A few years ago (yes, I’m horribly behind), my sister signed a lease on a 500 square foot studio while in graduate school. She asked me to help her decorate, requesting a modern design featuring dark wood and a blues-green color scheme to coordinate with the kitchen. I believe the other instructions were basically that it had to be very budget friendly as she was up to her ears in student loans, and she needed a sleeper sofa.
This was the preliminary design board I sent to her. We later found a nicer tv console, so she chose to go with an A-frame bookshelf and a less expensive rug. Normally I would also suggest paint colors and maybe a few accessories for customers, but we knew J couldn’t paint and wasn’t planning to stay in the apartment long term (also she wouldn’t be home much with clinical rotations). Even having said that, we wanted to make the place comfortable and find pieces she could take with her to her next apartment.
Here’s another photo of the kitchen, after she moved in. Check out the book shelves above the cabinets, I love them! The backsplash is amazing, too.
Here’s the living room. There were French doors leading to a small balcony to the right of the tv, which I think would have looked lovely with something like these curtains from Ikea to add some more color. I’d hang them on an oil rubbed bronze curtain rod, and since she was renting I’d probably pull the vertical blinds open and tuck them behind one of the curtain panels.
Ideally a darker colored slipcover for the sofa would stand out from the wall color better, since she wasn’t allowed to paint. I’d also love to see a more colorful rug, but this one did the trick of keeping the couch from scratching the wood when it was pulled out into a bed.
Here’s the dining area, which was on the other side of the French doors. I love the bar height table she chose. (Also, get a load of all those running medals. She’s a marathoner. #mysisterisawesome)
I’m thinking about doing a follow up now that she’s moved, showing how the pieces progressed in her new larger place.