Gregory Augustine's Studio Solutions

Gregory Augustine's Studio Solutions

Kristen Lubbe
Jan 11, 2010

If you've ever lived in a city like Philadelphia — you've either lived in or known someone who has lived in a studio apartment. Understanding the space restrictions is key, and it's helpful to see it done successfully.

Philadelphia Magazine visited Philadelphia Interior Designer Gregory Augustine's studio apartment in a 150-year-old former rectory, part of an out-of-use Fishtown cathedral restored and owned by photographer Dominic Episcopo. Augustine understands the challenges of living in a studio apartment first hand — because he lives in one. Granted, it's not your typical studio apartment — due to the 15 foot ceilings and the large size, but it is still a studio. Augustine put his skills to use and created "intimate vignettes" in the large room to form a sense of flow in the large, open space.

Decorating a one room apartment can be challenging, obviously; so it's really all about the details. For his bed, Augustine had Tim Hampshire, a wallpaper hanger, cover his IKEA Malm bed in faux patent leather. Another great add on to the bed, the screen printed Napoleon and former Austrian Prime Minister pillows.

The eat-in kitchen area was created from a left over pew, antiques and paintings. Augustine recommends pulling furniture away from the walls to create intimate seating areas, and most important use items that aren't art as art. He had a piece of packing material framed and hung on his wall. He also recommends hanging frames lower to create a more inviting area.

You can see more pictures of Gregory Augustine's studio apartment at Philadelphia Magazine | Studio Art.

Have you ever lived in a studio apartment, what were some of your design challenges?

Images: Trevor Dixon

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