If we actually end up getting this new apartment, there are lots of things to think about for the new space design-wise. For one, what furniture are we going to use? Since we are currently using the old City Apartment‘s chesterfield sofa in the fireplace room, I suppose I’ll utilize the two “so ugly they are cute sofas” with the ottoman that I had slipcovered to match, and the industrial side tables that I found at Hunter Bee last year. I am currently using one of the tables upon our screened-in-porch, so we’ll have some shifting around to do and see where it all shakes out.What I’d really prefer is to have this sofa, since I have been dream decorating with it forever, but it is tooooooo large of a piece for such a small space…unless I just say screw it and decorate with it because it is comfortable and super-duper luxurious. Heaven knows we already have enough furniture in storage, so a purchase like this really can not be justified. Unless (of course) I have a yard sale, which isn’t completely out of the question. At the dining table, I am going to do my best to use our two Thos. Moser dining chairs that we got at the 2009 Sample Sale. Instead of the Windsor chairs, I could use at least four of the five chrome chairs, but if I play my cards right and use the Windsor chairs I’ll finally get to install the dining banquette I have been wanting. With a layout like you see below, we could actually consider entertaining in this small space if we wanted to. See how I am making the banquette the depth of a twin bed? One of the mattresses in the ‘L’ will be 75″ long to accommodate a Twin size fitted sheet. It just seems like a good idea to me – it rarely happens – but this is in case a family member decide to come to town and stay for a night. This way we don’t need to worry about storing an Aerobed, and won’t need to have a pullout sofa bed in such a small space. Besides, I can’t wait to climb into a scatter pillow filled banquette every weekday morning with my cup of coffee. We’re getting closer on the apartment –our Co-Op interview is scheduled for late this week– so I decided to do a bit more research on small space ideas. Mostly everything I see online is super sleek and modern. I’m pretty sure that I don’t want our space to feel that austere. By the way, have you noticed recently how West Elm is is warming up their modern designs? The catalog came in the mail the other day – I see a Chesterfield sofa added to the mix, watery deep greens and teal colors on the walls and upholstery, and there are a bunch of softer, natural elements in the accessories that they are propping the photos with. Modern or Traditional, let’s face it. It’s not ideal to live in a studio as you have the sensation of eating, relaxing, and socializing all while being right next to your bed. At least if we add some sort of a dividing wall it will give us the feeling of privacy and the ability to go to bed as opposed to sitting on the bed while we watch TV.The very first photo featured in House Beautiful’s Small Spaces story confirmed my idea of using a divider wall. The photo is a studio apartment designed by The Brooklyn Home Company. While I wasn’t considering such a rustic style, it is very much the feeling I had envisioned for the divider wall between the sleeping area and the living room. Something light and airy. Something that gives privacy but doesn’t ruin the open feeling of the space.My biggest concern about adding a dividing wall is that it is going to visually break up the space in an unsatisfying way. I feel like I would be happy to see a divider that is translucent, has open gaps in it, or cut outs of some sort. The great thing about doing it this way (instead of a solid wall) is that it will define the purpose of each area without making it dark. You’ll still have a light, airy feel with a clear line of sight through the room. Below you see one that my social media friend Kimberly Seldon designed. Maybe it make sense to do a divider that incorporates a reflective material like metal or mirror? What about utilizing curtain track in the ceiling to break up the space when privacy is needed? Whatever the case, I must remember that at this point we want the TV on the opposite side of that bed dividing wall, so I will have to take that big black box into account. Perhaps a modified version of something like this room divider by Baan Design would be more suitable to our aesthetic?And speaking of the television, I keep going back to the idea of concealing it behind doors. It would be nice to not see it in the room unless we’re making a point to watch it. I signed into facebook the other day and stumbled upon Brian Patrick Flynn‘s brilliant modern wall paneling that not only looks great, but also conceals the television. It is seriously good. I can’t help myself from wanting something like that treatment.Oh lordy, the TV – since it is such a small space, this aspect of the new apartment design stresses me out the most. Irene Turner recently posted an inquiry on her facebook page: What are your thoughts on hiding the TV? Do, don’t, with what if you do? I personally would rather not make it a focal point in the room. If I could put it behind closed doors easily, I would. And if I couldn’t hide it, I’d like to disguise it in a bookcase, similar to the photos below. Which gets me thinking…maybe I should consider filling the North wall of the apartment with cabinetry and putting the TV there?