve lived in for over eight years, and the balcony really sold it to me. An outdoor space allows my small studio to feel less small,” she explains. “I originally thought I’d move here but continue looking for a ‘better’ (aka bigger) place. BUT I’ve had to get creative with decorating and furniture, and I put so much love into my apartment, that I couldn’t imagining leaving it anytime soon.” 

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My Style: Scandinavian comfort. I want the minimalist impact without feeling too modern and rigid. While my furniture and rugs will lean more neutral, the color comes out in my books, artwork, and plants.

Inspiration: I follow a lot of Danish and German influencers on Instagram, and their home design has inspired so much of what I wanted to incorporate into my space.

"My book collection is one of my pride and joys," Lisa explains. "It started when I wanted to challenge myself with the number of books I could read in a year, then turned into an (expensive) obsession with buying books on my 'TBR' list [To Be Read list]. I needed a way to showcase it but also not make it feel like my books were overtaking my small space. The 'invisible' bookshelf ended up being the best and smartest option. And I absolutely love it."

Favorite Element: My seating “nook” and bookshelf. I read so much, and even have a “bookstagram” (@readwithlisa). There’s something comforting about sitting in the chair under the soft light that brings enjoyment to the books I’m reading. It also creates space — in an already small space — that separates sitting on the couch to watch TV and a place to sit and read.







Thanks, Lisa!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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