This Small Studio Apartment Has an Easy, Elegant Divider Solution

published May 2, 2019

This Small Studio Apartment Has an Easy, Elegant Divider Solution

published May 2, 2019
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Style
Bedrooms
Square feet
600
Sq ft
600

Name: Channing Foster and cat, Cosette
Location: Mount Pleasant — Washington, D.C.
Size: 600 square feet
Years lived in: 9 months, renting

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Channing Foster has lived in her Mount Pleasant apartment for less than a year, but she’s already made it her own. Drawing inspiration from the building’s mid-century foundations, she’s elevated the space with a disciplined color palette and an elegant selection of furniture, art, books, and heirlooms. Channing is the founder of CLF Strategies, a social media consulting group, as well as the force behind D.C. food Instagram, The Boozie Foodie.

Channing broke up her studio floor plan into distinct areas, creating clear living room, dining room, and bedroom spaces with a “wall” made out of IKEA closet units. “I toyed with the idea of making the wall solid shelving, but ultimately that made the space feel too closed in. I love using the open cubes to break it up and let a bit of extra light into the bed nook. Plus they double as extra nightstand space on the back.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Elegant minimalist

Inspiration: The building is an original mid-century modern, built in the ’50s. I drew inspiration from that and tried to keep the feel in my space, without being too one-dimensional.

Favorite Element: Eileen Gray E1027 Table

Biggest Challenge: The walls are all poured concrete, so hanging anything is a nightmare. I had my first experience with a hammer drill just to get the pendant light hung in the dining room. So worth it… but yikes.

Proudest DIY: The bedroom “wall” made out of IKEA closet units. I toyed with the idea of making the wall solid shelving, but ultimately that made the space feel too closed in. I love using the open cubes to break it up and let a bit of extra light into the bed nook. Plus they double as extra nightstand space on the back.

Best Advice: Remember to add a little color (I’m terrible at this)—not everything can be only black and white. I did it in this apartment with plants! They add the perfect pop of green to liven the space up without being too loud.

Resources:

LIVING ROOM

DINING ROOM

BEDROOM

  • Papier Mâché Deer — Michaels, then painted black
  • Nightstand — IKEA
  • Mirror — Umbra

Thanks, Channing!


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