Living Large at 525 Square Feet

Just because designer Max Sinsteden lives in a studio on Manhattan's East Side doesn't mean he can't decorate his home in giant style. Seeing how Max (only a few months older than I am!) packs his apartment with enormously chic design totally inspires me to zhush as many classic elements into our one bedroom apartment as I can. Small can definitely be chic.

A foyer painted in a classic English green seems much more expansive when the color goes up the walls and over the ceiling - enveloping visitors. A true console table saves space as its one leg scrolls under the marble demilune top towards the wall.

The main body of the apartment is painted in a cheerful subdued lemon yellow. The yellow palette is carried through the room's two upholstered love seats, gingham silk drapes, Christopher Spitzmiller lamp, and genius drapes dividing the living room from the bedroom. Love the double stack of books with the blue tray on top functioning as a coffee table. Also, the landscape painting hanging from wire above the far love seat is nothing short of brilliant.

Love the contrast of this unlined silk gingham drapes against the super old school black casement windows with chicken wire detail. Those haven't been touched in legit 50 years.

This distressed bookcase holds a wealth of books and prints adding more color and texture to the living space. The garden green ties nicely back into the color of the foyer.

The bedroom area sings with contrasting pattern - the ticking stripe of the walls, the subtle paisley of the headboard, the windowpanl check of the bedding (from LLBean! An element after my own New England heart!), the ikat type floral and stripe combination of the window treatment. The neutral monogram is elegant, and the framed architectural drawings add a classicizing touch. Also, mini sconces popping out from the headboard are always welcome.

Instead of a wardrobe at the far side of the bedroom space, why not put a bar? Decked out in navy and green tartan, the skirted bar adds a dash of woodsman-ly masculinity to the room. Love the ladder back chair and the vintage red suitcase. The black tape trims around the soffits, ceiling, walls, and charming built-in add a punchy pop of definition.

Just because you're living in a small space doesn't mean you can't live in superior style. Also, just because you're living in a city studio doesn't mean to have to opt for sleek minimalism. By treating his place in the same grand and detail oriented manner that you'd tackle a family home, Max Sinsteden makes his little apartment a supremely comfortable space for living and entertaining.