Day 148: Studio Style

by MJ Gourd


Day 148 of 365 Days of a Happy Home!

Is your Happy Home defined by just 4 walls?  Or are you fortunate enough to have an "in law apartment" or separate out building on your property that you use as a guest house?  Maybe you Air BnB this space?  (Yes, I think "Air BnB" can be used as a verb!)  In either situation, you understand it can be tricky to fit in  a place to cook, dine, sleep, bathe and live into a compact space and still be able to breathe!  Here are some places we have had the good fortune to tweak for compact living!

 This kitchenette in an apartment over a garage has enough counter space to prepare a simple meal.  There is an under counter refrigerator with a panel to match the cabinets.  A high shelf will display glassware and dishes.

This kitchenette in an apartment over a garage has enough counter space to prepare a simple meal.  There is an under counter refrigerator with a panel to match the cabinets.  A high shelf will display glassware and dishes.

 Here is another galley style kitchen in a barn renovation.  We were tight on space and wanted to work around original posts in this 150 year old barn.  Again, shelves to display glassware, dishes and bowls.  Using shelves instead of upper cabinetry gives an openness to a tight space.  We added track lighting from a beam near the ceiling to highlight that wall.  The SMEG retro fridge is tucked in under a set of stairs.  This galley kitchen is separated from the living space by a half wall.

Here is another galley style kitchen in a barn renovation.  We were tight on space and wanted to work around original posts in this 150 year old barn.  Again, shelves to display glassware, dishes and bowls.  Using shelves instead of upper cabinetry gives an openness to a tight space.  We added track lighting from a beam near the ceiling to highlight that wall.  The SMEG retro fridge is tucked in under a set of stairs.  This galley kitchen is separated from the living space by a half wall.

 In this tiny bathroom we used a smaller sink in order to have more counter space.  We tucked a walk in shower into a corner (you can see the reflection in the mirror).  Here we opted for a glass shower door to make the space feel bigger.  

In this tiny bathroom we used a smaller sink in order to have more counter space.  We tucked a walk in shower into a corner (you can see the reflection in the mirror).  Here we opted for a glass shower door to make the space feel bigger.  

 This compact sofa from Kravet is actually a sleeper!  When you are short on space a sleeper sofa, day bed or futon are great options. 

This compact sofa from Kravet is actually a sleeper!  When you are short on space a sleeper sofa, day bed or futon are great options. 

 If you are still at a loss for ideas, head to your nearest IKEA!  They never disappoint with what they can do with a small space! 

If you are still at a loss for ideas, head to your nearest IKEA!  They never disappoint with what they can do with a small space! 

Have you recently moved into a studio apartment or renovated a small space lately?  We'd love to hear from you!  Comment below or send us images at hello@mjginteriors.com