How to Create a Colorful & Stylish Studio Apartment

With my move to San Francisco only two weeks away I'm thinking more and more about studio apartments. I've forgotten how exciting it can be to live in a big city...the bustle..the food!...all of the things to do and see. But they do offer less space. But that does not mean that that space can't be absolutely fabulous and inspiring. 

So to get my juices flowing about my new smaller space I'm putting together a series of colorful and stylish studio apartment designs. These designs and in this one particular will show how you can make distinct spaces even in a small space but at the same time make them look spacious by including furniture and artwork that ties the room together.

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My Raw Story Featured on Women for One

I recently discovered a wonderful supportive global community called Women for One. They support women to get their voices out there. They do this through a combination of courses, books, and workshops...and of course a facebook group for its story tellers.....

Which brings me to the reason for this post. Women for One celebrates stories....in particular the stories of women...and how our stories have the ability to empower other women.

In this spirit I submitted my own story. I went all in. It's not the whole story, but it's a very raw summary. I put it out there...partly to clear my soul of guilt and obligation I'd been holding onto and partly because I want to inspire women and men who are on the verge of making dramatic decisions in their lives. I want them to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You can make real change in your life. 

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How your Home Decor can Help or Hurt You

If you're someone who wants to live a more fulfilled and inspired life then you know the importance of changing your life and especially your mindset. You know that magical things happen when you happen when your mindset shifts and you get into a state of flow. Your whole body feels different and opportunities just kind of appear. It's amazing!

There's a whole revolution happening right now with countless podcasts, courses, and blogs about how to get into a state of flow and really utilize the law of attraction to your advantage through changing our mindset. But few people are talking about how making subtle changes to your home and office environment can make a big impact.

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How to Create a Simple Stylish Modern Bedroom

I love color, but sometimes you just crave a more simplistic room with darker shaded. So this stylish modern bedroom is a testament to that mood. It's also a more masculine room design than I usually put out there....but still with the softness of my feminine propensities...making it a great room for a married couple.

If you like neutral tones with richer darker shades of color in your bedroom then this might be a great room design for you.

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How to Create a Stylish Blue & Grey Studio Apartment

I'm getting ready to move to San Francisco and for my first year I'll most likely have a studio apartment. It's gotten me thinking. After all not every studio apartment is like Supergirl's! That space is insane! My future space and your space if you have a studio apartment is more likely a bit smaller.

When I lived New York City I had a couple of friends with studio apartments and for them the challenge was always how can I make my living space and my sleep space feel more separate and yet cohesive at the same time. 

As I started brainstorming about my own future living situation I just knew I was going to have to design some rooms around this concept. Because I know that there's a lot of you out there with studio apartments that need some inspiration.

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How to Create a Modern Rustic Blue Bedroom for a Loft Apartment

Sometimes I like to imagine that my bedroom is in an old castle in Europe. Oh stop laughing at me. I know you do it too:) 

I've been fortunate enough to have stayed in several..all of them beautiful hotel conversions. My favorites was this gorgeous stone castle in Northern Italy. I was visiting a friend in Switzerland and we drove down for to Italy for a few days. The room was amazing. It had almost 20 foot ceilings and massive windows that you could literally sit in. I really thought that I was in a dream. 

But the funny thing was though that I remember thinking that the space needed larger more rustic looking furniture. I often think this as well when I'm in gorgeous high ceilinged loft apartments. So for those out there with large loft spaces or simply large bedrooms this modern rustic blue bedroom is for you.

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How to Create a Sleek Stylish Living Room With Bright Artwork

Is your dream living room sleek with strong beige accents and bold color accents? I know a lot of people who love love love gold and beiges and I designed this stylish living room for them. 

While designing it I realized how much gold really glams up a room....and almost has a 1950s Hollywood feel to it. Whenever I watch those old black and white movies from that time I wonder how much of the sleek gold set designs had bright accents. So I started to think of this room as the 1950s Hollywood living room of my imagination. 

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How to Create a Coastal-inspired Feminine Home Office

Do you love the ocean like I do? Do you find it incredibly inspiring and moving? Then it only makes sense that you would bring that feeling of inspiration and movement to the walls of your business. The subconscious is a powerful tool that you can use to your advantage....and you can do this by decorating your home office in a way that makes you feel amazing! 

To celebrate this, I designed the below office in modern sleek style that celebrates these feelings. Being a female entrepreneur myself I want to support my fellow ladies to be the most successful fulfilled and bold versions of themselves...because I truly believe that an undercurrent movement is happening....women becoming economic powerhouses. My job is to make sure your surroundings support your mindset.

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How to Create a Modern Organic Dining Room with Colorful Artwork

I absolutely love the modern organic look. It's not really a popular term, but one that I'm hoping to make popular. It means decor that reflects a flowing organic style while staying modern and sleek. In this modern organic dining room design, I've integrated organic flowing sculpture, artwork, and dinnerware with sleek modern furniture. The result is a room that feels natural and casual even though the furnishings are quite elegant.

I made sure that this modern organic dining room also contained colorful accents. I wanted it to feel vibrant and inspire dinner guests to make positive lively conversation...and to feel like the evening is flowing smoothly. Because when you feel uninspired at a dinner party the evening can go quite slow...I know I've definitely been at some of those parties...so I want to help people set the mood of their dining room for positive outcomes.

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How to Create a Stylish Colorful Modern Bedroom

I love bold pops of pastel color in a bedroom...it makes me feel alive when I get up in the morning...and on those mornings when I don't want to get out of bed...it helps me switch my state to a more positive one so that I can have a fulfilling day.

But don't worry I haven't designed this room to be a whirlwind of color....it is carefully balanced with neutrals and textures so it still keeps that calm grounded feeling that I think is so important to have in a bedroom. After all the bedroom is where we should feel the most comfortable. It should be your sanctuary...and a room in which you love everything about it. 

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How to Create a Stylish & Feminine Modern Home Office

I believe in the law of attraction. If you don't know what it is...the law is based on the natural law that like attracts like...so if you have are feeling positive feelings you will attract more positive things into your life. I know it's been true in my life....so I design my rooms with this law at the forefront of my mind. 

I want my clients to succeed in their business and I believe that helping them have beautiful inspiring spaces to work in provides them with a positive anchor to do this. I know that people tend to think of decor as something that doesn't really matter especially when it comes to business but it really does. What we surround ourselves with is important. If our surroundings are positive and inspiring it sets up our subconscious to be in a positive state....and when we're in a positive state we come up with kickass ideas that make the world a better place.

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How to Create a Modern Organic Living Room with Colorful Artwork

Having lived in the mountains for the past 5 years I've really grown to appreciate nature and have even incorporated its organic influence into my artwork. In the below modern living room design I've kept the modern sleek and colorful aesthetic that I love so much, but interweaved it with some really awesome organic elements. 

I've also given it a modern coastal vibe....which I'll be honest is one of my favorite looks. When I walk into a room I love being subtly reminded of the beach, but not feeling like someone is trying to bring the beach into my living room. So when I designed this modern organic living room I incorporated a lot of sleek colorful modern furniture and soft clean looking fabrics.

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How to Create a Stylish Feminine Home Office with Modern Artwork

Home offices are important places. They are where we plan our business strategy, conduct conference calls and interviews, and where we buckle down and crack out work. So it's important to design them intentionally so that they inspire us...so that they serve as a gorgeous and professional backdrop on our calls, and that they make us feel comfortable. 

As I've said before what we look at everyday has a tremendous effect on our subconscious mind...so why not make the place where we make money as inspiring and well-suited to our business needed as possible. It does make a big difference. I promise you.

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How to Create a Funky Colorful Modern Dining Room

If you like to entertain then you need a modern dining room that is inviting, fun, and a reflects your personality. I know when I have people over it's almost always a casual affair. I want people to feel comfortable in my home. I don't actually even have a dining room (it's currently a play area for my dog) at the moment....But in my next home I want a colorful dining room that looks very similar to the one below....something that's funky and approachable....and that makes me want to have a dinner party.

If you're in the same boat. If your dining room is currently underused simply because you don't like it or it's not an inviting space, then I invite you to rethink your space. What if your dining room was an area of your home that you absolutely loved? What if you wanted to invite people over just to hang out in the space? I don't know about you but that's the kind of modern colorful dining room I want!

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How to Create a Beautiful Yellow Loft Inspired Living Room

If you've read my blog before you know that I absolutely love lofts. Their large spaces and architectural quirks allow for so many interesting room design possibilities!

I love their original wood floors, high ceilings and large windows....the only thing I don't like about them is how terribly brown they usually are. That's why I've designed this loft-inspired yellow modern living room. I want to not only bring color to normal living room all across the world, but I want to make loft apartment living rooms come alive with color...and serve as an inspirational focus for the people that live in them.

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How to Create a Stylish Living Room with Colorful Artwork

My favorite living room designs are simple and stylish...but with a special dash of color and delight! That's why I had so much fun designing this modern living room....and I have to admit that if I was going to redecorate my living room it would look a whole lot like this one. 

If you've read any of my other blog posts you'll know that I'm a big fan of colorful bold artwork in living rooms. I like to feel inspired when I'm sitting on my couch relaxing....it's actually where I come up with some of my best ideas....(that and the tub)....and the truth is that the more that I fill my living room with stylish and colorful artwork the more inspired I feel....and this feeling follows me throughout my day.....and leads to more great ideas. It's a lovely cycle....one that I wish to share with lots of people...including you!

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How to Create a Luxurious Spa-like Bathroom

My favorite part of the day is when the day is winding down and I get to go take a bath. No showers please....I like to relax. Don't you? Baths are luxurious and I treat each time I take one as if I'm at my very own personal spa. 

That's why designing this modern luxurious spa-like bathroom was so much fun for me. Not only did I delight in picking out the tub, the fixtures and some very lively artwork, but I took extra care selecting bathing products that will make your own bathroom feel like a spa! If you can only make a few changes in your bathroom at the moment, I recommend some new lively towels, a new bathmat and some of the bath products I've recommended. I just did that myself and it made a world of difference.

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How to Create a Bold Living Room Loft with Oversized Artwork

The thing that I like most about loft apartment living rooms is how much potential they have. They're these large spaces with fabulous architectural accents and large windows....and sometimes when I'm in an empty loft living room I forget that the space even needs furniture to live in....it's just so easy to get wrapped up in their simple beauty.

I think a lot of people do the same thing...which is why a lot of loft apartment living rooms kind of get a bit neglected. I mean, really, they can be really intimidating to decorate. So that's why I designed the below bold modern living room complete with furniture, curtains, and artwork. 

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How to Create a Feminine Home Office with Glamorous Artwork

I love female entrepreneurs. They are some of the most interesting people and joyful people that I meet in my line of business. In fact last week I joined Denise Duffield-Thomas' Lucky Bitch Bootcamp which is filled with fabulous ambitious female entrepreneurs all looking to grow their businesses. To learn more about the bootcamp click here

One of the big things that Denise talks about is surrounding yourself with positivity...both physical and mental. In particular, you have to decorate your offices for success. This means buying a desk, chair, and artwork that makes you feel abundant and that your business is going in a positive direction...because what you surround yourself with affects you on a conscious and subconscious level. I really believe it.

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How to Create a Sophisticated Loft Living Room with Oversized Artwork

I'm not usually a fan of neutral modern living rooms, but when it comes to sophisticated loft apartments, I have to give pause. I've seen in some pretty marvelous loft spaces whose architecture spoke volumes....it spoke so loudly and eloquently that if it was filled with colorful vibrant furniture then it would be too much. In my experience, these loft apartments generally have large scale industrial accents, massive columns, and/or gorgeous huge windows.

With these modern loft apartments in mind, I have designed the below living room. I made sure to use a combination of sophisticated furniture, large scale artwork that celebrated texture, and accents of orange to bring a spark of color to the room without overpowering the neutral theme of this sophisticated modern living room.

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