A Small Studio Is a Minimal, Chic Retreat

A Small Studio Is a Minimal, Chic Retreat

(Image credit: Chelsey Brown)

Name: Chelsey Brown
Location: New York
Size: 450 square feet
Years lived in: 2 weeks, renting

I moved into this 450-square-foot studio exactly two weeks ago. I wanted to create a retreat for myself as I am living there alone and wanted to come home to something homey, chic, and glamorous. The apartment was dark, bland, and boring before I moved in. The last person who lived there had virtually no furniture or interior style in the space—it was pretty depressing!

(Image credit: Chelsey Brown)
(Image credit: Chelsey Brown)
(Image credit: Chelsey Brown)

Describe your home's style in 5 words or less: Chic-meets-modern in this studio apartment.

(Image credit: Chelsey Brown)
(Image credit: Chelsey Brown)

What is your favorite room and why? I'm not sure how to answer that as it's all one room! But, I would have to say that the living area is my favorite spot. My sofa is to-die-for and I love how intimate and cozy the space feels. I also made sure to incorporate a lot of luxe fabrics within the space to create a homey, glam feel.

(Image credit: Chelsey Brown)

If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? More closet space! I had to get creative with storage—from hiding items behind my curtains to storing artwork behind my leaning mirror, I pulled out all the tricks! You have to utilize almost every piece of furniture and object in your apartment when living in such a small space.

(Image credit: Chelsey Brown)

What's the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The neon sign above my TV. Everyone compliments me when they walk into my home!

(Image credit: Chelsey Brown)
(Image credit: Chelsey Brown)

Any advice for creating a home you love? Don't let having a small, rented space stop you from creating your dream home! Many people feel intimidated to decorate when 1.) It's something they don't own or 2.) It's a very small space. There are SO many temporary, creative tricks that not only work for rented spaces but also very small ones with limited storage.

Correction: Chelsey initially listed the incorrect square foot size in her submission. The studio apartment is 450 square feet, not 250 square feet.

Thanks, Chelsey !

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