A Simple, Minimal & Surprisingly Airy Basement Studio Apartment

updated Feb 19, 2019

A Simple, Minimal & Surprisingly Airy Basement Studio Apartment

updated Feb 19, 2019
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Name: Arden Bull
Location: Port Colborne, Ontario
Size: 400 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, owned

This bright and airy studio is so open and full of light it’s hard to believe it’s in a basement! Although it’s a small space by square footage standards, the apartment feels huge thanks to a light wall color, open windows and tall ceilings. Arden’s smart design sensibilities have kept furnishings to a minimum, creating a comfortable home that functions perfectly for her.

Arden’s recent renovations refreshed the space with new floors, paint, and an update to the kitchen and bathroom. It’s turned into the ideal space for this young university student, located in a small residential town on Lake Erie.

Arden enjoys living a simpler, more minimal life. Her basement studio proves that you don’t need a lot of stuff to have a home full of style.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: It’s really a mod podge of styles but mostly I’d say simple, eclectic, minimal.

Inspiration: My European travels are a big inspiration. I love how Europeans live simpler lives and seem happier. I also love Scandinavian interiors and tiny spaces.

Favorite Element: The open concept layout

Biggest Challenge: Also the open concept layout. It always needs to stay clean and organized.

What Friends Say: One friend’s first impression was “cool, modern, cozy!” They’re often surprised by how much space there is and how much light it gets for a basement.

Biggest Embarrassment: There are still renos that need to be finished, like the trim in some areas and the flooring in the entrance (not pictured).

Proudest DIY: Definitely the kitchen renovations. The cupboards were all old wood and counters were stained and in poor condition. The renos definitely gave the kitchen a new life.

Biggest Indulgence: Probably the porcelain tile floors. I loved the style and it was an indulgence for a young student like me, but something I think was worth it.

Best Advice: Give basements and studios a chance. They aren’t all alike and can be a great fit for you.

Dream Sources: West Elm and Anthropologie


Kitchen cupboards — exisiting
Kitchen Shelves — Ikea
Table and Chairs — Ikea
Daybed — Ikea
TV Unit — Thrift Store
Accent Chair — Winners

Thanks, Arden!

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