Daniel’s pad is the most beautiful example of how to make a smaller space appear larger while still retaining masculinity, simplicity and elegance. Dark panel walls are dramatic and give any space a feeling of superiority. Daniel combines this nicely with white walls and a white ceiling. His minimal use of vintage accessories is also carefully calculated and quite tasteful. An old bowling pin next to a vintage typewriter, a reclaimed wood dining table and industrial barstools are juxtaposed with the modern mirrors, blue antlers and funky striped chairs that make it seem like he doesn’t take himself or his decor too seriously. The best installation in this space is the folding doors that isolate and then open to the bedroom. Often in smaller studios, it is hard to make this separation. A bed is shoved to the very corner of the room or left as the central seating. I lived in a studio where my only “chair” was the double mattress that was my bed. Let’s just say that this wasn’t easy when it was more than me in my apartment. There were definitely some awkward seating situations that I am happy to have behind me now that I have upgraded to a one bedroom. But for those of you with beautiful loft spaces or with one room studios and want to avoid a weird seating encounter, these folding doors can be great alternatives. I am sure Daniel’s door were a little pricey with glass and beautiful panelling, but there are plenty of other options out there. And, it is always possible to install a cheap curtain track on the ceiling and run a sheer fabric to isolate your bed area. Or, if you want a funkier feel, you can use beads or some kind of hemp material. Even other types of fabric can be used to open and close allowing the bedroom to breathe and receive plenty of air. Just make sure you have enough space. If your home is too small, segmenting an area will just make the space appear smaller. For these situations paint your walls a bright color and just go for it, letting as much light as possible to brighten every corner.