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Oliver Heath

Energising effective environments

Heath Design Ltd is a sustainable architecture and interior design practice focused on improving health and well being in the built environment. We specialise in creating more productive, happier and healthier spaces to live and work in.

How can we help you?

The sustainable built environment ethos has traditionally taken a carbon centred approach focusing on energy and resource reduction and efficiencies. However research demonstrates that this technical approach can improve just 1% of typical business operating costs so may not deliver the greatest benefit.

In reality 90% of typical operating costs are in staff resources, as a result the new frontier in sustainable development takes a “Human Centred” approach.

Focusing on human needs can deliver increases in perceived psychological and physiological well being, improved productivity and creativity with energy reduction through behavioural change.

How we improve spaces

Heath Design’s human centred design incorporates Biophilic Design principles to deliver tangible and financial benefits to the triple bottom line of people, planet and profits.

Biophilic design uses human’s innate attraction to nature and natural processes to improve the many spaces we live and work in. Key aspects include improving natural light, improving views onto nature, incorporating natural materials textures patterns, ventilating spaces and creating restorative spaces.

Through strengthening the human connection with nature we can deliver significant benefits to the health and well being of the many spaces we live and work in with a research led approach and demonstrable results.

What spaces can be improved:

Using Biophilic Design principles our research indicates improvements to:

  • Office design. productivity can be increased by 8%, rates of well-being up by 13%, increases in creativity, with reduced absenteeism and presenteeism
  • Education spaces. increased rates of learning 20-25%, improved test results, concentration levels and attendance, reduced impacts of ADHD.
  • Healthcare spaces. post-operative rates of recovery reduced by 8.5%, reduced pain medication by 22%, improved conditions for patients, staff and visitors alike.
  • Retail. increased numbers of visitors, plus improved sales and an extended duration of visit per customer. Create spaces your customers want to visit and enjoy spending time in.
  • Homes. can become more calming, restorative, invigorating and energy efficient with improved overall health well-being. These benefits create happier healthier spaces benefiting home owners and businesses alike.

What we do

Improve health and well being

Psychological and physiological health well being are essential to optimising productivity, creativity and happiness within the built environment. Our methods focus on creating spaces that take a “whole human” approach ensuring physical, mental, social and emotional needs are optimised.

Increase productivity

Utilising the whole human methodology combined with a biophilic design strategy we measure existing base levels to define a brief. We demonstrate tangible financial benefits through the delivery of a human centred design approach, creating happier healthier spaces to live and work in.

Improve the triple bottom line

We create benefits to the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. An enhanced human focused sustainable approach increases staff health and well-being, moral, productivity and cognitive functioning.

Reduce energy use

More efficient buildings are also more comfortable spaces to live and work in. We combine user education programs and energy efficient technology to create greater energy savings. We reduce gas use through insulation, draught reduction and electrical use through the implementation of energy efficient technologies.

Improve air quality

We improve air quality through technology, natural ventilation systems, the use of toxin free materials and the use of plants. This reduces impacts of Sick Building Syndrome and absenteeism, plus increases concentration levels, and the reduction of toxins in materials.

Reduce water use

Careful specification of products can significantly reduce water usage levels by over one third from the UK average of 250 litres of water/ person / day. We utilise water optimisation appliances, grey water systems and behavioural change programs to create improved efficiencies



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Bachelor of Applied Interior Design

Bachelor of Applied Interior Design (Admission Suspended)

Admission to the Bachelor of Applied Interior Design has been suspended and Mount Royal is no longer accepting new applications. Applications are only available to the Bachelor of Interior Design (BID) degree.

Mission
To provide a supportive and effective learning environment where interior design students explore the design and construction of spatial environments. A holistic framework supports design that considers the safety, health and well-being of the people who interact with and within built environments.

The Bachelor of Applied Interior Design has been designed to provide the skills and experience required in professional practice. Mount Royal University’s respected interior design degree has the distinction of being one of only five CIDA accredited undergraduate programs in Canada. This rigorous certification means that students are ensured of an extremely high quality educational program. In order to become a registered or licensed interior designer in Canada, interior design graduates must be from a CIDA accredited program.

Mount Royal’s Bachelor of Applied Interior Design degree prepares students for this dynamic profession through a combination of theory, studio-based projects and paid work experience through Directed Field Studies.

Awards and Scholarships

The strong bond between Mount Royal and the design community has resulted in industry-supported student awards and scholarships ― 35 scholarships are awarded each year, totaling more than $35,000.

  • Design skills, theory, and process
  • Construction detailing and specification
  • Design communication: drawing, model-making, presentations, (manual and computer generated)
  • Universal design
  • Building systems and codes
  • Business ethics and principles
  • Sustainability
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines

Some graduates have used their Mount Royal University degree to pursue master s programs in interior design, environmental studies, architecture, visual communication and business.



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The All-In-One Condo Design Package

With the abundance of condos on today’s market, we understand it is more crucial than ever to create a design that maximizes the potential of your space, and best reflects your style and personality.

From trendy modern bachelor pads to chic and luxurious suites, we have been featured in media and magazine such as Canadian Interiors and Condominia.

The Condo Quickie™ package offers a turnkey design solution to creating your ideal lifestyle space. Whether you have just purchased a condo, or are in need of a fresh look, we are happy to help!

Click here to see our Portfolio.

With the abundance of condos on today’s market, we understand it is more crucial than ever to create a design that maximizes the potential of your space, and best reflects your style and personality.

From trendy modern bachelor pads to chic and luxurious suites, we have been featured in media and magazine such as Canadian Interiors and Condominia.

The Condo Quickie™ package offers a turnkey design solution to creating your ideal lifestyle space. Whether you have just purchased a condo, or are in need of a fresh look, we are happy to help!

Click here to see our Portfolio.



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I hate my interior designer

  • A friend interviewed prospective interior designers to help her move into her new home.

    “Only one of them said I could bring any of my old furniture with me,” she explained. “The rest said my stuff was all wrong. One was emphatic it would cause a design conflict for her – whatever that is.” My advice to my friend: Dump the brand-name designers who insisted she had to live in a world of their creation with all new furniture.

    It was an amusing anecdote – in a perverse way – because my friend has beautiful antiques, both inherited and bought over 30 years in London and Paris, as well as Toronto. This wasn’t junk she was being asked to jettison, as if she were a hillbilly lottery winner moving from an Ozark trailer to Beverly Hills. I did venture that some of her upholstered pieces, such as sofas and chairs, were large scale and better suited to the high-ceilinged rooms of her former house than where she was moving.

    “Well, of course I wasn’t planning to take those with me,” she said. “I get that!”

    Why do some designers want to start with a clean slate and not bring the owner’s personality, as represented by the furniture they’d kept for decades? A client’s furniture could be ugly, or legitimately the wrong scale to work in a new location, but this means editing, not getting rid of everything. It could be a designer has one style, and trying to meld “their look” with anything foreign to it reveals their lack of ability, or is simply too much trouble. Or they could want a client to spend more money with them, and a client bringing furniture to a job cuts into profits.

    What else upsets clients? When I canvassed friends, “not listening,” was a frequent answer, with many examples of a designer’s lifestyle choices dominating those of his or her clients.

    Then there was lack of disclosure: “She never told me the sun would destroy silk sheers in less than a year. And then she said that was the price you paid to get the look when I questioned her about it.” How about: “I wanted colour, not a lot but some, and he said he didn’t do colour. Didn’t and won’t.”

    There were quite a few complaints about general competence, not knowing the difference between Regency and Georgian periods, or other design basics.

    There were issues with juniors. “I saw him once when he pitched the job, but that was the last time,” said one disgruntled client. “If the juniors were talented it might not have been so bad, but they couldn’t even measure accurately. I’m paying for him!”

    There was a particularly sad group of disaffected clients who hired designers because they needed a friend. The logic was that designers “all do about the same thing, and it’s all equally expensive, so you might as well have fun.” After riotously amusing shopping trips and hours of friendly lunches, the “fun” decorators can produce fabulously banal results.

    Billing practices was the top category of issues. Massive retainers that disappear because of an unfathomable number of consulting hours and shopping time billed against them, for instance. Extras often inflated budgets, some very odd such as hinges on kitchen cabinets that must have been thought non-essential and hence not mentioned in the initial quote.

    I’ve always assumed that being a designer was hell. You confronted idiot clients daily with no taste, who change their minds constantly who weren’t interested in quality, and quibbled over estimates or didn’t pay their bills. I’ve broadened my horizon. Now I think it can be hellish to be a client, and more expensive too.

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    Interior Design

    Simplify

    DesignerLogic

    Cloud Software

    ABOUT

    DesignerLogic Cloud is Project Management software for interior design companies of all sizes. To a designer, it just makes sense: propose/spec get client approval invoice/payment order/track complete.

    DesignerLogic Cloud is charged on a monthly subscription: $29.95/user/month. There is no contract and you can cancel at any time. We do offer a 30 Day Free Trial .

    We have been creating and supporting intuitive software specifically for the interior design industry for over 10 years. Our clients are spread across the globe, with a concentration in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. Let us know what we can do to help you achieve your interior design business dreams.

    ARC OF DESIGN

    DesignerLogic was created by people who ran a business just like yours and is the most intuitive interior design software app available for the industry. Your workflow is perfectly mirrored in DesignerLogic.

    • Multiple Simultaneous Users
    • Your Data is Always Backed UP
    • Work Anywhere with Internet
    • Cross Platform: PC, Mac, iPad

    MOBILIZE

    • Translate Idea to Project
    • Create Installation Schedules
    • Spec Out Items in Detail
    • Organize Projects Visually

    DESIGN

    • Present Gorgeous Proposals to Clients
    • Integrated Sales Tools Help Sell Items
    • Track Client Responses and Comments
    • Easy to Understand Invoicing and Terms

    CLIENT INTERACTION

    • Staff Directed Comments and Tasks
    • Project History Recorded and Easy to Acccess
    • Created By and Dated Logs
    • Calendars for Staff Viewable in Projects

    ACCOUNTABILITY

    • Order and Track Items Within and Across Projects
    • Notifications For Shipping Dates and Locations
    • Mark Items as Placed When Through
    • Flag Items for Immediate Followup

    PROJECT COMPLETION TOOLS

    • Export Proposals, Invoices, and Orders: Import them to Quickbooks
    • No Double Entry with Export/Import Feature
    • Other Accounting Import Options Coming Soon
    • Integrated Reports Always Being Added

    ACCOUNTING ON YOUR TERMS



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    Apartment Interior Design The Best Ideas

    October 22, 2014

    Apartments, in general, are designed smaller than ordinary house as apartments area are limited. The biggest “homework” is how we can deal with the limited space especially for its interior design. Apartment interior design is the important key to create a cozy and comfortable apartment.

    There are some aspects that we must know about apartment interior design. It starts from choosing the proper furniture till furniture placement or arrangement. Those two things will affect the apartment condition and environment.

    Selecting the furniture

    When buying furniture for the apartment especially small apartment we must use general rule, “First thing first”. Buy furniture that really you need first like stove, refrigerator, sofa or other stuffs, so that the area of your apartment is used effectively.

    After arranging the furniture, then we start to design the interior like placing paintings, decorative lamps, or other decorations as long as they will not make the area looks congested. We have to consider the size of the furniture we are going to buy as we must have free space for us to move or doing activities on our apartment.

    Interior Style

    The most suitable style for apartment design is minimalist style. As stated, apartment has a limited area and it means that we must make a simple or minimalist interior design on the area. The point is cozy, comfortable and attractive. A minimalist interior design it doesn’t mean ignoring the artistic and futuristic style.

    In addition, since we are living at the apartment, minimalist interior design also will help us for cleaning the area as well as the furniture. Another thing is by the minimalist design will give extra space and will make the apartment looks spacious.

    Moreover, in case we want to have some ornaments, we have to be careful enough as many ornaments may give trouble for us, besides they will consume more spaces, many ornaments will make us difficult to clean the area too.

    As summary, hereunder are some tips for apartment interior design:

    List down what you need

    Make a list about what you need to be at your living room, dining room, bedroom or other areas. Since we have limited space, a multifunction room is the best solution like combining a living room with our working area at the corner, or combing a dining room with reading nook.
    Use a proper size of furniture accordingly to make the area breathable.

    Interior Colors

    Color is the main key and the best solution for small area. For small apartment, use bright colors. Add another color for an accent and to be more attractive. In addition, placing a big mirror will help us to “expand” the area.

    Space Effectiveness

    Be smart enough to optimize the area. For example, buy multifunction furniture or using a vertical furniture design or we can add storage under the bedroom.



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    You can decorate your home with a sustainable, eco friendly approach, while filling it with your personal style, beauty and quality. A beautiful home should embrace those who live in it and improve your happiness, health and wellbeing.

    There is no one style to sustainable decorating. Not only can you create the traditional upcycled rustic look, or a shabby chic vintage home. but can design interiors with a contemporary appeal, industrial edge, eclectic mix, arts and craft, art deco, minimalist, coastal, country, hamptons, or anything in between!

    The idea is not to create a particular look, but to create one that suits your style, in a way that ensures a lighter footprint on the planet and a healthier home. There are many ways you can make choices that are better for you, your family and the world – healthy planet, healthy people, healthy home.

    At Recycled Interiors, we believe that you should reuse and rearrange the things you already have at home, and build on this with sustainable, locally designed objects and furniture. This includes using vintage, second hand and upcycled pieces in your home. It also includes sustainably designed and sourced new products, which use renewable resources, reduce your carbon footprint, and which are undertaken in an environmentally conscious way.

    It is about making choices that ensure there are fair trade and ethical processes in place around products you use in your home design and decoration. Choosing a new piece of furniture that has been produced in a sustainable way, or from recycled materials, alongside upcycled and vintage pieces, is a growing trend and there are more and more options. Even adding one statement piece that may be upcycled such as a gorgeous workbench as a feature kitchen island for example, in a modern home, can add heaps of character.

    The many aspects of decorating in this way are all slightly different in their meanings, but at the end of the day it is about building, interior design and decoration, which is kind to both the people who live in the home and to the environment. It is about choosing products that take minimal resources and can be reused to make sure we leave the world in a healthy state and create less waste. This approach also connects us more as human beings. Using or upcycling a piece of furniture, art or object that has a history gives us a sense of connectedness that is often lost in this big busy world. It opens up opportunities for us to be creative and take a personal hand in the decorating of our homes.

    Here is a guide to what it all means.

    Sustainable Design

    Sustainable design (also called environmental design, environmentally sustainable design, environmentally conscious design, etc.) is “the philosophy of designing physical objects, the built environment, and services to comply with the principles of social, economic, and ecological sustainability” (Wikipedia). The intention of sustainable design is to make sure there are no negative impacts on the environment by using skillful, sensitive design. This means using renewable resources, impacting on the environment minimally, and connecting people with the natural environment.

    You can make a sustainable home through considering the Architecture and Interior Design. This includes things like working with the position your block faces for passive heating and cooling, thinking about water use and how to capture natural light. Use products and materials that are recycled and used in a unique way or use a product that has no waste at all. Be mindful and take a “slow decorating” approach so you can make the best choices.

    Eco friendly

    By understanding the true meaning of eco-friendly, you can implement the practices that will lead to healthier living for the planet and its inhabitants, big and small.

    Eco-friendly literally means earth-friendly or not harmful to the environment (dictionary.com). This usually means products that contribute to green living or practices that help conserve resources like water and energy. Eco-friendly products also lessen contributions to air, water and land pollution.

    Renewable Resource

    A renewable resource is any natural resource (such as wood or solar energy) that can be replenished naturally with the passage of time. (WordNet Search). So it can be used, but it can be replaced over time. This is particularly so for things like timbers. For example, timbers such as pine and Australian hardwood are replanted in monitored forests, whereas timber from rainforests is not replanted and lost forever.

    Carbon Footprint

    This is a complex one but basically means the amount of carbon dioxide or other carbon compounds emitted into the atmosphere by the activities of an individual, company, country, etc (Dictionary.com) Your carbon footprint relates to how much ‘energy’ is needed to produce something you use. One way to reduce this is by buying locally where you can or at least buying products which are sourced locally where possible. All these items can be looked at individually to see if they are sourced or made locally. The closer you are to the manufacturer of all the processes involved in making an item such as a piece of furniture, the less time and energy is spent on fuel meaning less impact on the environment.

    Vintage

    Vintage is pretty easy! By choosing pieces from Op Shops, Second Hand stores and other places where you can select items that already exist and can be given new life in your home, you are reducing your impact on the world and often saving some cash! You often find better quality items made in the past and pieces with character and history.Going on a treasure hunt at a local fair, garage sale or Op Shop can be exciting and fun!

    Upcycled

    Upcycling is taking an item that is no longer needed or wanted and giving it new life as something that is either useful or creative. This seemingly basic concept has sparked an exciting revolution with this generation. (http://www.upcyclemagazine.com/). There are many fantastic ideas and communities involved in the upcycling movement in particular upcycling things like doors,windows and pallets but there is no limit to what can be upcycled!

    Steps to take

    Research before you buy, there is a lot out there you can find with a bit of googling!

    • Buy local and sustainable, when possible.
    • Consider buying Fair Trade.
    • Consider the source when you make a purchase.
    • Consider buying “Pre-Owned” goods.
    • Consider the packaging of the item.
    • Consider the eventual disposal or reuse of the item.

    Always be thinking about where something has come from, how it has been made and what you will do with it when you no longer want or need it. Follow the 5 R’s of sustainable living – Refuse (anything you do not really need, packaging, single use plastics), reduce (your reliance on things, reduce what waste you create), reuse (pretty simple!), recycle (also simple :)) and rot (compost your food and garden waste) are the steps to live a more sustainable life.

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    Thank you for your interest in Sustainable Home. We are a full service interior design firm, working primarily with residential projects. Our ultimate goal is to create a beautiful, well-designed space that reflects the personality of the owner. We enjoy an eclectic mix of styles, from traditional to modern, and are passionate about helping clients realize their vision for their home.

    We can help you re-imagine the space in your home, moving walls or rearranging furniture to create a more functional interior. Comfort and utility are key as we design kitchen or bath cabinets, and select tile, rugs, fabric and furnishings.

    We also work with every project to minimize negative effect on the environment. We have a strong background in healthy materials, and finishes and furnishings that make efficient use of resources. We are constantly researching the best sources for new green products and for refurbishing vintage, or reclaimed materials. There is a green solution to every design problem, and a product or material is not truly beautiful if it compromises your health or the planet. In addition to our interior design services, we offer green materials consulting, and lecture on the sustainability issues as they relate to interior design.

    Please look around and enjoy our site. Sustainable Home is available for design projects in the San Francisco Peninsula area.



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    Studio apartment interior design ideas are usually set in limited place. Even though it is just small, it has living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. Unfortunately for student or worker because most studio apartment style not equipped with area to use as study room or personal office. But you can make it, we will show you the how to do that. Some people may consider that living in studio apartment is not comfortable but it s not entirely true if the apartment has brilliant design, those may change that perception. There is a studio apartment design which lies in 45 square feet and make everyone like living in box. Can it be a comfortable apartment? You need to think what the best answer is. By being creative in finding studio apartment interior design ideas, the problem will be solved.

    As stated above that there are two main problems that should be overcome. First problem is about the small area where the studio apartment interior design ideas will be applied. The second problem is the shape of the place. It is like a rectangular box. Okay, let s discuss about design that you need to remodeling the box into heaven apartment.

    Create more room with divider

    This is a solution for students or workers who want a special room to concentrate in studio apartment. Divide the room is the best choice. A lot of media that can be used as a useful divider, one of them is a standing rack like design on top. Standing rack is used as a divider between the bedroom and work space while keep maintaining the standing rack function as a book storage. Not only for bedroom but also living room and kitchen can also be divided to make other rooms.

    More hanging and standing furniture

    When you decorate small studio apartment, the wall is your friend you should use as possible. You can install TV, fan, sound unit on the wall in front of the sofa. Or you can make All in One Rack by Ezequil Vales. He provide brilliant idea about a super multifunctional rack for small studio apartment as seen in the picture. You have small office, piano table, filing cabinet, book case in useful single rack.

    Sleeping Place Based

    For sleeping place, you can make a comfortable bed lied on top of seven stairs that are able to be your drawers. Putting a mattress or a cozy bed on the top of those stairs is what you have to do to save a lot of space. This design made JPDA Architects to the answer needs of a bed in a studio apartment.
    Now you need to buy furniture with higher legs, especially the table. The under table can be used to store lightweight items such as magazines, photo gallery or book. Besides the room will look more alive. Use a combination of two different colors for the furniture and walls. Bright colors on the walls such as white will make the room look wider. Then mix with a darker color to give an elegant impression on furniture or accents.

    Mirror to spread the light

    Most studio apartments interior only have one big window at the front and sometimes behind the bulkhead less get maximum exposure. Therefore, the mirror is ideal for spreading the light to each side of the room. Or you can install small hanging lamps on important places that hard to reach the light from outside.

    Create an interesting focal point

    Create a focal point in the room is good ideas to make the box more interesting to live. Focal point should not be in the middle. You can build it in most convenient area in the apartment or according taste. Areas around windows are one of the best side to make a focus spot. The balcony also great options to make the spot with small couch and single table. You can sit back on the couch while enjoying the scenery outside the apartment.



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    21 Inspiring Small Space Decorating Ideas for Studio Apartments

    We tend to think of our dream home as a huge house with space for everything we’ve pinned to our “Home” boards on Pinterest. But if you’re in a studio apartment and aren’t sure when that space will grow into something bigger, there’s no reason to wait to create your dream home. Just because you only have one room doesn’t mean your decor can’t fulfill all of your hopes and dreams. Check out these 21 beautiful studio apartments with major style that prove you can have it all in a small space .

    1. Brick and Glam. Don’t think of your living room as tiny — it’s cozy. Nesting tables are the perfect way to bring out extra side tables when you’re entertaining and need more space to set glasses and treats. (via The Learner Observer )

    2. Nordic Chic. Don’t let the TV dictate the room arrangement. In this space, watching TV with more than one person would mean rearranging a bit, but maybe that’s not a bad thing. Our design choices reflect what’s important, and this room seems to prize conversation over television. And we love that. (via Alvhem )

    3. Classy Gray. A uniform color palette keeps a small space from feeling too busy. A palette of gray is consistent and soothing, while the shag rug and wood trim add textural interest without competing with the color scheme. (via Domaine Home )

    4. Open Spaces. When you’re decorating a studio, try to keep accessories to a minimum for a relaxing feel. We love all the house plants in this light and bright apartment. (via Alvhem )

    5. Scandinavian Glass. The unusual glass partition in this studio takes away some of the privacy but also creates a very airy and open feel. Large mirrors help emphasize the openness and spaciousness of the room, making it feel more connected. (via Homedit )

    6. Creative Touches. White with just the right amount of blue, this living room is positively dreamy. We are digging the creative coffee table using magazines as the base. (via Casa Diez )

    7. European Style. You don’t always have to start with a sofa. A daybed can allow for a lot more flexibility, decorating-wise. Or if a sofa (even a small one) just isn’t working in your space, try two chairs instead. (via Alvhem )

    8. Cube Room. Living in a completely open space does not mean you have to give up on privacy. We’re not sure if you could DIY this, but we love that it’s mounted on wheels and can easily be moved around. (via Enpundit )

    9. Pattern Play. Bold and beautiful, this tiny studio didn’t shy away from color and pattern, and we love it. If you have a weird layout or only one window, bring interest and color into the space with wallpaper or a painted accent wall. (via Domino )

    10. Float ‘Em. One great way to store things without cluttering your space is on the walls! Use floating wall shelves to keep all your items in place while adding some character and color to your walls. (via StyleCaster )

    11. Divide It Up. We think we might prefer this curtain wall to a “normal” wall. A flowy white curtain permits a flood of natural light while maintaining a chic aesthetic. (via Domino )

    12. Light It Up. An elegant iron chandelier brings immediate presence to the all-white space that would otherwise visually disappear in this charmingly eclectic and colorful living room. (via Homedit )

    13. Make Your Own Wall. Get creative with your space and DIY your own walls with bookshelves for extra storage. (via Domino )

    14. Velvet Glam. Even a small space can rock a lot of personality. If you don’t have tons of wall space (or you just have a lot of awesome art), get creative with your art display. We like the idea of propping art up against the window like a casual art gallery. (via Houzz )

    15. Color Pop. We all know white walls make a space feel bigger, but that doesn’t mean you should say no to color. Skip the wall paint and designate the most vibrant shade to the room’s focal point (such as the couch or bed ) with a subtle flow of hues throughout the rest of the space. (via Domino )

    16. Bright Whites. Sleek and modern, most of the furniture in this bright studio is white, maintaining a uniform look and creating the illusion of more space than there actually is. (via Domaine )

    17. Statement Furniture. Statement furniture, lighting and artwork are what truly make this space shine. Don’t settle for anything but must-have pieces, and then echo the tones in a favorite painting or rug throughout your space to create cohesiveness. (via Apartment Therapy )

    18. Switch It Up. An open plan full of double-duty furniture enables this long space to be used for a variety of purposes. The dining room table doubles as a kitchen island when there is lots of cooking to be done and extra ottomans can be pulled up when more seating is required. (via Nuevo Estilo )

    19. Daybed Style. A thoughtful plan and smart furniture choices make this studio feel like a fully custom space. Freestanding shelves look like built-ins and sconces hung on the bookcase’s sides provide reading light at night for a truly multi-purpose room. (via Domino )

    20. Pastel Charm. This feminine studio is the perfect example of double-duty furniture. A pair of upholstered ottomans act as a coffee table, but also function as additional seating, and a tall bookcase emphasizes the room’s height while also offering plenty of storage space. (via House Beautiful )

    21. All White. We love all things colorful, but we can still appreciate this monochromatic color scheme and the simple styling. All-white interiors have a calm and serene feeling, and the flowers help enforce the zen atmosphere. (via The Everygirl )

    How do you make your studio apartment work? Talk to us in the comments below!