Aug 18

40+ Plants Fill This Couple's 500-Square-Foot Studio — House Call

Name: Vanessa Combe, my partner Blake, and our cat Marlon
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Size: 500 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, renting

Apartment hunting in Toronto is a miserable affair. The city gets more expensive every year and the lack of housing—especially affordable housing—means that everyone is fighting tooth and nail for a place to call home. If you’re hoping that “home” will be above ground, or have a “real” bedroom, or have any interest or originality or character to it, then you have to be ready to rise above all the other applicants and, most importantly, be ready to pay. And pay a lot.

That’s why, after months and months of endless open houses, applications and desperate email exchanges with landlords, as well as some tough talks about what we could actually afford, I couldn’t believe my luck when I walked into this amazing space that would soon become ours.

I am a chalk artist (@_vanessadraws), and my partner is the Toronto Director for Alveole (@alveolebuzz), an urban beekeeping company!


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Jul 18

Studio Apartment Layouts That Just Always Work

Studio apartments come in all shapes and sizes, and usually, with tricky layouts. Fortunately, there are some tried and true furniture arrangements that can transform your problematic apartment layout into the space-savvy studio it deserves to be.

Don’t believe us? We searched our home tours high and low and rounded up seven studio apartment layouts that always seem to work. From vertical storage schemes to mini living room nooks, read on for a few foolproof ways to maximize your awkward studio apartment layout.


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Feb 18

A Studio Apartment Goes from Fine to Fabulous Thanks to a Faux Wall — House Call

Name: Jackie Barth
Location: New York City
Size: 466 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

One of the biggest bummers about living in a studio apartment is the whole “everything’s in one room” vibe. If you don’t love the idea of being able to see your bed from your couch (or are looking for some extra privacy in your small space) you’ll find inspiration in this NYC rental studio. Jackie and her father used wardrobe doors (similar to these IKEA ones) to DIY a “faux” wall to create a separation between the living space and the bedroom space.


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