Location: San Francisco
I live in a classic Marina studio apartment with vintage details and the original 1940's stove. It is gracious, spacious, and adorned with warm and colorful patterns and textures. A secret "garden" postage-stamp size patio is a surprise treat off of the kitchen.
A studio apartment presents a few challenges: 1. making it feel like a real "home" not just a small apartment, 2. keeping it as open and welcoming as possible while providing space for storage and the necessities of life, and 3. dividing "working" from "relaxing" space.
At first I had my computer in the main room with my bedroom. I was having trouble sleeping, so moved it to the kitchen, and not I sleep much better! The kitchen has become grand central station. I spend the lion's share of my time there - cooking, eating, emailing, and working on the computer, as I own my own health counseling practice (in addition to being a full-time planning and strategy consultant for colleges and universities). When I started my practice, I also needed more storage space for reference and cookbooks and client files/other materials. I found a terrific vintage cupboard that fits perfectly in my kitchen/home office.
I believe I have created a space that invites guests to relax and feel taken care of and comforted by the space. It is certainly a place I look forward to working, cooking, and relaxing in!