Last week, we toured the apartment of interior designer Laura Greig, one half of the Miami-based design group The Habitat Collective. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the home of her creative counterpart, Sara Richards. Like Laura, Sara relocated to Miami from elsewhere (in Sara’s case, that elsewhere was Utah) and surfed through rentals in the area until settling for an apartment in Normandy Isle, an island in Miami Beach. Also like Laura, Sara’s living space is small—as in 450-square-feet small. Within the confines of this Art Deco flat are a bathroom, a kitchen, and an adjoining room that serves as a living room and—when the sofa is unfurled into a bed—a place for sleeping. With a space that had so many initial challenges, it goes without saying that it’s a good thing Sara works in interiors!
“Since studio living can be tricky and more than a little cramped,” Sara notes, “my goal was to make the space feel as open as possible.” She accomplished this by incorporating a light-colored palette for her walls and larger furnishings, dotted with blue accents that hint at the beach outside. Judiciously selected minimal decoration imparts charm without weighing down the small space with excess clutter. “I wanted to create a space that felt like an oasis from all the energy and activity that embodies Miami,” Sara continues. “My design style is an eclectic mix: not too modern or too traditional, with a curated vibe. The studio is a mix of newly purchased pieces, vintage finds, and little treasures I’ve collected during my travels.” Take a closer look at how Sara has made small space living work for her!
“By far the largest challenge in the space was making the main room work seamlessly as both a living and sleeping space,” Sara says. “After changing my mind a million times about whether or not I wanted a traditional bed or something more multi-functional, I settled on a pull-out sofa with storage. I leave it pulled out as a bed most often, but I love that I can tuck it away and have a nice, large sofa when friends come over.”
“The vintage trunk is a lucky find from a local antique store, and the record player was a gift from a friend.”
“My favorite thing about the apartment is all the natural light it gets—it makes all the difference, especially in such a small space! I keep the blinds open almost constantly to let the light in, making it feel bright and open. I’m also absolutely in love with the Art Deco archway that leads through from the main room to the kitchen. It’s a wonderful bit of character and a nod to old Miami architecture, which has largely been preserved in the Normandy neighborhood.”