if you choose to live on your own as a young person (and i say this assuming that you don’t earn major bucks or perhaps you live in an expensive city – or both) you will probably be faced with the reality of renting a studio apartment. unless you’re an investment banker, or you won the lotto, or your granddad left you a sweet inner city pad the size of an ark that he bought back in 1950 for R500, or you’ve found some 3 bedroom palace with wooden floors and a working fireplace that’s being rented out for tuppence. if you’re one of those people, please don’t pity me. for i might be jumping on the studio flat bandwagon one of these days, and of course in lieu of that, the first thing i consider is HOW TO DECORATE.

zach motl lives in a 178 ft² studio apartment in brooklyn. that’s 16m² folks… he’s an interior decorator, which explains why his flat looks the way it does. “the more stuff you put in a room, the bigger it seems”



probably one of the cutest apartments i’ve seen is this one that won the second prize in apartment therapy’s small cool contest in 2007. more for the use of space than the actual decor (though i so love the chaise). in actual fact it’s bigger than the one above – at 293.5 ft² (27.27m²), yet it actually looks kind of smaller:

another apartment that abides buy the “more is more” rule and pulls it off, is this one (also a 2007 small & cool winner) – it is roughly the same size as the one above (300 ft²):

i think what the americans have going for them in terms of apartments (large & small) is that they usually have built in cupboards (sorry, closets) and i don’t mean the ugly ones we have here that are just plonked in the corner of the room, but actual cupboards that are recessed into a wall. sometimes with a light! oh how i wish to step into my tiny built in closet and tug on the dangling light switch to reveal all my stuff crammed up sardine style. like so:

oh, anything for a royal tenenbaums reference. anyway don’t distract me…

this couple has a really inspiring little studio in NYC (400 ft² = 37 m²), and they did all the DIY themselves:


this NYC couple‘s apartment is only 200 ft² (18 m²!!!)


delving into the archives, i once posted about this studio apartment from light locations, which is lovely:

and, further into the archives, these wee houses – i wouldn’t mind a tiny pre-fab studio sized house that is placed slap bang in the middle of a forest or somewhere else awesome.


or perhaps a tiny beach chalet


sigh. either way, small can be cool.


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  3. Love this post! My husband and I are considering moving to London and will probably end up in a studio. This type of things helps me convince him we can do so and still have a nice looking place :)

  4. These spaces are lovely! I am very into Interior Design and Interior Decorating and these spaces are just my style! I especially love the 3rd one and would REALLY like to know where I could purchase the ivory comforter with the brown square or something similar?

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  6. I´m about to move to a really small house with my- soon to be- husband, and this post really helped me to see that I can transform my tiny house into a beautiful place, thank you miss moss!

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  8. Some nice ideas here. makes me cringe when I see people hanging pots etc over a hob.
    You’ve all seen the stuff that builds up in an extractor fan, right? Now imagine cooking in ware covered in a nice film of that….. gross!

  9. Excellent ideas! I am most definitely getting a studio! #chicago

  10. Stumbled across this looking for ideas for my tiny little studio flat. Here in London they tend to be much smaller that in the USA or Europe. And they also tend to lack the built in storage that many American or European apartments boast.
    My tiny little flat is crammed with furniture to try to give me enough storage for a whole lifetime’s worth of belongings. It feels like a losing battle – i asked my landlord for shelves and I got three tiny little floating shelves that hold pretty much nothing. If i owned it I would totally spend money on some clever design.

    • AshleyAugust Reply

      Buy some cubby holes, they have cheap ones at target or if they don’t have them in Britain, they’d be so easy to make. I move a lot and you never know what you’re going to get but my cubby holes make life so easy. I even have inserts so it has drawers. I much prefer them to dressers because they take up less space and you can be more organized since there’s smaller but more spaces! Cubby holes are like Mobil built ins.

  11. Where do you find a daybed/sofa like the one in the first pictured room? Have a tiny extra room and need something that can be used as sofa/sleep spot.

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  13. This was the best post I’ve ever read on studio apartments, however it was the first. Needless to say I loved it.

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