Steven & Gretchen's Airy Studio

Steven & Gretchen's Airy Studio

Jul 22, 2009

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Name: Steven & Gretchen
Location: Brooklyn Heights, NYC

When I first walked into the 450 square foot apartment that my husband and I rent in the Historic Brooklyn Heights District, my first thoughts were "oh my, check out that view!" and " oh my, where will all our stuff go?"

Though the challenge of the space was the amount of space, we put our thinking caps on and came up with a creative layout that made the apartment look light and airy. To complete the look, we kept only what we really needed, (the hardest part for my husband), and with a few design tricks, maximized our apartment's potential. So here's what we did...

Since our place is an alcove studio, we decided to break up the room into three different zones. Using our new city view as our focal point, we floated all the big furniture off the walls. This gave us a view from our bed, living room, and kitchen table. We tied the space together by painting the walls a neutral gray in different shades, making each zone cohesive. The unexpected splashes of color in our furniture and accent walls gave our studio loft some fun and personality without looking too overdone.

(Images: Gretchen Smith )

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