Living Small in NYC

How Christina Lo turned a tiny studio into a unique home

These days, everyone wants a piece of NYC, so space comes at a premium. In past years, I lived with roommates because it was affordable. Eventually, I decided that I needed my own space. I found a tiny studio and managed to transform it into a perfect place for me. In the city that never sleeps, there is always something to do or see, so I don’t actually spend that much time at home.  Having a small living space really forces me to edit my way of life, leaving only the essentials.

I wanted to create a space that was an expression of me. I can be very social or more introspective and my space seeks a balance between the two. I created a flexible space that could be my sanctuary from the buzz of the city and also a space where I can entertain. I’ve collected many of my favorite pieces over the years while traveling. These mementos scattered around my space ensure I always have stories to tell.

Recently, my little pad was featured in Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool 2015 contest and VOA asked me to share a bit more about collecting and designing for my studio.

Collecting pieces for my studio took a bit of time and effort. Being a creative and visual person working in design, I am always on the lookout for furnishings, whether it be for a project or for myself. I’ve always had an eclectic style, where I like mixing the old with the new. I love objects that have history or a personal significance. I love flea markets, vintage stores, tag sales and Craigslist for finding truly unique items. The key is to be diligent in checking those venues consistently while you are in search of a particular item. Some of the older furniture pieces are better constructed then any of the new modern furniture you could find. The items in my home that people always ask me about are vintage store, Craigslist finds or things that I have acquired while traveling. Often, I am actively looking for those pieces but sometimes those unique furniture pieces find you.

If you’re interested in making your own small space cool, it’s important to be true to your own style. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t rely too much on the plethora of style blogs or Pinterest boards. Your home is a reflection of you. But I do think that there are valuable ideas that you can take from those blogs to find solutions for DIY projects or for space saving ideas. So the next time you’re looking for a place in the city, don’t be afraid to think small. A little bit of creativity can go a long way when it comes to making a small space your own.

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