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I am just in that “Make what’s old feel new again” mode of spring. I seem to get this way every year when the sun finally comes out in Seattle. It’s been straight gorgeous here so it’s finally time to Windex the windows, and make things feel fresh. On Friday I stayed late at school rearranging all of the furniture in my classroom, and on Saturday I rearranged all of the furniture in my little studio apartment. Oh my heavens, you guys, I think I have finally found the best solutions for both spaces.

My little apartment is tricky because not only is it itty bitty, but it’s got a ton of windows I don’t want to block, a major Seattle skyline view I want to showcase, and I have a lot of furniture. I’m a firm believer that you don’t need to have tiny furniture in a tiny space and you don’t have to sacrifice furniture in a tiny space. It’s all in how you arrange it. I’d been working on drafting up different versions of possibly plans, then on Saturday I had my friend Oliver over and showed him my Pinterest boards and sketches, and he helped me to pick a lane. Right after he left I got to work and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

Before

IMG_5650 IMG_5651This was the basic setup of my studio before I started moving everything. You can see I’ve already moved chairs and ottomans out of the living area, but everything else is still in place. I put this arrangement together in prep for my family visiting over the holidays and had the Christmas tree to contend with. Plus, that was before I had my desk. Although I liked that you didn’t walk right into my bed upon arrival, it was the only thing you could see from the front door. Also, because the radiator limited how far I could push the bed over, it made the living room area feel smaller than necessary. I knew there was another way. The only thing I knew was that I liked the placement of my desk in front of the windows. Everything else had to move.

IMG_5652 IMG_5655I was very inspired by this photo on Pinterest. It was an idea I’d never considered. Although that girl’s studio is much larger than mine, I liked the idea of using the sofa as a footboard and increasing the size of my living space in the process. Here’s how it turned out…

After

IMG_5669 IMG_5664 IMG_5670I absolutely LOVE it!  The living area feels huge for the first time since I moved in two years ago. The bedroom area still feels comfy and cozy and I wake up right next to a window I can open first thing in the morning. It’s wonderful. I still have a few changes to make like rehanging art and picking up a few little pieces, but it’s really coming together. The best part is that both my bed and my sofa face my fantastic view of Seattle and I can truly enjoy it.

I’m still in the process of digitizing my massive music collection (post to come!) and I am planning to donate or sell all of my IKEA Billy bookcases and CD towers. They’re the black-brown color, a holdover from a previous apartment, and are so big and heavy. They bring my light and airy room down. I’m going to buy the IKEA Kallax cube shelving unit, formerly known as Expedit, in white in the 5×5 size to take the place of my Billy bookshelves. I’m so excited to have a home for all my books and records, and to style up all those little cubes. I was considering stacking bookshelves like this one, but I think the Kallax is a better storage option for the money and for the future even after I leave this apartment. What do you think?

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