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Studio Apartment With No Closet Gets A Major Makeover | Studio Fix S1 E3

Feb 27, 2020
hey guys welcome back to my channel, i'm Alexandra and today is a very exciting episode of Studio fix. I'm remodeling the

studio

apartment

of Carla, one of my best friends, and she's also my videographer, so she won't be filming this episode. she's actually on vacation so i took over her space for two days this weekend and today is finally the day she comes back from vacation and i got to reveal the space to her. I'm so excited I want to say a big hello. to mix tiles for sponsoring this video. I have worked with them before and love their easy to rent Gallery wall frames.
studio apartment with no closet gets a major makeover studio fix s1 e3
They are honestly one of my favorite decorating products. They are very easy to use and you do not need nails to hang. this gallery wall so stick around to see how I've used them in Carla's space but for now let's get started Carla has an interesting

studio

it's like a Loft studio so it has a very narrow staircase going up to its type. It's like a half top floor and this is where your bed is, but the ground floor is very traditional studio

apartment

layout, it's very small, it has an entrance that is also the kitchen, which is also the living room, and then it has a small bathroom off to the side so we don't have to create space for a bed down here but we still have a little space to work in which is going to be a challenge early on.
studio apartment with no closet gets a major makeover studio fix s1 e3

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If you have a studio apartment, I suggest that before you start planning, do a have and the things you want in a studio you need to prioritize, you're not always going to be able to fit everything in a small space, so I asked Carla what they were. his priorities and two really big ones were he needed a space to work right now he has this dining table in the kitchen but realistically his monitors are there his laptop he has tons of cables under the computer and she also wanted a cozy place to relax like i said she's working a lot so she wanted a place to come back lax she's an avid record collector and music lover so she really wanted a place to kick back, hang out, watch tv, listening to his music, he hasn't had a couch in a long time because he's lived in very small spaces before this one, so a couch was also on his list, so it's the first day of prep and the first thing i'm doing is just getting some things out of the living room starting with a blank slate guys the Furniture item has arrived a sofa and chair as well as you guys.
studio apartment with no closet gets a major makeover studio fix s1 e3
I just saw the furniture that just arrived, it's so beautiful, so Carla, this sofa is the perfect size. i'm in my position and i do this like all the time things change designs change my original vision was that the sofa was going to be against the wallets against now the back wall i always knew it was going to block the door a bit um but seeing everything in the space. I wonder if the front of the kitchen actually works as the back of the kitchen, so I'll try a few different layouts and see what works best.
studio apartment with no closet gets a major makeover studio fix s1 e3
I like this layout, you still have room to walk to the bathroom, right? I don't feel too cramped I'm going to think about it I'll see what else I come up with next I'm painting an accent wall so I love using paint to add a bit of color It's such a fun way in a small space to add a bit of style and Set the tone for the rest of your apartment's style. This is an industrial inspired apartment. Carla loves dark colors. cozy, so this color is an amazing choice. Benjamin Moore calls it graphite. I will link it below.
It's dark, it's almost black, but it has a bluish-gray tint to it that makes it feel a little lighter. which as a very deep black I also went for a matte finish What I really love about the matte finish though is that it's not really easy to clean so I wouldn't recommend this for a high traffic area but just a small wall decorative in a house where only one person lives in the matte finish was definitely a great choice look at that wall oh so good so it's day two this is reveal day last night we ended up hanging some accessories on the wall um just to get ahead of ourselves for reveal day we have the furniture in place the wall is painted im so happy with it now its time to put the rest of the furniture in and design this space can we take a minute to appreciate how amazing it looks go against this black wall, it is so welcoming, so changing and to complete this little corner.
I'm hanging a wall sconce over the chair. This is such a cozy place to read and like to curl up with a book. I'm very happy to partner with mixed tiles in this video. eo because they make creating a gallery wall super super simple the first thing you do is download the app on your smartphone you can also go to mixtiles.com but I love using my phone because it's so easy so you want choose your frame color and your preferred mat option you order and then they are shipped to your door the amazing thing about mixed tiles is that they come with an adhesive backing so you just peel off the strip and then literally, sticks them to the wall.
I have used them before and can honestly say they stay sticky for a long time. This is very useful for two reasons: you just stick them in and then lift them up if you're not happy with the placement. In this case, I changed the ordering a couple of times I wanted to change the arrangement of them so it was really helpful to have that sticky back, it just made the whole process super smooth and really gave me a chance to play with the layout. Another pro to have a sticky back. k so they are super tenant friendly so when you take them off the wall they don't take the paint off and you can lift them up when you move into your next apartment if you want to get these mixed tiles in your own home I have a link below on the one you can click to get 10 off your order.
This code is first come, first serve and is good for the first 100 clients, so use it if you want mixed tiles in your space. I'm so obsessed with how this gallery wall turned out and I love that you walk up the stairs filling in this blank space. Next, I'll hang Carla's little TV under the stairs if you have a TV and live in a den. apartment I highly recommend mounting it to the wall, this is a great option because you are freeing up space on a console table or media unit and you are using the wall space under the TV.
I'm setting Carla up for a little record Nook I'm using this metal cabinet it's a very industrial feel and it fits nicely under the stairs and I'm putting her record player on top now the reason I chose this cabinet is because Carla is in desperate need of some clothing storage in this space specifically for all your camera gear, so I'm just putting a box and basket full of hard drives, lenses, cameras, but that's also a great surface area for your turntable. I'm putting her speakers next to this and all of a sudden it's just this nice little recording corner.
You can watch TV when she is sitting on her couch listening to music. He feels so comfortable here already on the sofa. There's a very unfortunate location for this fuse box, so I wanted to cover it up, and Carla had this old mirror that used to belong to her grandmother's, so I'm going to put it on top of the couch. I love how it reflects the light coming through this door and makes the space feel a little bigger than it actually is ok now I'm going to put up a rug. I did it completely backwards it was a bit difficult I really should have identified the rug first but I did it anyway this rug is very textured it has like little tufts it's yellow black and white it blends in with the sofa and the accent wall, and it's like a great finishing touch to bring this space together.
To finish off this living room, I'm hanging a framed art print. I just printed this image from Etsy. a framed piece of art over the chair now that this living room is almost complete i move to this side of the room now as you can see carla had her dining table in the kitchen but it was not used as a dining table and like i said at the beginning i really feel like sometimes in a studio you can't have it all but you can compromise she has a monitor because she's a video editor so i needed to find a solution that would work for her. in her daily life I'm hacking Carla already had a very old Ikea table and was using it as a desk, but she was also in a strange position in her kitchen and the problem with this is that there is a problem.
I asked a contractor if she could. move it it was absolutely not we have to build around it so of course i called it a good friend danny burgs his name is danny berger i just call it dannyberg's so danny took all the legs off it and now he's adding buckskin legs tube, oh so cool Danny is a genius and we are actually going to hang him over the radiator. You shouldn't have stuff right on top of the radiator, but I had someone come in and look at this and make sure it was safe before we installed it and we're not. placing the wood right on top of the radiator we put it a few inches above it there is a brace at the back just a piece of wood and the table is supported on that brace so there is a huge amount of space between the radiator and the desk to make sure the air is flowing.
I want to know in the comments. what kind of tricks or compromises they have done in their studio apartments and I think other people will find them useful in the comments below. Carla was also working on these not-so-comfortable wooden chairs, so I got her a beautiful desk chair. Under 200 is so comfortable I'll link to it in the comments below so I was very happy with this find and I think it will be a great chair for her to use every day. The next problem I had to solve was a place for all of Carla's novels and knick-knacks that she has collected over the years, so I thought our open shelf would be a great solution, so what I did was find these beautiful pipe brackets again these are from amazon if you can believe it they add that industrial feel they come together with the pipe legs of the desk and i am just putting on a piece of barn board i got from the hardware store.
This is faux barn wood, which means it doesn't actually come from an actual barn, but it does cost seven llars to make from my local hardware store, which is amazing on top of that. I'm rooting for his novels, some of his old cameras, a plant, all those knick-knacks he has kicking around and I feel like an open shelf is a great way to display all the things you love while also creating functional storage. Speaking of storage, I need find a solution for all of Carla's records. I actually had this amazing box system that I wasn't sure if I was going to use, but I ended up using it because they fit so well. next to her desk, I think she built them herself, sorry Carla, but they're a little weird, but they get the job done and I felt like they tied back into this industrial feel.
I'm putting one behind the accent chair which is really, really cute. I also knew that I wanted to do a display of her records so what I did was I just hung a picture shelf on this black accent wall and this is where Carla can put her favorite records, maybe the records she just bought or the record she is listening to I also think this is such a nice piece of art for her on her wall. I did a lot of research. There are some record shelves you can mount to the wall, but let me know in the comments below which is your favorite way to display records is I'd love to know after you've found a place for your records and your novels and all your knick-knacks. .
I went up to her often and said oh my gosh she has so many coffee table books where am I going to put these sometimes she just has to find alternative storage solutions in a den they all ended up fitting so nicely under this cabinet that you can see all the coffee table books you have and they are also decorative and just complete this Nook talking about coffee table books I'm just bringing this little coffee table to put it right in front of the sofa it's small enough to Carla being able to move this around isn't too much in the way and she can still maneuver in this space and get to the bathroom super easily next up is you me to tackle this entryway so I've used this cabinet in my own space and it's my favorite product for small inputs as a quick trick.
I'm just changing the knobs on these to tie them in with the rest of this space these are nice little leather knobs this cabinet is from Ikea. I linked it below. Not only does it hold so many pairs of shoes, but it's also great for storing accessories like winter accessories if you're like Carla and have like a million hats. Side note Carl. Why do you have like 500 Tukes? I'll never understand but it doesn't take up tons of space um you mount it on the wall so it's safe and it only holds so many shoes so many winter accessories andthen things are not as they were. outdoors finally I'm placing her black stool here I'm propping a plant on top of it and then I'm hanging a couple of hats she had so hanging them on the wall they act as art and also storage ok guys that it was all.
It was an epic

makeover

and I can't wait for you guys to see the before and after but let's bring in Carla first I'm so nervous I have no idea how she's going to react but we're bringing her in probably the tanned version of Carla because she was in Jamaica for a week ok let's bring her back before you open your eyes yeah i just want to be a little basic and cheesy ok oh here we go let's just say I'm so thankful for you you've been with me from the start and I was so, so so happy to be able to do this oh my god i'm so excited ok on the count of three you're gonna open my eyes ok i know the drill is ok uh huh two oh there's so much to look at that i can't even it's so beautiful the carpet this is wicked oh well it's so me it's so me you know when you go to other people's apartments you're like oh my gosh that's so I'm that person now this is one of your best but you you say so we say it we say that every time I don't want to go out of fear like i just want to stay here always thats the goal yes thats the goal great very good good job you are the best i am so lucky thank you so much for watching this video and thanks to mix tiles for sponsoring this video as a reminder if you want get mixed towels in your own space my code for 10 off is below.
I'm so glad you guys like the Studio Fix series it's really fun

makeover

s to do and thanks guys as always for watching and I'll see you next Friday with a new video see you next time

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