How to live in 144 square feet
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By Stacey Lindsay for Remodelista
In the HBO hit series Girls, the interior of Charlie's Brooklyn studio is proof that less can sometimes be more than enough. The 144-square-foot apartment offers an inspiring example of small-space living. Here are the insider tips, straight from the show's design team.
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To make the interiors "smarter," Laura Ballinger Gardner, production designer of Girls season 1, went the DIY route. She and the art department custom-designed plywood cabinets and bookshelves—ample storage space with a midcentury modern vibe—to host Charlie's music collection and files.
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Gardner and set decorator Rich Devine cleverly repurposed a vintage bedspring as a ceiling pot rack.
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Just because a space is small doesn't mean you can't express your interests and personality in bold ways. Ballinger and Devine completed Charlie's space with affordable finds, including vintage rugs, an Ikea floor lamp and propaganda posters.
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Gardner created a modified two-story space with a stairway-meets-storage-space that leads up to a lounge loft area with a custom "bed pod" below. The final result is a seamless structure that offers places to eat, store clothing, lounge and sleep.
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Accessories in various textures and patterns keep a space fun, while sticking to one color palette makes it cohesive, as with this cluster of mostly red and cream pieces.
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Posters are a great, inexpensive artwork option.
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