Remember the apartment horror that our client Ann Huff decided to purchase? (If you missed it, you can find it here.) Well, she was true to her word and just as talented as we promised. Just look at the works in progress!! It’s going to be “un petit bijou” – or little jewel! I already want to stay there. Remember the shocking before photos, but that dreamy Eiffel Tower view?
It’s still being completed, but the transformation is so amazing that I just had to share a sneak peek so you could look at this studio! I think I have pretty good design sense, but I didn’t see the possibilities of fitting in a sleeping area at all. Here’s a look at the big design changes that have been made to update this space and completely transform it to a comfortable apartment.
This was the most important change. The kitchen was completely removed and moved to the living room. It wasn’t easy to fit in everything but we did it!
Once the kitchen was moved, we converted the previous kitchen and dining area into the sleeping area. Added built-in cupboards with mirrors on the doors in simple design, again to amplify space and sunlight. It’s amazing, but it fits a real queen size bed – the place where there used to be a dining table and microwave.
Ann found a gorgeous antique chandelier for the middle of the living room and will put a small dining table under it. The table will do double service as a tall coffee table in front of the sofa, something Ann likes to do.
Ann and I agreed we needed a fireplace in the middle of the wall and if we could get extraction pipes to fit the kitchen into the living room. The antique fireplace has been installed, as a decorative piece and the kitchen built around it. Beautiful soft gray colors all around, accented by gold and crystal.
Small Space Decorating Tips
Using a few large pieces actually increases the space, not the opposite – as in this enormous chandelier. Another decorating tip: Use mirrors. A large mirror does not overwhelm a room; in fact it expands it! Just look at the reflection of the chandelier through it. And soon, there will be another one facing it behind the sofa.
Remember the dark brown beams in the ceiling and supporting the walls? We painted the beams gray so they would blend in better. The ceiling is still incredibly interesting, but softer.
Vertical Support Beams
We partially walled the standing beams to create division with the sleeping area, but the beams are exposed in the living room. Beautiful touch!
We installed a contemporary white lacquer sink and built in cabinet in the bathroom, hid the hot water heater under the roof and put in a full-sized shower. The new tiles are simple and bright colored to add to the brightness in the bathroom. No over sized dark brown marble for us!
I’m not supposed to look at the sofa Ann found – but I could see a French day bed peeking out from the plastic. I’m excited to see it uncovered! Wait just a few more weeks to see the final results. Ann’s bringing over 7 suitcases of curtains, pillows and more very soon, and she hopes to stay there to finish it!