A Teeny London Studio Apartment Makes the Best Out of an Odd Layout

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This is an overview of THE room. Bedroom to the right, Living Room to the left. I painted this chest of drawers that was left in this left green because I need the storage and I thought the green worked well with the colour scheme

Name: Mariana Guimaraese and a cat named Grandma
Location: London, UK
Type of home: Studio Apartment
Size: About 300 square feet
Years lived in: 1 month, renting

The bathroom is my least favourite part of the flat, so here's a picture of Grandma!

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: This studio is located in north London; a friend of mine helped me with as I had to leave the other studio I was renting due to money issues. I was made redundant because of the COVID-19 crisis and needed something more cost effective. Fortunately, I saw potential in this flat the minute I saw it.

The jute rug was a gamble with the cat, but she has been very respectful so far!

The colors of the wall threw me off a little but it worked really well with my IKEA pink sofa and the green in all the plants. I had a lot of time to plan the layout, which was quite a challenge because it’s such a small footprint and I had a lot of stuff, but I work in interior design so I used the tools and knowledge I have to make the best of such a small space. I’m getting good at planning small spaces (this is my second studio) and my attitude is to do the best with what we have. The landlady is a friend of my friend and they both said they had tried everything in the flat before and no one had ever come up with a solution as clever as this… and I was really proud of the result, too.

My office

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: “Do the best with what you got” — that’s seven words, sorry!

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is the one room! I guess everyone in studios say that but I just like that everything kind of feels separate, even though they’re definitely not. I love the window in my kitchen as well; I didn’t have one in my last flat and it makes a massive difference.

The vintage wardrobe I got from a friend. it's absolutely what I wanted and for free!

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The wardrobe was not the last thing, it was THE thing that I brought in. With the exception of IKEA shelving for the bathroom that I bought, everything else was mine already. I was looking for a vintage wardrobe for the flat, because the flat didn’t have a built-in and I thought a vintage one would work great in the space. A friend of mine announced on Instagram that she was giving this beauty away, all I had to pay was the van and a coffee to a good friend that helped on the day. It was one of those magical moments of serendipity!

In small studios you need to make use of all spaces, including the top of the extractor fan and the doors

Any advice for creating a home you love? As I have said before, do the best with what you have. I think it’s easy to get caught up with references from amazing websites like Apartment Therapy but I truly believe the core of creativity is to think of ways to utilize what you own by adapting or repurposing. I take in A LOT of references and they inspire me to think how I can apply that idea to my problem.

I'm lucky the landlady allowed me to hand stuff everywhere!

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