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I’ve 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 furniture mostly where I want it and am pretty organized. I think the reason I’ve been so delayed in sharing a progress post is because I’ve been shuffling pieces around and wanted to share an almost final layout with you all. I still have LOADS of artwork to hang, accessories to paint/refinish and purchases to make, but I feel like it’s coming along pretty well for only being in a month. Now, I’m only sharing my “bedroom” today, because my living room is still stacked with boxes full of books. (I have yet to find the perfect bookshelf.) So, welcome to my boudoir! I’ll walk you through…

Kayla Kitts' Studio Bedroom

If you look at pictures of my studio before the move, you’ll notice this is the very back of the room. I wanted this to be my bedroom from the get-go. One downside (or upside?) is I can’t sleep in past 7:30 a.m. because the sun drowns in through the windows. I’ve become quite the early riser since living here. I have a collection of unframed artwork that I’ve purchased in South America, New Orleans and thrift shops that I need to get framed. I plan on creating a colorful gallery above my bed that will be a perfect balance with all-white bedding. I’m also in the market for an area rug to provide a nice underfoot when I hop out of bed. Suggestions are welcome!

Kayla Kitts' Studio Bedroom Pillows

I’ve never had a duvet, let alone an all-white duvet before, so this is a treat. I also have a black cat that loves to snuggle on my white bedding, so that’s something I’ve just had to overlook. I’m not a matchy-matchy person, but I loved the minty concrete walls by the windows, so I decided to pull some of that color in through the sheets and ombre throw pillow.

Kayla Kitts' Studio Bedroom Storage

Space is a serious concern. I have one closet and it’s a storage closet with a 2 1/2-foot rack and three shelves. Yup. So, I found this ikat-patterned storage ottoman for a bargain. I use it to hold all my shoes. It’s not the most convenient thing in the world, but it works!

Kayla Kitts' Studio Window Treatments

The standard aluminum blinds aren’t in the best condition and I have tall ceilings, so curtains are a must. I picked up these basic white curtains and some tension rods (since I have concrete walls). I plan on adding some color to them with a stenciled design or some stripes. Any ideas?

Kayla Kitts' Studio Window Treatment Tiebacks

HGTV designer Brian Patrick Flynn sent over this photo gallery of creative curtain hardware ideas, and the leather belt idea was definitely my favorite. Of course I need to get rid of stuff anywhere I can, so I found a belt I never wear and turned it into a chic tieback. Now, my cat, D’Artagnan, can hop up on the windowsill with ease (and without putting runs in my new draperies).

Kayla Kitts' Studio Bedroom Decor

I have windowsills that are actually functional! Give me a spot other than a table to stack books or accessories and I’m a happy girl.

Coming soon: Pictures of my living room and kitchen, plus projects I’ve taken on to spice up the place. Keep checking back!

Follow my transition from the suburbs to downtown living — in a studio:

14 Responses

  1. Denise J. says:

    The bedroom is looking great!

  2. Allie @ HGTV says:

    So cute! Love your mint pillow.

  3. Keri_HGTV says:

    It's so industrial, which I love! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Kayla@HGTV says:

    It's super industrial, which I love. You'll have to come see it in person sometime!

  5. Liz_HGTV says:

    Looks great so far! I really love that ombre pillow and the belted curtains.

  6. Lili_HGTV says:

    This looks lovely so far, Kayla! The all white softens the room so much. And I love you shoe storage. Genius.

  7. Cassidy says:

    I LOVE the industrial look. You're doing great so far.

  8. Rosemary says:

    I love your space already!
    Have you checked out Ikea for the throw rugs? If one isn't big enough you can buy two and use rug tape to hold two together!
    Also, have you thought about using Armoires for walls around your bed and moving your bed over near the bathroom? You could find two or three of them and face them in or out or some in and some out. They would provide great cupboard space too! Use wallpaper paste to temporarily glue wonderful fabric of your choice to the back of your Armoires and then hang your framed work on them!
    I found three varied looking Armoires on Craig's list and paid a little more to get them delivered. They don't have to reach the ceiling and the tops would provide more "shelf area" for plants or books or both! Paid $100.00 per piece for my used ones and when I'm through with them Ill sell them maybe for more if I'm lucky. Maybe you could even sell them to the next person to fill that space when you are ready to move on!

  9. Rosemary says:

    I looked again at the floor plan, you could either put the armoires lined up so that you end up having a galley kitchen and the bed is hidden from the kitchen, or, you could line armoires up just past the small wall that juts out there and more in the living room so that you have space to walk around the bed and get into the armoire.
    Either way, maybe some sheers hung on a metal plumbing pipe that you get from the hardware store to create the other wall but not make it so closed in and crowded feeling. At any rate, treat the sheers as a wall too if you like and put the head of your bed against it if its indeed the kitchen wall!
    Last thought is to maybe just put two of them at the corner of the bedroom in an L shape to denote the corner and sheers on each opening into the kitchen and the living room. You could face one of them into the kitchen and one into the living room with their back corners touching causing a denotation of a corner wall and there would be plenty of closet space or kitchen storage. The little nook (outside the bedroom space) caused by putting them in an L shape could hold a small table for dropping your purse and umbrella etc when you get home. Hang a plant from a hook off the side there too!

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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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