This tiny Upper West Side apartment of graphic designer and Etsy shop owner Michelle Konar is a great example of how cramped quarters can be transformed into open, airy spaces, using accent colours, decorative cushions and savvy storage.
At just 30 square meters, Michelle’s space may be small, but her creative eye has made her home the envy of her friends!
The apartment’s light blue aqua wall brings warmth to the space, and is picked up in the kitchen area with faux aqua-colored bricks that Michelle made from pieces of cork. Adding a vintage buffet separates the kitchen area from the dining table, and also doubles as the work space for slicing and dicing up meals and garnishes for drinks.
Michelle made the space her own by hanging a painting series that she designed herself while in college over the dining table.The paintings and table sit adjacent from the comfy sofa, which is strewn with boldly patterned decorative cushions, adding flair to their comfort.
She salvaged a used hospital bed from a thrift store, and refinished it in a deep blue. Adorned with more graphic decorative cushions, the bed ties in with the pattern of the rest of the apartment.
Just next to the bed, the sliding glass doors open onto a beautiful private balcony. Michelle's tiny studio feels larger with the precious outdoor space, which is just enough for a few lounge chairs and a garden of lush plants.