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A 400-Square-Foot Home Gets a Glamorous Makeover

Decorating a tiny city dwelling is not easily done, but One Kings Lane's head stylist proves you don't have to sacrifice style or function!

Let's face it: decorating a tiny space can be tough. When a young New Yorker was at a loss for ideas for her first apartment, our head stylist Andrew Stewart stepped up to the challenge. He transformed the studio apartment into a functional and fabulous space, which has been featured in House Beautiful magazine!

Small-Space Tip Number One: Define the Entry

"In a one-room apartment, use a bold wallpaper in the entry area," says Andrew. "It will help define it as a space separate from the living and sleeping areas. It also has a totally unexpected wow factor when you walk in."

Small-Space Tip Number Two: Hang Up Style

"For any small space, a coatrack can be a versatile place to hang everyday items like a bag but also use to permanently store some coats," Andrew explains. "I chose a clean, modern style in brass."

Small-Space Tip Number Three: Add Statement Pieces

"Choose pieces that make a statement, even in a small space," encourages Andrew. "The Lucite chairs were perfect here. They don't take up much space, and you can squirrel a basket under them if you need to."

Small-Space Tip Number Four: Balance Storage and Display

"A bookshelf can work in two important ways in a compact apartment: first, as a storage unit, using baskets and boxes, and second, as a display area. Keep the balance two to one, storage to display," Andrew advises.

Small-Space Tip Number Five: Use Art to Distract

"Since the bookshelf functions as a catchall space for storage and display, adding art and objects will make it feel like less of a closet and more like a living room piece," says Andrew.

Small-Space Tip Number Six: Get Sneaky With Pretty Storage

"With a small space, don't be afraid to let your bedroom storage spill over into your living area," Andrew says. "I tucked baskets at the bottom of the bookcase so that they're just out of sight. No one will ever know they have Winter sweaters in them."

Small-Space Tip Number Seven: Divide Spaces With Furniture

"Use furniture, like this settee at the foot of the bed, to more clearly divide areas in small spaces," says Andrew. "That way it doesn't feel like one floating room. We layered some texture on the sofa for a richer, fuller look."

Small-Space Tip Number Eight: Free Up Surfaces

"Think beyond surface space," says Andrew of compact apartment living. "Sconces can easily replace bedside lamps, as the pair did here. Things get cluttered really quickly in a small space, so maximize vertical areas wherever you can."

Small-Space Tip Number Nine: Maximize Forgotten Spaces

"For a tiny bedroom, underbed storage equates to extra closet space," Andrew says. "Use pullout bins to stow away not-in-use Winter clothes and blankets. They can stay out of sight under the bed, but they're still easy to access."

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