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Well, I’m happy to announce I officially have the keys in hand to my new studio loft. I don’t move in until the weekend, but I stopped in before dinner the other night to soak in my home before the moving chaos begins. It’s…perfect. It’s much smaller than I remembered from my viewing and I’m perfectly fine with that. I must have been disoriented the first time I checked out the view because I don’t remember it being this fantastic. From my three windows I overlook a historic, urban neighborhood in the corner of downtown full of restaurants, bars and unique shops.

The few moments to myself also gave me time to picture a furniture arrangement and daydream of my future gallery wall for which I’ve been hoarding tons of artwork. I originally thought I had all concrete walls, but to my surprise, I have half and half. I also found out I have a medicine cabinet (yay, storage!), do not have a microwave, and have large enough window ledges to display houseplants and allow my cat, D’Artagnan, to hang out and enjoy the view, too.

Ready to step into my new place? It doesn’t have furniture yet, or anything, but will by next week. Oh, and don’t worry about taking off your shoes. I’m not that picky yet.

Studio Style: Step Into Kayla's Empty Studio Before Move-InView from the entrance | living room + bedroom

Studio Style: Step Into Kayla's Empty Studio Before Move-InView from the kitchen | living room + bedroom

Studio Style: Step Into Kayla's New Studio Before Move-InView from kitchen | industrial barn door leads to bathroom

Studio Style: Step Into Kayla's New Studio Before Move-InBathroom with industrial barn door

It’s “cold” now with all the industrial piping and concrete, but I have lots of ideas for warming the place up. What tips do you have for me?  Share them in the comments below.

Follow along as Kayla makes the transition into an industrial studio apartment. Check out her studio inspiration board here.


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8 Responses

  1. Christine says:

    Start with a fun rug! That will keep your eyes lower so you aren't paying as much attention to the pipes overhead.

  2. RSS says:

    Kayla, I've been enjoying your blogs on your studio apartment. I've always loved the style and can't wait to see how you decorate. The exposed pipes are fantastic and I love the concrete floors. This will be such a fun adventure for you. Enjoy every bit of it.

  3. Briana@HGTV says:

    Oh man, this is an Andy Warhol dream space: http://static.dezeen.com/uploads/2012/03/dezeen_D

    Can't wait to see what you do with it!

  4. jan says:

    STYLE – First, decide whether you want a more elegant look or fun one.

    SHELL – I love the shell just as it is: walls, floors, ceiling stay as they are – that is the charm of the place and maybe why you bought it. Don't forget why you got it, don't paint, or carpet.

    FLOOR – Keep the concrete. Fun carpet with bright colors and large pattern. Elegant one with old or reproduced old colors. Modern with a sisal/seagrass/jute or hemp rug.

    LIGHT – A torchere up light to draw attention to the most interesting part of the pipes and ducts, perhaps the shiniest, you might even hang a mobile there. Because studios seem never to have enough light, I would add a lot of directional lighting. Also yellow semi-sheer curtains always make a room feel sunnier.

    SOUND – Lots of fabric to warm it up and dampen the sound from all those hard surfaces: slipcovers, a throw, lots of big cushy pillows. However, be careful about canopies, I just took one down, because it seemed to gobble up the space. Lots of possibilities for layered window coverings: double drapes, drapes with tie back curtains, either with Roman or Austrian shade, cafe curtains let sun in above why providing privacy below.

    WALL – Maybe it would be fun to choose one spot where the wall color changes dramatically and play it up, not down. Follow that curvy line with a scroll design .

    STORAGE – Studios also often are lacking in storage, so I would fill one or both of the sunken walls on either side of the chimney with shelves.

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  6. […] been pretty bad about keeping you guys updated, haven’t I? Since my last Studio Style post on May 30 (sorry!), I moved in, bought a temporary closet solution, a temporary pantry solution, have my […]

  7. Audrey_1 says:

    I love looking at a home before all the moving has been done. Just the walls and all the potential of the apartment.. Can't wait to see what you do with the place!

  8. MarcioWilges says:

    That is a really nice place even without any furniture and accessories to beautify the place yet. For the coldness of the concrete floor, I often use mats that are not only thick but anti-slip. This way, my feet will remain warm and I can have a peace of mind while moving around the house even with socks on that could be quite slippery.

Kayla KittsKayla is a special projects editor at HGTV.com and a co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. Kayla is an overbearing cat mom with a love for vintage-modern furniture, artisan cocktails, organizing all...


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