Micro Studio Tour / Apartment in the City / 240 sq. ft. (Updated!)

You’d be surprised by how much can fit into a 240 sq ft. micro studio that is smartly designed. My older brother, Nick, has been living in his city apartment for the past four years. His building was once a historic hotel turned apartment complex. Though an incredibly small space, he was able to transform it into a cozy home by being creative and resourceful.

Nick, a former architecture student, was able to use his skills and background to craft a blueprint with various functions and flow. If you watched his original apartment tour a few years back, then you would know the general layout to his room is very much the same. However, he did make some new noteworthy modifications to enhance his space that were worth sharing. He recently bought a 55 inch OLED TV, added a hammock, and wall-mounted his bike. My new YouTube video highlights how he integrates these changes and continues to optimize every square footage of his home.

For most people, small spaces can make one feel boxed in, but for Nick – his life is not confined by the four walls of his micro-studio. In fact, living simple and minimal did the opposite. It opened up doors for him, giving him the freedom to travel. Due to the low cost of rent, he was able to save money and go on countless adventures. Last year, he accomplished one of his biggest goals which was to visit 30 countries by age 30. Next, he plans to visit all fifty states and seven continents. You can follow Nick on Instagram at @bu1ster to see some of his stunning travel photos! 

 As always, I appreciate you stopping by and watching my videos. I hope it helps spark design inspiration in your life! ~b

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Micro Studio in the City Apartment Tour

Hi guys! When I filmed my brother’s micro studio tour using my iPhone over a year ago – I had no idea that it would have blown up as much as it has. I have gained so many views, likes, and shares worldwide. I can’t thank you guys enough for the support! It means a lot to me. 🙂 Whether you live in a small space or not, I truly hoped my brother’s 240 sq. feet studio helped give you decor inspiration somehow. I wanted to make this blog post including some pictures of his space because I think it will also be beneficial to guys. Enjoy!


My brother, Nick, lives in Uptown. His apartment is located in a coveted spot within the city. It’s a five minute walk away from restaurants, parks, and entertainment. His building is also one of the oldest apartment complexes in the area, therefore it lacks all the fancy modern amenities. Though an outdated infrastructure, his $500 monthly rent has not increased in the last few years and the water is always free here which is an added bonus.

Nick is a minimalist by nature and avid traveler (visited 23 countries thus far) so his studio is well suited for his lifestyle. Living in a space that does not eat up his entire expenses makes it possible for him to go on all his adventures. And having a smaller apartment allows him to be happy with less stuff. Nick’s contemporary micro studio is both cozy and practical. When designing his home, he was mindful of every decision. He managed to divide the space into three areas – work, sleep, dine.  He built a mini kitchen from scratch, crafted a creative office, and made room for a full size bed. With the help of multi-functional furniture pieces, every inch of the room was maximized. His modern vision and clever layout breathed new life into the old unit.Overall, with an affordable lease and an unbeatable location, his city studio apartment is of great value…so he’s not moving anywhere soon. 🙂  ~b

P.S. // click here for the micro studio haul featuring his apartment furnitures
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Apartment Haul 2017 + Updated Studio Tour

 

So good news! My studio apartment is almost done (85%). I can’t wait to share the complete video tour with you guys when I’m finished.  In the meantime, enjoy this collective apartment haul video of home décor and furniture pieces that I bought. I am going for a bright contemporary living space so I purchased a lot of light, neutral, and modern items. Everything was pretty affordable so I linked the exact/similar items below. Keep in mind that the prices that I paid for are different from the websites because I hunted the clearance aisles or waited for a special promotion. But as always I hope you guys get some creative ideas and found this post helpful! ~b

Update: Check out my fully decorated studio apartment here.BeInspireful - AptHaul8TargetDoor Mat Geo Triangles // $13BeInspireful - AptHaul1Marshalls – Mid-Century Mod Wood Legs Accent Chair // $100

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Marshalls – Decor Plant // $17BeInspireful - AptHaul2Marshalls – Nailhead Accent Solid Wood Legs Desk Chair // $70

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AmazonTuft & Needle Full Mattress // Free (won an Amazon gift card from a contest)BeInspireful - AptHaul16BeInspireful - AptHaul14IkeaCurtain Window Panel Door // $40 (total cost of all items to install)BeInspireful - AptHaul17West Elm floor length mirror is priced at $400. I found a much better deal for a floor length mirror at Ikea.BeInspireful - AptHaul18IkeaHovet Full Floor Length Mirror // $130BeInspireful - AptHaul11Hope you enjoyed this apartment haul! Stay tuned for complete studio apartment video tour on my YouTube channel!

~b

Empty Studio Apartment Tour

 

Hi all! Here’s an unfurnished video tour of my current studio apartment. I have been living here for a few months now and I absolutely love it here! The energy of the city is contagious! I can’t tell you guys enough how lucky I am to snag this 324 sq. ft. studio with a monthly rent of $655. Most apartments in uptown are around a grand (yikes!). On top of the affordable price, my unit came with everything I could possibly need. There is plenty of built-in storage to make up for the lack of footage. A work/desk space right next to the kitchen, and washer/dryer combo in the walk in closet. I’ll admit the furnishings are super basic but they helped me save a lot of money on buying cohesive furniture. In addition, the complex has really good amenities. There are two pools and fitness centers, café/computer room, laundry room, and outside lounging areas. Although this is the smallest space I have ever lived in, it is actually my favorite apartment. I really couldn’t have been happier with my decision to call this place my home. ~b

Update: Check out my fully decorated studio apartment here.

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