A Smartly-Styled Milwaukee Studio

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Dining room (Image credit: Jessica Elyse Photography)

Name: Jessica
Location: Eastside — Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The basics: 3 months, rented —450 square feet

Jessica’s apartment looks much larger than its 450 square feet. Since hosting was a priority for her, and she didn’t want folks playing Apples to Apples on her bed, she decided to divide up her studio to carve out a specific spot for entertaining.

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I’m a public accountant and photographer. I live on the east side of Milwaukee overlooking Lake Michigan. The view of the lake and the stunning sunrises I see every morning are the best style accessory a home could ask for. My studio is 450 square feet with a small kitchen, a hallway with closet space, and a large square room to house my bedroom and living space. I love entertaining friends and family, so I wanted a comfortable place to entertain that felt separate from the bedroom area. I installed sheer white curtains, floor to ceiling, to visually separate the bedroom from the rest of the apartment while still keeping all of the great light. The studio feels remarkably spacious, despite the square footage and I am loving my life here!

P.S. Small spaces mean less cleaning and more time to enjoy all the great Milwaukee festivals!!!!

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is the dining room! I love the way the rug and wood floors complement each other and the shear curtains really make it feel like an independent space. It’s great to have room for entertaining in this small studio. I have only lived here for three months, but already I have many memories of great dinners and poker games with friends and family.

If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? I would love to have lighting installed in the ceiling! And, can you ever have too much closet space?

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I bought these great yellow stools at Target for the breakfast bar area!

Jessica’s words of wisdom: Know your priorities. If you love to entertain, think about all the tools you need for entertaining and find stylish pieces that serve that purpose. It’s important to find a balance between form and functionality. If you need a quiet escape from the world, think of the place you feel most at peace and bring elements of that environment into your space.

Keep it personal. I love having my photography projects displayed in each area of the studio. They represent me and make my home unique.

Utilize tools like Pinterest and Floorplanner. They can really help with visualization and planning!

Thanks, Jessica!

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