Well, as promised, I spent my Saturday night snuggled on the couch with my dog, a cup of tea, and my laptop, googling to my heart's content to find a few apartments to tour when we visit Portland in December.
Back before I applied for my new job, I had posted on how I was planning on moving to a new apartment in Salt Lake City and outlined how I'd decorate the apartment we'd selected. Although we obviously won't be moving there anymore, I had fun imaging how I'd do up the place and got some feedback from readers that it helped them reimagine possibilities in their own apartments. So I thought I'd do the same thing for a couple apartments we're looking at in Portland.
First up, a 606 sqft studio:
- The door opens into a small open area, which is sized to fit a desk or storage piece (the area with a yellow pointer on it on the bottom left of the floor plan).
- Through the entryway on the left is a big storage unit (top left yellow pointer).
- The kitchen is pretty basic and we'd likely add a rolling prep cart for more prep area.
- The little pop-out nook is floor-to-ceiling windows, just the right size for a table and two chairs.
- Then we have the small living area, just right for a sofa, media stand, ottoman, and maaaaaybe a chair.
- The 'studio' isn't a true studio because the bedroom area has walls, albeit 3/4-high ones. The bedroom will fit a bed, two side tables, and has a closet but won't fit much else.
- The bathroom contains a full-size washer/dryer and a nice-sized vanity.
Here are some ideas I'd utilize in the space:
I'd add this sleek shoe cabinet from Ikea to the little desk nook in the entryway and top it off with a mirror and rug. Boom. Done.
I've had this idea in my head for a while to do a dining area with director's chairs, a pedestal table, and a storage bench with lots of pillows. And then Jana Bek made it happen so I have this beautiful shot to share with you! :)
...except I want to get faux leather (or patterned fabric) seats and backs made for the director's chairs
My boyfriend would like a desk area, so we would set up a desk as a console table behind the sofa with two wood stools underneath and a pair of lamps.
I think a long low bookshelf would be nice on the wall with the TV. Because the apartment has so much storage, I could fill the shelves with books and pretty things :)
And over the shelving, maybe a gallery wall to help camouflage the TV
I'm shooting for this vibe, except without all the white (black dog doesn't mix with white linens....wha whaaa).
And this is how I'd put it together:
How would you use this space?