Studio Living

Since moving into my apartment, I’ve had a lot of questions about how I’ve made studio living work. When I signed the lease to my 550 sq. ft. studio apartment I was excited. Excited for this new chapter, excited to move into my new home, but even more excited to take on the challenge of studio living. How was I was going to cut my living space in more than half? Where would all my stuff go? How was I going to make a studio apartment feel separated but yet not closed off?

Let’s just say I love a good challenge.

There’s still a few things I’d like to add to the space, but I believe a space is always evolving. I’ll keep you updated on the different changes but for now, this is my 550 sq. ft. studio apartment as it is today.

Anyone who knows me knows that my style can be summed up in one word, minimal. Everything that I own has a place. I don’t like clutter, and knick knacks have never been my thing. Too much stuff stresses me out. Like I literally. can. not. function. I LOVE neutrals. I love mixing in natural elements and I LOVE plants. They’re a great way to add color and life to a neutral space without feeling like its cluttered.

I wanted to create a space that separated my bed from the rest of the area so I didn’t feel like I was entertaining in my bedroom and sleeping in my living room, ya know? This cube bookshelf from Ikea was exactly what I envisioned. Large enough it actually separated the space, small enough it didn’t over power. It serves as extra storage and allows the natural light to poor through. Win. Win.

What do I love most about my apartment? The floor to ceiling windows. The natural light that pours through makes the space feel light and airy. As an added bonus, they’re perfect for part time people watching.

When I was shopping for a couch, again I had versatility in mind. I knew I didn’t want something that was big and bulky but I also knew I needed something that would serve as more than just a couch for when I have guests over.  Price was also a factor because let’s be real, I’m not dropping $2,000 on a damn couch.

I found this one online, and I won’t lie, I was a bit leery since I couldn’t see it in person. I read the reviews and dismissed the ones that said something like “It was hard to put together because I had the wrong tool.”  (side rant: why are those types of reviews even allowed? It’s not the couches fault you can’t get your shit together?) but anyways, all in all the couch had great reviews. In all reality, my couch is a glorified adult futon, but it’s perfect for the space.

Tips for studio living? Keep it simple.

Also, Target and IKEA will be your best friends if you’re on a budget 😉


Runner: IKEA

Boots: Hunter

Cube Bookshelf: IKEA

Fabric Storage Bins: Target

Plant Basket: Similar here

Ladder: Homemade but similar here

Plant Holder: Home Depot (I stacked 2 together)

TV stand: Thrift store find

Cowhide Rug: Similar here


World Map: Fritz and Sparrow

Bar Stools: Target

Couch: Target

Living Room Rug: Target

Pillow: Target

Blanket Basket: Target

Corner Chair: Rummage sale find

Chair Throw: IKEA

Floor Lamp: Target