Bohemian Decorating Ideas for Small Studio

Justina Blakeney is an interior designer with an incredible home in Los Angeles, but she also had one big problem: she needed her own office.

So when Justina moved into a new 700-sq-ft work studio, we let her take over our Instagram account to teach us a thing or two about decorating small spaces!

See how Justina’s bohemian design came together, and learn her 5 small studio decor Do’s and Dont’s!

See how Justina Blakeney transformed this small studio space!

Justina Blakeney’s amazing studio + 5 tips for your small space

1. DON’T compromise.

Know what you want before you sign the lease and don’t compromise! This is especially true for small spaces, which look especially sad when they’re empty.

Justina knew that she wanted high ceilings and good natural light. So even though this studio was only 700-sq-ft, when she found it, she was ready to take the plunge.

Justina Blakeney’s amazing studio + 5 tips for your small space

Hanging plants - Justina Blakeney's amazing studio + 5 tips for your small space


2. DO use storage to decorate.

Storage space was an issue, so Justina used a mix of built-in floating shelves, industrial-style bookcases, and a vintage hutch from Mexico that she bought from Craigslist.

Justina painted built-in floating shelves white so they disappeared into the walls, styled-out her bookcases with her awesome collection of textiles + pillows, and painted the hutch pink.

Treat your storage as part of the decor in a small space.

Painted hutch - Treat your storage as part of the décor in a small space

Bookshelf - Treat your storage as part of the décor in a small space

3. DO go vertical.

Use pendant lights instead of floor lamps, and hanging planters instead of heavy pots. That’s how Justina added light + greenery without sacrificing precious floor space.

Adding greenery to a room, no matter how small, is always a good call. Go for tropical house plants if you don’t have a ton of natural light in your home.

1 Amazing Studio + 5 Small Space Tips by Justina Blakeney

Small sofa - 1 Amazing Studio + 5 Small Space Tips by Justina Blakeney

 Pillow Collection - 1 Amazing Studio + 5 Small Space Tips by Justina Blakeney

4. DON’T be afraid of big furniture.

As long as it’s multi-functional, a large piece of furniture in a studio is nothing to be afraid of.

Justina chose a full dining table because it will be used as a work table, meeting space, and as a prop for tablescape photoshoots.

5 Do’s and Dont’s for small spaces by Justina Blakeney

5. DO your DIY thing.

In a small space, you need to be extra selective about every piece that you choose. So don’t be afraid to customize the decor to create exactly what your space needs!

Justina followed her instincts when she decided to paint the Bentwood Pendant. We’re glad that she did! The colors totally work with Justina’s bohemian jungle vibes.

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5 Do’s and Dont’s for small spaces by Justina Blakeney

5 Do’s and Dont’s for small spaces by Justina Blakeney

5 Ways Justina Blakeney Styled Her Amazing Small Studio

Featured: Carroll Farm Dining Table // Bentwood Pendant // Rustic Storage Bookcase // Slope Leg Dining Chairs // Pipe Tower Bookcase // Finn Sofa // Atelier Stella Vases // Potter’s Workshop Bowls // Jungalow Hanging Planter

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Photos: Justina Blakeney

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January 6, 2015

Such a gorgeous studio! Knew it would be amazing – Justina is a masterful stylist of any space.


January 6, 2015

So gorgeous. The light is amazing. The styling is on point. I love peeks into the Jungalow and love this peek into your new digs. Congrats.


January 7, 2015

I was hoping to see where the bed is. Or is that a sofa bed?


January 8, 2015

I was really hoping to see the bed area. It’s what I’m struggling with the most in my studio layout. Would you please show it?


January 9, 2015

Hi Michelle — It’s a studio work space, not a studio apartment. No bed! Sorry for the confusion.


January 15, 2015

Very colorful and interesting, but very very cluttered. No place for the eyes to rest.

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January 16, 2015

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The Kentucky Gent

January 16, 2015

This has got to be one of the cutest studios I have ever seen.


January 18, 2015

Great ideas. Love the white wall shelves

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February 7, 2015

Your studio is adorable, you accomplished a lot in a small space


March 26, 2015

Oh, wow, I am SO INSPIRED by this feature! Thank you! Your talent and eye is amazing, Justina.

Denise Sloan

April 1, 2015

Hi just love everything the brightness,colors,thanks for ideas for my new bedroom.


June 17, 2015

Just wondering how you painted the Bentwood pendant–and type of paint you used. I was thinking of lighting sanding mine and doing the same thing–any suggestions? Love the fun color you used.


September 15, 2015

So cute, I have a 300 square foot studio where I live and work (children’s clothes designer) and it is so challenging. Your place is adorable!


September 30, 2015

Where is all the junk I store ?! These are all just decorative items ! and in answer to the comment below, this is an office, not living space – so if there is a bed, it’s the sofa kind.


June 9, 2017

How can I find information regarding the green ceramic water dispenser next to the mexican hutch?..thanks

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