Guest Picks: Chic Style: How to Decorate a Studio
At the same time, I want to come home to a place that I can call my sanctuary, no matter how small. This all means that I am looking for decor items that not only look stylish, but are functional and create as much open space as possible. So with that goal in mind, I have found 20 items and tips to keep in mind when decorating your own small space. — Shannon from The Simply Luxurious Life
Studios rarely have space for a dining room table, but that doesn't mean you don't have to have a place to dine. Choose a small bistro table and two upholstered chairs, and everyone will forget you live in a small abode.
As a blogger, I need a desk in my home. But in a studio, it can't take up too much space. A campaign-style desk provides ample workspace without the encumbrance.
Living in a studio does not mean you can't have a sofa. Having a traditional sofa, though, means that you rarely have space for additional chairs or a chaise. Why not choose an L-shaped sofa? You can lounge, nap or simply sit.
A fantastic way to section off the bedroom from the living space is to place a high-backed bench at the foot of the bed. It provides both seating and privacy.
The gift of living in a studio is that you need less furniture, so you can splurge on the accessories. A designer lamp is a beautiful addition to a bedside table or sofa.
This beautiful Jonathan Adler lamp will add a unique signature touch.
To help a small space appear bigger, choose solids and refrain from prints. But how does one still add personality and a signature touch? Texture. This pintuck duvet cover is a wonderful modern update on the classic white.
A decor maven of studios looks for style and functionality. Choose an ottoman that is big enough for a tray with a bouquet and coffee table books, and can act as an extra seat if the situation arises.
While in small spaces, prints are something you should stay away from. But choosing a quality wool rug in a beautiful classic print wouldn't hurt a thing.
These tufted dining chairs would be a simple way to soften a space and create a lovely dining area.
Creating a welcoming foyer, no matter how small, does wonders for your frame of mind when you come home from work or travel. But if you don't have the space for a console table, choose a chic standing tray. Create an area for your keys, a beautiful vase with fresh flowers, and you are home.
If you don't have the money to spend on quality furniture, splurge on accessories like pillows, lamps and tabletop decor. These blue beauties would look wonderful on a simple white sofa.
No matter how small your kitchen or living space is, splurge on quality cookware. As long as the food tastes scrumptious, who cares how much square footage you have?
Mirrors are a studio-dweller's best friend. They provide the illusion of more space, so stock up!
Forgo the dresser and opt for wise organization in your closet. Use these hanging sweater organizers to easily save more space.
Cedar hangers are wonderful no matter how large or small your home. They help prevent moths and create a chic, uniform look behind your closet doors.
A studio may not allow you to have a wine cellar, but it doesn't mean you can't have wine storage. A simple wine rack on your kitchen counter allows you to have a bottle of wine ready for any occasion.
A simple pyramid wine rack for 10 bottles of wine — done and done.
I couldn't possibly live without books in my home, and these simple shelves take up less space than a traditional set of tall bookshelves. My preference would be to paint them white so that they blend into the wall and let the books' jackets do the talking and decorating.
Whether on your desk or on your bookshelf, these bookends are chic and functional — the mantra for a studio dweller.Next: Houzz Tour: Elegant, Efficient Manhattan Studio