Styling & Decorating A Small Apartment – Part 1

16 October 2014 0


Size does not matter. Not when it comes to styling a home at least. For the past seven years I have been living in a small rooftop apartment with a mere 32 square meters. Thus I am often asked about how to style and decorate a small apartment. Well, I am not a trained interior designer nor stylist, so my idea of styling a home is a very hands-on approach. Go with the feeling, play around, apply a trial-and-error approach, give it some time and tweak around. A home is never finished – it grows and lives with you.

My overall mantra for styling a small apartment is ‘one in – one out’. It is a hard one, but it is the only way to avoid too much clutter. Sometimes I fail my own mantra – for example when it comes to vintage ceramics or cushions (may I be forgiven), but I try to let go of things that I do not love entirely. I want to buy a new chair? Fine, then I need to get rid of another one at home. Am I ready to do that? Question mark! But I think that is the only way I managed to sail in the waters of interior design blogging without ending up with a zillion things in my small apartment (suffocated under a pile of stylish throw cushions if you want so).

When I pick furniture for my apartment, I try to find stylish and functional furniture with lots of storage space – think of beds with storage space underneath, think of chest of drawers (I have all my DVDs and BluRays in those drawers), think of shelves and using your walls for storage and go for stools instead of more chairs. When not in use, pile your books and magazines on them and top it off with a nice houseplant. Easy, right? Extra tip: Use large mirrors to visually expand your home – I have two mirrors opposed to each other and they make the room look wider and brighter. 

Don’t be afraid to display what you love – I love my vintage ceramics so I keep them on my sideboard but I change the arrangement and placing from time to time. Keep them grouped together – it makes a stronger impact and keeps your small interior cleaner. 

Of course my life would be much easier if I were a minimalistic all-white kind of guy. But hey, I love my knickknacks too much to let go. But loving home decor does not mean living in chaotic clutter – not even in a small apartment. For the German speaking/reading among you, I blogged about styling a small apartment on Roombeez too. 

Next week I will share the second part of my ‘Styling A Small Apartment’ story. 

Happy Thursday!

Photography by Igor Josifovic

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  • Reply Anonymous 16 October 2014 at 08:16

    Hi Igor,

    I’m pretty sure that you’ve already been asked, but: Where did you get the beautiful picture which is hanging above your bed?
    And of course: Your apartment looks great!
    Have a nice day, Karen

  • Reply sonia 16 October 2014 at 08:17

    Oh, its amazing! Your vintage ceramics are so nice and the grey wall on the kintchen,too! Looking forward for the second part.

  • Reply Doris 16 October 2014 at 12:03

    Hi Igor, you have such a wonderful apartment. This is such a great post because it obviously comes from experience. And just a note that even interior designers and stylists go with the feeling, play around, & tweak! xD

  • Reply Serena Scuderi 16 October 2014 at 12:19

    I love your home: it is so warm and elegant, full of amazing details who tell a story…

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 16 October 2014 at 12:31

      Grazie my friend!! That is exactly what I want to show with my home…

  • Reply Lisa Hjalt 16 October 2014 at 17:01

    “A home is never finished – it grows and lives with you.” Love that one.

    I’m always amazed when you mention the size of your place because from the images you share on the blog it looks a lot bigger. I like the idea of a rack on a kitchen wall to store magazines, etc. I’m debating with myself whether to put one up or go for a small shelf unit in a corner. Decisions, decisions…

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 17 October 2014 at 01:12

      I think you should go for it, Lisa! It’s great as a storage & display!

  • Reply Anonymous 16 October 2014 at 23:00

    But where do you keep your clothing and linens? Where are your draws, closets?

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 17 October 2014 at 01:09

      In the last picture you can see the edge of my wardrobe and in the picture with the mirror you see my drawers where I have my clothes too – but I do not own too many clothes either! The perks of a small apartment:-)

  • Reply Aleksandra 17 October 2014 at 00:16

    I love that sentence too – the style of you home changes with you, it is a lifelong process.
    I discovered your blog last weekend and read it all by yesterday. I love your eye for color and your positive attitude! Wonderful!

  • Reply Beauty Follower 18 October 2014 at 13:05

    You have such an excellent taste when it comes to pillows!!!

  • Reply vosgesparis 20 October 2014 at 19:14

    Loved this little peek into your home!

  • Reply Doncheree 24 October 2014 at 14:56

    Hi Igor,

    Your apartment is awesome! I especially love all small details/finishing touches. Where did you get your recycling bin and the pillows on your couch? They are perfect for what I have in mind for my living room.

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 25 October 2014 at 17:27

      Thank you very much! The pillows on my couch are from West Elm (you can order them online) and the recycling bin is in fact a paper bag and it’s from the Parisian concept store called MERCI.

    • Reply Doncheree 27 October 2014 at 17:32

      Thanks so much! I’m looking forward to purchasing these!!

  • Reply Anonymous 11 December 2014 at 13:27

    Oh boy I discovered your blog just today and I absolutely can’t get enough of it. You have such an amazing appartment! Do you mind sharing where that journal hanger is from? I’ve been searching for something like this for a while now! Thanks and have a wonderful day!

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