In Bellevue, Washington, Barbara Hyde Evans of Hyde Evans Design confronted a notoriously difficult space: a studio apartment. Here, Hyde Evans explains how she created chic, designated spaces within the one-room condo, ultimately crafting a home that looks creative, not cramped.
The studio was made up of one good-sized room and a bath. That’s it! The client wanted it to function like a home, with spaces for dining, living, sleeping, reading, working, cooking, and watching media. And she had a big art collection, so she wanted a gallery as well.
We came up with the idea to do a large, two-sided screen right down the middle, with both sides accessible to the wall kitchen. One side would function as a space for living, dining, media, and entertaining, while the other was designed for sleeping and also functions as a library and office. I love that the client wanted to use pink in the apartment, too. You don’t get an opportunity like that very often.
Most of the furnishings had to serve dual purposes; i.e., the coffee table also served as a dining table; the bedside table, as a desk; ottomans, as seating; and the sofa worked as banquet seating as well as for watching TV. We used both ends of the main room as gallery walls, and there was also a hallway from the entry to the main space covered in art.
Because we had such limited space to fit in all the functionality that the client required, we used space right in front of a window to store books and a collection of travel mementos. We designed a floor-to-ceiling etagere, made from pipes that we painted white, and the etagere still let plenty of light through. That was a far more challenging endeavor than we expected. It took unexpected hours, but it came out beautifully.
Challenges can push your creativity to the max. We make an effort to make a creative challenge not look like a challenge at all, in the end. That’s the hard part; to make the outcome look like it just flowed, instead of being forced.
Credits: Hyde Evans Design reupholstered the client's existing sofa with fabric from Pindler. Originally from Patricia Larson Upholstery & Custom Furniture, the screen was covered with bright patterned fabric from Kravet/Lee Jofa. The ottomans were purchased from Patricia Larson Upholstery & Custom Furniture and covered them with fabric from Schumacher, while the bed frame was sourced from Pat Howe Furniture.
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