The Not So Chic Studio Apartment

Your home is essentially a way in which you should be able to express your personality. In its most ideal form, it should in some way signal how you interpret yourself and should likely be an extension of you. That is more or less all saying the same thing, however right now my apartment is looking more like an IKEA catalog and for our rather small budget, I have to deal with the fact that their furniture is cost effective.

With a Soderhamn Sofa, a Besta TV Unit, Vittsjo Bookcases, a Docksta Table and Tobias chairs, my French Bucket Caned Chair and Parisien art and mirrors seem at odds with all the sleekness of IKEA.

BUT, in an effort to live within one’s means, my goal in designing my apartment will be to take all of this IKEA stuff and make it work in a new and sort of chic way.

Because right now it is not-so-chic.

Let’s begin.

NAME AND OCCUPATION PLEASE

Drew Albo, Occupation Interior Designer / Writer / Blogger / Person who works from home

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR APARTMENT?

I like that for a studio it is surprisingly spacious, that we have faux wood floors instead of carpet and that our appliances are new.

WHAT DO YOU HATE ABOUT YOUR APARTMENT?

The basic-ness of it, the wall color, the lack of light, the ceiling fan and the very large air conditioning unit hanging on the wall.

WHAT IS THE GOAL FOR YOUR SPACE?

Well, because it is a studio, I think one of the most important parts is utilizing the space well so it doesn’t feel crowded. I work from home, so designated space is important, and then at the same time I want it to feel lived in and not-so-basic.

WHAT ARE YOUR NEEDS?

We have all of the large furniture pieces, I think the main thing would be redesigning some of them and bringing new life to bland pieces. We also need more light, so possibly lighting for the bedroom space.

SPACE PLANNING/PROBLEM SOLVING

The layout of the space is in an L shape so flow from each space is important. We have a bar area in the kitchen but realistically we will be eating at the table or sofa. The table needs to act as a desk for most of the time. The other space problem is that we have a lot of books and a lot of random objects that will need to be hidden, so storage is important. Problems are that we can’t necessarily make any changes to the layout of the apartment or additional lighting.

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WHERE TO BEGIN?

The sofa. I’m not so sure that I like it and it’s not very comfortable. Morgan really wanted something large enough he could sleep and take naps on, so the goal was to have more of a lounger sofa. Initially, I didn’t mind the sofa but after a while, I just don’t think its comfortable and don’t like the IKEA slipcover. The cushions are flat and thin and have no support.

My goal will be to meet with my darling friend and upholsterer Aby Figueroa and re-stuff and possibly re-shape the Soderhamn Sofa. I want a fabric that will be durable to wear and tear but it doesn’t need to be bulletproof. There are no tiny humans or pets anywhere so realistically it just needs to hold up to the occasional spill, those are few and far between but I’m not a freak about stuff like that.

INSPIRATION

My dream sofa has always been the Linen Kettleby Sofa from Anthropologie, but there is no real way that our Soderhamn sofa is going to look like that. One home that I absolutely fell in love with was a home designed by General Assembly. They did a house for Amanda Seyfried in the Catskills and I honestly think it was designed for me. She has a West Elm sofa that I actually really like, so I think I’m going to try and reshape our sofa after that one.

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THE STORY WILL CONTINUE

I know that this is the just the beginning of this journey, but hopefully sometime soon, maybe by next year, the apartment will be finished. At that time we will be ready to move so oh well. Stay tuned, hopefully, I’ll come out of this with some helpful tips for you and your apartment, or maybe I’ll come out of this broke with no actual furniture and a home that will forever be unfinished. Who knows?

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