Southwest Semi-Finalist #1: Laura's Fresh Start Studio

Southwest Semi-Finalist #1: Laura's Fresh Start Studio

May 14, 2007

Name: Laura
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Type: 293.5 sq.ft. studio
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Laura's favorite OTHER entry:

#4 Lee's Small Smart Space. There were so many wonderful entries to choose from. I prefer the entries that look "real" but well thought out. I chose Lee's Small Smart Space because it is super tiny and yet it feels very spacious and well lived in. I think that is the definition of small and cool. I don't get the impression that Lee is suffering from not having more room and that is how I feel in my small space. Very nicely done!

What is your next improvement (if you could do anything)?:

My apartment is tiny so storage space is very important. I have one small closet and two overhead storage areas. Both storage areas are fairly large but hard to access. My next project is to create a way to use the space efficiently in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible. I rent but my landlord is really open to anything I'd like to do to the place which is awesome but my budget is very tight. I'd like to build some shallow shelves inside the storage space above my closet and then get some tall baskets to essentially hide the opening and provide storage. The space behind the baskets will be for luggage and seasonal items. I would also like to build a cabinet with drawers next to the kitchen space. The built in cabinet would provide more kitchen storage and integrate it into the bedroom area without it being obvious that I have silverware in my bedroom. A real dining area would be a nice improvement as well. I have big dreams but a little apartment and an even tinier budget - but I'm making things happen a little at a time.

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