For the past several months, I've been calling a micro studio in downtown Portland home. Living in the heart of this city has been nothing but a dream; my apartment's premier location is exactly what makes it so special. I'll admit decorating a small space can be tricky, but once I had a vision in mind, everything came together quite nicely.
The Arthur, where my micro studio is located, was once a hotel in the early 1900s. Much of the building's historical accents still remain, like exposed brick, an intricate exterior and warm hardwood floors. The inside of the building was renovated to include modern light fixtures, elegant bathrooms, euro beds and plenty of storage space.
To create the illusion of more space in my apartment, I hardly introduced any color with my decor (with the exception of a pale blue throw from West Elm) and furniture. I purchased a white velvet bench and a gray suede chair from Target to compliment the white textured walls. The white pillow on my gray armchair is from the brilliant Nate Berkus collection for Target. I placed a modern glass side table from Urban Outfitters in my favorite corner of my apartment. Pieces like this are perfect for small spaces because they also appear to not take up as much square footage as blockier, traditional furniture. On top of my side table I have a geode candle holder painted black from West Elm, a vase full of fresh flowers I get on a weekly basis from Whole Foods, one of my favorite books and a photostrip I made with Social Print Studio.
When my euro bed is stored away, my desk-slash-dining space is unfolded for me to use. My white bench (which also serves as a great storage option) slides easily under the desk whenever I want more floorspace. I like to keep my desk surface relatively uncluttered, only keeping my Macbook Pro and a few other objects of inspiration by my side.
Opposite to my bed is a kitchenette including a microwave, refrigerator and sink. If I want to cook anything elaborate, I can use the large communal kitchen at The Arthur. Being the caffeine-addict that I am, I have a compact Mr. Coffee espresso machine with various brewing essentials: a travel thermos from Powell's, a stainless steel milk pitcher from Sur La Table, Coava coffee grounds and a marble serving board from Etsy. My two marble serving boards from Etsy are my favorite additions to my kitchenette because they add a chic touch. All of my glassware and dishes are also from Target, a store that's actually great for quality kitchen basics. Near my sink I have two succulents (there were originally three, but oops one of them died) from Christopher David in two miniature West Elm pots. Next to my kitchenette is an enclosed bathroom (not pictured) with a beautiful white-tiled shower.
Probably the most difficult part of decorating this studio was adequately filling the two shelves above my euro bed. Filling the shelves with a lot of smaller objects just makes them look cluttered, and filling the shelves with a couple large items makes them look stuffed. I tried to find a happy medium for the shelves by adding a Kinfolk magazine, a framed butterfly from Boys Fort, a shopping bag from Barneys New York, a black and white print from one of my favorite photoshoots, a geode from Urban Outfitters, a Nate Berkus triangular sculpture from Target, a couple of Instagram prints and, finally, a stack of my current favorite books.
I love the modern, minimalist and vintage vibes that I created in this little living space. I made the most of this micro studio over the past seven months and am happy to call it home for just a bit longer until I move on to a bigger space.