Ricardo, 460 sq. ft., Los Angeles
What I Love About My Small Home
It came with a parking spot–quite a rare find for a studio apartment in West Hollywood area. Almost every vintage piece of furniture and accessory I found on Craigslist, eBay, or in a thrift store. The sofa conveniently turns into a bed by simply folding down the back rest. My awesome bed is sleek, solid, Danish Modern with floating nightstands. It was important for me to find a nice bed since, well, it’s just one of those things that stands out in a studio space like this. Another nice feature is the full size kitchen with enough space to fit a small dining table. My landlord was very accommodating by allowing me to paint the walls and change the ceiling light fixtures.
Biggest Challenge of Living in a Small Space?
How to decorate and maximize the space without sacrificing comfort, function, aesthetic, and my wallet. I wanted three distinct living spaces – a bedroom, living room, and an office – inside the 16’x15′ main room, while maintaining cohesion throughout the rest of the apartment. The solution was choosing furniture that is appropriate in scale and purpose, a smart layout, and acquiring quality, timeless pieces I wouldn’t want to dispose of like I had with previous furniture. A room divider in the main room was out of the question since it would restrict the flow and make it choppy. The bed placement was limited to two options: by the window, or against the long wall on the right where you enter. I opted for the window where it fits perfectly and visually anchors the room. Find a good balance between the necessary and unnecessary, and pay attention to the little details that make a huge difference visually – colors, patterns, textures, and the unexpected.