Great style can be achieved regardless of budget or space. That’s why we love this charming alcove studio in Vancouver, which belongs to The Cross interior designer Erin Chow. Clean and tasteful, Erin has carefully converted this small apartment into a stylish sanctuary. But it did require a few clever ideas on her part.
The smartest design decision was the creation of a bed nook out of a closet. “It was important to me to have a living space without a bed, so I had to compromise the storage,” Erin said. “I removed a couple of rods and shelving from the space.” Now lacking a whole closet, she got creative with storage. From a bench with drawers underneath to a bookshelf with doors to hide her shoe collection and many baskets strategically placed, she compensated for the missing closet.
When Erin moved into this rental five years ago, she fell in love with the 1920s architectural bones. “It’s important for me to take the building and architecture into consideration when designing a space,” she explained, “I made sure to incorporate a more vintage, timeless look into the space.” While her previous home was more modern, this space lent itself for an eclectic look. One of Erin’s most prized acquisitions was the vintage peacock chair she found on Craigslist. Another of her favorites is a Moroccan chandelier she scored for her kitchen.
Erin’s space took some time to put together, but not on purpose: “As a designer, your own space always seems to fall last on the list!” When she’s not working on projects at The Cross, she’s making her own textiles. The throw on her bed and the pillow on the peacock chair are examples of her work, made from textiles that have been dyed according to the traditional Japanese Shibori technique. “I was driven to create the line out of an affinity for pattern and texture,” Erin explained. “I began experimenting with different patterns and colors in my kitchen before attending a few courses at The Maiwa School of Textiles. I soon outgrew my tiny kitchen and moved into the studio to launch my own brand, Haven Textile Company.”