This zoned studio apartment is a really liveable space for a young single person or couple. It’s spacious and comfortable with each area delineated with the clever use of furniture and area rugs. The lofty ceiling is put to good use by the suspended pan rack, industrial-style pendant lights and mid-century inspired Flensted mobile.
All the furniture is thoughtfully chosen; an L-shaped sofa which pulls out to form an occasional bed when people are over to stay. The dining table & chairs are compact and beautifully designed and the free-standing kitchen island doubles as a breakfast bar and work surface. The vintage sideboard (or credenza as it would be called in New York where this apartment is located!) is such a flexible piece of furniture; bags of storage for all manner of things and the top is perfect for holding a music system or displaying treasured possessions.
- Flensted 124 Life & Thread mobile
- FRIHETEN corner sofa bed
- Dakota adjustable wood seat barstool
- FUSION dining table & chairs
- Vintage sideboard / credenza
- Caucasian Kazak rug
Get their look
A place for everything and everything in its place. Do you live by that adage – or would you like to? If so, you’ll love this storage-ful home studio. Just look at all those banks of cupboards! The owner has achieved a lovely balance of storage and display. In addition to things being hidden away, there are also lots of items easily to hand… and many interesting decorative pieces on display. It has an uncluttered feel, yet it’s far from being a sparse, featureless space.
- Zodax gold reaching hand sculpture
- Nuevo Living HGML2 dome large pendant light
- ‘something to say’ by Sara Hicks Malone
- ‘Abstract Layers 1’ by Kelly Nasuta
- Kalpana Kilim rug
- Vega Dining Table by Nuevo
- Stilnovo FB7419WHEAT Pella armchair, wheat wool blend
- Threshold™ storage drum accent table gold
- Modmade MM-PC-077-Black+Black Jaden Chair
We love this Mezzanine studio space – you can cook, eat, work, relax within a relatively small area. In addition to being very functional, this home looks great too – bright & contemporary with hints of vintage, rustic and industrial chic.
The background décor is made up of natural cream & white tones. Decorative details provide pops of brighter colour here and there – and we like the way that shades of pink link up the two main areas.
- Munich white frosted pendant ceiling light
- Multi-coloured striped ‘Evie’ bedding set
- Roberts Revival RD60 portable DAB radio – duck egg
- Vintage enamel flour bin
- Antique sycamore dairy bowl
- Le Creuset classic cast iron shallow casserole, 30 cm – Volcanic
- Vintage stacking bentwood school chairs
- Antique sycamore dairy bowl
This ordered craft room belonging to Katy Orme of Apartment Apothecary has a bright and clean look with its brilliant white walls, ceiling and furniture.
Thanks to the white roller blind, there’s lots of natural light – essential for working by day – with a large, centrally positioned pendant light for the evenings. The décor is contemporary with a vintage feel and subtle industrial touches.
The white string shelving and pegboard make good use of the vertical space, getting things up off the floor and providing an easy to reach place for tools and reading material.
There’s lots of room to spread out on the large square trestle table; making cutting fabric and pinning paper patterns so much easier.
- String shelving
- Light blue enamel factory ceiling light shade
- Vintage wall light
- Large white pegboard
- Vintage Bush radio
- Black vintage GPO rotary telephone
- Little Dane table lamp
- Trio of bud vases
We have a spare bedroom in our house that has been earmarked as a work room. It’s currently acting as a spill-over stock room, but the dream is for it to be a craft room. Well, part organised craft room and part creative home office.
One of the main considerations for a craft room is storage. I like and need order in a work room – everything in its place and conveniently to hand. Although they’re lightweight and often transparent, I really don’t like ugly plastic boxes. Give me wood, wicker, cardboard, textile and other natural materials any day.
Another important thing to take into account is your comfort. You’ll probably be sitting down for long periods of time – at a sewing machine, at a desk – you don’t need a chair that makes your back ache. It needs to be the right height for the table or desk that you sit at so an adjustable workshop stool is ideal.
Adequate lighting is another necessity – especially if you’re doing jobs like embroidery or fitting a zip or attaching buttons. A good desk light with angled arms and a pivoting head is ideal for this kind of work. No straining your eyes with a dim overhead light casting a shadow over what you’re doing.
Once all these physical practicalities are taken care of, the emotional requirements need addressing. Colour is the best way to set a mood in an interior environment. Bright bursts of colour around the room lift the spirits. We both spend much of our working day listening to the radio – it’s usually tuned to BBC 6 Music but Radio 4 is the soundtrack to our lazy Sunday afternoons.
- Perivale Sewing Silks box: £200, H is for Home
- JL110 sewing machine, yellow: £99, John Lewis
- Female tailor’s dummy/mannequin: £28.95, eBay
- Wooden sewing box with legs: £50, Hobbycraft
- Large green cutting mat: £14.99, Dunelm
- PALLRA box with lid, set of 4, dark yellow: 12, IKEA
- PURE Evoke Mio radio stem print by Orla Kiely: £149.99, Selfridges
- Hemingway ladies print sewing & knitting range: £3-£6, John Lewis
- Colour pop wall shelves by I Love Retro: £129, Notonthehighstreet
- White pegboard with wooden pegs, large: £47.30, Amazon
- Jielde Signal desk light: £220, Clippings
- Konstantin Grcic Tom & Jerry stool: £336, Conran Shop
- Fonteyn console desk, oak: £369, MADE
Property prices in the UK, especially in London and the South, are absolutely bonkers. If they want to own their own home, many buyers may not be able to afford much more than a small flat or bedsit. Studio living is many people’s reality.
If a home is compact & bijou – there’s a lot that can be done to maximise a living space. Items such as room dividers and rugs help to zone & delineate the different living and working areas.
Use space-saving and metamorphic furniture & fittings. Compact, folding, collapsible, stacking versions of usually bulky items such as chairs, tables and beds can free up a lot of space when not in use.
Multi-purpose items of furniture prove useful additions to studio living. Daybeds, sofa beds and shelving units that double up as room dividers cut down on the number of necessary furnishings and stop a space feeling over-crowded or cluttered.
Unfortunately, smaller doesn’t necessarily mean cheaper – mini versions of fixtures and appliances aren’t always less expensive than their full-size versions.
- Kingston compact leak proof pre-assembled shower cubicle: £756, Forthill Home
- Bathroom vanity combination unit: £374.95, eBay
- Alessi Piana folding chair: £134, Heal’s
- Regal 1550mm roll top slipper bath with tap deck: £299.99, World of Baths
- Caboto room divider: £70.90, Wayfair
- IKEA PS 2014 bureau, orange, birch veneer: £145
- Eyeline Platinum mini kitchen with hobs: from £2,010.00 (ex. VAT), Tiny Kitchens
- IKEA PS 2012 day-bed: £450
- Spacedust bright rug: from £34, Modern Rugs
- Leon Pfeifer for John Lewis Croyde 6 seater drop leaf folding dining table: £299
We’ve got a slight twist for this month’s Pick of the Pads. It’s more a work space than a living space, but with Easter round the corner, the egg theme swayed it.
It’s the studio workspace of Tony Ladd – the ‘Egg Man’ that was in the April 2014 issue of the Homes & Antiques Magazine magazine.
He’s a wildlife artist specialising in British birds. He creates stunningly realistic, hand-cast, hand-painted egg specimens.
His workspace is a self-built, oak-framed wooden studio situated in his garden on the Sussex coast.
We love all the wooden banks of drawers & shelving…
…filled with jars, brushes, books, artefacts and references to nature.
It’s both homely & fascinating – such an inspiring space!