A Graphic Designer’s 290-Square-Foot London Studio Is Small but Stylish

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white living area of studio apartment with black and white striped rug and off white sofa

Charlotte Butcher is an expat originally from Canada, but has been living in London for the past six years and living on her own in this studio for nearly two: This is my first time ever being able to live on my own, and I immediately fell in love with the flat when I saw it. I work as a graphic designer and the flat came as a blank canvas, which has allowed me to slowly decorate it in my own way. I’m an avid thrifter and Facebook Marketplace shopper, so I’m always hunting for new pieces and ways to improve my space — whether that’s through new storage solutions or just making the space feel better than before.

I identify as a creative person. I’m a mix between a homebody and someone who loves to be social and host from time to time, so having the outdoor space as well as a small indoor living space has allowed me to do just that. I work from home most days so I love to keep a calming space and style it with pieces that make me smile, and are comfortable and practical. Art, lamps, plants, pillows, candles, and music make up the core of my home’s identity.

Describe your home’s style in five words or fewer: Cozy, creative, thrifted, clean, urban.

What is your favorite room and why? It’s hard to pick. My bathroom has undergone the biggest transformation, which I’m most proud of (it used to be white and grow its own mushrooms). But I spend the majority of my time in the main room of the studio — that’s my bedroom, living room, office, dining room, etc. It will always be my favorite; it gets so much light and has great vibes.

I also love my kitchen for the view of London while I’m cooking and easy access to my patio.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? (Include links if you have them!) The HOVET mirror from IKEA. I found this on Marketplace and have been wanting one forever, as it helps make my space feel way bigger (and is great for selfies … ). My friend Blaine and I carried this home together on the overground train. It’s a lot bigger and heavier than you think.

Any advice for creating a home you love? First of all, I think just giving a damn about your space is important — don’t underestimate what having a warm, organized, and comfortable home that feels like your own can do for your mental health!

Take time to understand what you feel like your space needs/what it is missing and then don’t rush into finding a quick-fix solution. Find something that makes you feel good and proud.

Also, mood lighting is important!

Thanks, Charlotte!

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.