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The C and D Layout
Decorating a small studio can be a bit challenging. Firstly, you really need to be wise about utilizing your space since it’s small. The choice of furnitures and furnishings can make your condo look spacious or cramp. The choice of paint is also important.
For first time condo buyers and owners, I advise not to buy any furnitures and furnishing until the unit has been turned over to you. Sometimes out of excitement, buyers would advance purchases of home furnishings (like me! Especially if there are good deals and furniture sale out there. Haha.). But it’s better to wait. There is no harm to look around. After all, you need to get ideas on home decorating, provided you don’t get tempted to buy everything you like. But before you go buying, plan your space carefully. For small spaces, bulky furnitures is a no-no. Go for simple sleek, and functional.
I’m sharing some of the interior designs I’ve made for my 24sq meter condo. Since I bought it at pre-sell, I had a lot of time to design how I want my condo to look. Please feel free to make comments. I don’t really have good title for the designs, so I’ve decided just to call it A-Z layout. Check the next blogs for other layouts.
Living in mini or even micro homes is becoming a trend in the U.S. and perhaps, in Canada too.
A really small space but surprising enough, it has all the basic parts of the house such as the kitchen and dining, T&B, bedroom, and a porch too!
What’s nice about these mini homes is that it is mobile and you don’t need to worry about rent or mortgages as long as you have a place to park your house on.
This is taking small space living to the extreme! Houses are really cute, cost efficient, and has less environmental impact. PLUS! You also save on the cleaning. I’m just not sure if it’s the right house for claustrophobics.
See Jay’s Tiny House:
Another mini-home which I found fascinating. It’s solar-powered.
I think small spaces are harder to decorate. You have to be clever in designing furnitures and storage systems, and they need to be strategically located, as every inch of space matters. For me though, I like the idea of small space living.
I finally made the 3D layout of my condo unit, using Better Homes and Gardens Home Design Software. I’m not an interior designer, but since I purchased a condo, I needed to find a way to visualize how I want my space to look. So I purchased this interior design software from the net. It’s quite good for non-professionals like me.I started by drawing the floorplan, specifying the dimensions, and placing furnitures and fixtures from the library.
Then with the camera mode in the software, it tranforms the floorplan into a 3D view. Other objects where placed during the 3D mode.
This area of the condo has a 3-in-1 function. It serves as the kitchen, dininig and workstation. I made sure that there were a lot cabinets and shelves for storage, since it’s a small space.
Above is the closer view of my workstation/office nook which is somewhat connected to the dining table. The idea is being able to convert the dining table to a work table, if needed. The dining is separated from the bedroom and living area using roller curtains or blinds. I chose roller blinds instead of sliding partitions probably because they might be cheaper to make and they need less space because you can just roll them up or down. I thought of adding a full height curtain partition which reaches up to the ceiling between the bedroom and the kitchen/dining area because I hate the smell of frying oil. The partition will hopefully be contained in the kitchen. (Not certain if this will work, but hopefully it will.)
Below is the bedroom/living area. I haven’t perfected the bedroom yet. For one, the tv is below eye level. It’s my fault, I raised the bed so I could add drawers to the base.
Below is the dollhouse view of the condo unit.
Here’s the glass house mode of the bathroom.
And here is the closet which took me hours to make (because I was still learning the software)! I figured that the closet needs to be close to the bathroom. The same way hotels do it. The only setback is it eats up the space of the hallway which is already small.
I recently purchased a condo unit. I can’t wait for it to be completed! It’s a 24 sq m studio type condo. Pretty small, but that’s all I can afford for the meantime. But I am so excited about decorating my condo that I have already laid out what sort of stuff I would like to have in my small space. I wanted to create a place which could be converted into a workspace, but with a small space to work on, I realized that I would need to maximize the floor area and the walls.
My major consideration is storage, and having furnitures and fixtures with dual functions.
The studio is a rectangular shape. Here is a 2D drawing of the left wall when you enter the hallway. Click the image for a full and larger view of of the layout.
And here’s the other wall at the right where you will find the bathroom and kitchen area. Of course, I flipped it over, so you will find the bedroom and living area at the left side, instead of the right side on the first drawing.
I have recently purchase an interior design software. Hopefully, I would be able to create a 3D version of my interior layout soon.
I wanted to create a blog site about interesting stuff I discover in the net. My main objective is really to share it with other people who may be interested in the same things as I do. So while I was pondering about this, I decided to create a character for the blog site—sort of my heroine.
I made a few sketches of how I want my character to look like, and this picture just popped in to my head and I drew it. It’s not really hard to guess how she should look like.
Then I went further, and draw her sitting down tapping on her laptop.
Then I traced my sketches in Adobe Illustrator and rendered it in Adobe Photoshop. I made a few tweaks here in and there, but I’m quite happy with the way my heroine turned out. Here’s my final digital illustration of Geek Girl.
I’ll probably make a few more tweaks as I go on. Probably improve her shoes and the background. But I intentionally left out the eyes and the mouth. I don’t know…but I just think she’s cute that way.