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Lacking space for bedside lamps, McGrath employed inexpensive swing-arm fixtures from Lamps Plus that don’t require installation.

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For a money-saving alternative to built-in shelving, McGrath recommends finding a good carpenter and using cost-efficient materials to create custom bookcases for little more than the price tag at IKEA.

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McGrath describes this chest inherited from her grandparents (coated in Benjamin Moore’s Elephant Tusk) as “the real workhorse of the room—it holds everything.”

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McGrath’s two swing-arm fixtures and four table lamps, including a stunner by Bunny Williams Home, create layers of ambient light, an essential for gracious studio living.

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After finding her dream studio apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, designer and blogger Lauren McGrath created a floor plan with plenty of room for entertaining friends and running a successful business.

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A slender mirror placed between windows gives the illusion of additional space.

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Rather than buy a new console, McGrath designed a kick-pleated cover for the unappealing—but well- proportioned—metal number she already owned. “Table skirts are a chic, cost-effective way to dress up an old table,” she explains.

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Items displayed on McGrath’s desktop, suffused with color and personality, reflect her eclectic style.

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