Larry's "Life on Display" Studio

Larry's "Life on Display" Studio


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New York, NY
Square Feet:
What I Love About My Small Home:
When you have a studio consider your life on display. Defining unique modules and creating a welcoming interior is all about accepting that you no longer have walls.

I really learned to appreciate the simplicity of one room, with numerous areas offering unique perspectives. In defining spaces I reversed the bed and the couch, breaking up the density along a single wall and offering varied views when reading in bed or collapsing after getting in.

I chose pieces I really appreciated, removing the rust and reupholstering a chrome Le Corbusier chair I came across and putting together a glass rack to clear up my two cabinets. Lighting matters most to me so sheer curtains and task lights eliminated dark corners and I ran conduit for a kitchen pendant that already should have been there.

In the end, finding a rent stabilized unit far outweighed the downsides of a pullman kitchen and separated changing alcove.

My only complaint? A true couch would be nice.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1. If you don't love it, donate it. In finding it a new home you may make someone else's. Needless to say every foot matters when you only have a few hundred. Though if you find something unique don't turn it up, those will be the best pieces to talk about.

2. Light matters more than you'd think. Look for south-facing units in NY with high ceilings. Consider where you'll be sitting most and if it'll play to a window—or a wall.

3. If you're renting, don't paint. Black and white is enough if you really curate what's on your walls. Just keep it cool and simple.
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