A few days I wrote about a new blog I've started, now at http://www.1roomliving.com (yes, I got my own domain - surprisingly easy!). As suggested, I'm going to continue to put some of my posts on gather to share with you all. Of course, you can also go straight to the site to see more interesting and innovative products and design ideas! As always, suggestions and contributions are always welcome!Â
Introduction to Studio Apartments:
Studio apartments can make fantastic homes if you put some work into them. Many people have the idea that they are necessarily stuffy or cluttered â€“ but with a little bit of effort and a good amount of ingenuity, they can become bright and cozy havens from a world of excess outside. In fact, recently, as our culture as a whole has been moving towards a greater environmental consciousness, thereâ€™s been a move towards small living spaces which are much more efficient in terms of energy and material use, making studios ideal homes for those who care about being â€˜green.â€™
When I moved into my studio a few months ago, I found myself searching in vein for a comprehensive resource that I could consult for help with decorating, organizing, and enjoying my new smaller space. I needed advice on everything from color palettes to lighting design to space solutions and organizational tips and most of all â€“ everything had to fit my budget. I found plenty of resources aimed at luxury loft dwellers but none that addressed people like me: people who are living in one room to save money, not because weâ€™ve made a lot.
In an effort to make studio apartment living just a little bit more simple, Iâ€™ve decided to share with others the fruits of my labors. For over two months I scoured the web and browsed through books I couldnâ€™t justify spending hard earned money to buy. I spent an afternoon visiting the garment district in Downtown LA and another afternoon learning how to use a sewing machine. I perfected my search accuracy on sites like Craigslist and Ebay and I considered becoming an interior designer â€“ because I seemed to be doing more of that work than my real job.
Many of you might already know the blog Apartment Therapy which caters to design-loving apartment and home dwellers all, and has specific pages for those who live in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. (They also have a site dedicated to kitchens which often has yummy recipes!) They occasionally even have budget diy ideas such as this entry on how to make a pot rack out of a bicycle wheel .Â
If you had to go to only one place for design ideas and inspiration, though, you must go visit their Smallest Coolest Apartment Contest which ran on the blog throughout April and May. Some of the apartments showcased are just spectacular â€“ and theyâ€™re all under 650 sq. ft â€“ some of them much smaller. Most of them are studios, and a good amount of them were furnished on a small budget. Beware: you might spend hours and hours browsing!
Other great resources are:
Marthastewart.comÂ and Blueprint Magazine
One Room Living is an interior design blog for apartment dwellers and renters who have both small spaces and small budgets. Visit every day to see new design ideas, tips, and affordable yet stylish products.Â