Margaret's Transformed Studio

Margaret's Transformed Studio

Janel Laban
May 11, 2015

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Pasadena, CA
Square Feet:
What I Love About My Small Home:
This studio used to be a dark and moldy 1990s dump with few redeeming qualities. But with a little bit of elbow grease and multiple trips to the Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea Market, I learned that you really can transform any formerly ugly space into something quite charming.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1) Bring eyes upwards. I installed crown molding and curtains, both with no utilitarian purpose other than to visually expand the height of the room.

2) Narrow profile furniture. Because every square inch counts, I looked for furniture with less-than-average depth. What's interesting is that these pieces look obviously narrow in a "normal" space, but in the studio, it looks very proportional.

3) Tearing out the kitchen cabinets to put in exposed cabinets was a huge risk, but totally worth it in the end. It definitely gives the illusion of more space and it forces you to be efficient with your kitchenware.
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