Apr 17, 2012

Marina's Brooklyn Dream: Small/Cool 2012 Entry

I've often wondered how to effectively make a studio space work that has a kitchen along the entire wall. This is something I've started seeing a lot during my apartment search, especially with downtown Chicago condos. Marina managed to do a fantastic job working around the long kitchen and defining her sleeping/living space. My favorite part of her 490 sq ft Brooklyn abode is the way she used string curtains to separate her bed, not to mention the awesome chandelier used over her kitchen table. Super cute. This is yet another studio space I could transplant myself into and instantly call home. If you'd like to vote for Marina's space click here.

Brooklyn, NY
Square Feet:
What I Love About My Small Home
I love my big windows!! It definitely makes the apartment feel much bigger than it is. Not to mention, I get to overlook Governor's Island and the downtown Manhattan skyline -- not too shabby! I love to have friends over so I made sure to create a space for entertaining. Overall, I love how I feel when I walk home -- it's warm and inviting (great for a homebody like me!)
Biggest Challenge of Living in a Small Space
The biggest challenge was creating a living, eating, working and sleeping area all in one room while trying to make everything feel separate. Thinking vertically always helps in a small space. I installed two shelving systems for entertainment as well as my office space. The position of the furniture is key to creating separation of spaces. I also installed a string curtain to separate the sleeping area from the rest of the apartment. I love the string curtain over a solid curtain because it creates a divide without breaking up the space. It allows flow throughout the space, making it feel larger.


Aramide said...

Great minds think alike! As I said before I'm on the apt. hunt as well and will most likely be looking into getting a studio. I bookmarked this one as one of my inspirations. Love what she did w/ her space & defining each area.

I was thinking of going the bookcase route to separate my "sleeping" space from my "living" space but once I saw her string curtain I was like, I think that's the way to go. Love getting ideas/inspiration from these apts!

Brittany said...

As someone that's looking for an apartment now... these post are so great!! I love the way the bedroom and living room are separated. It's always good to get ideas from someone else's perspective.

South Loop Social Light said...

@ Aramide - I'm slightly obsessed with the hanging strings she used to separate her sleeping area from the rest of the space! Especially since it still allows so much light to come through. My only issue is that I know my cats would terrorize that! lol... IKEA has that one bookshelf that I've been seeing everyone use to define their spaces. I considered getting that too.

@ Brittany - Welcome to the apartment hunt lol. I love when they do their contest because it's so inspiring to see what people are doing with their spaces.

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