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Andrea Moore

Homes

We always love to see creative solutions for TINY apartments, and today’s miniscule studio apartment in South Yarra is one of the sweetest pocket-sized pads we’ve seen!

It’s a rental, and it belongs to interior designer and stylist Andrea Moore.

20th May, 2015

Living in such a compact space without a garden, Andrea has made an added effort to fill her home with lots of indoor plants. Styling – Andrea Moore. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Andrea’s collection of prints and artwork including work from Vee Speers and Therese Sennerholt, bought back from trip to Stockholm, paired with Eclipse wall light by Inkstermaken. Styling – Andrea Moore. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Andrea’s open studio apartment is cleverly separated into bedroom and living areas with the help of the Ikea Stolmen shelving system. Andrea says ‘It’s a convenient and functional way to divide the space.’ Styling – Andrea Moore. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Andrea Moore’s pocket sized open plan South Yarra apartment. Styling – Andrea Moore. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Bedroom details including And Tradition Mass light by Norm Architects and pillowcases by HAY. ‘The lights in my bedroom are a favourite, as they are the same as the ones in my favourite restaurant in Copenhagen, called Höst,’ says Andrea. Styling – Andrea Moore. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Hallway details. Menu Yeh side table by Kenyon Yeh and Menu Me mirror by Gridy. Styling – Andrea Moore. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Kitchen details. Andrea’s collection of homewares and props she uses for her styling work on display in the kitchen’s open shelving. Styling – Andrea Moore. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Andrea’s home office nook! ‘My desk chair is one of our old kitchen table chairs I grew up with as a kid’ she says. Styling – Andrea Moore. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Andrea Moore of Studio Moore in her South Yarra apartment. Styling – Andrea Moore. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Bathroom details. Upon moving in Andrea added new vinyl flooring in the bathroom, but says she couldn’t resist the pre-existing pink and grey tiles. Cypress peg stool by Studio Moore. Styling – Andrea Moore. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 20th May 2015

‘I think living small makes you appreciate how little you actually need to be comfortable’

Andrea Moore has been a happy resident of this sweet studio apartment in South Yarra for almost four years. Though she’s renting, the apartment was quite run down when she first moved in, so she couldn’t resist making a few superficial changes early on that have vastly improved the space.

One particularly clever addition is the Ikea ‘Stolmen’ shelving system, which establishes separate living and sleeping zones, whilst retaining the open plan feel of the space. (Brilliantly, this system can also be installed without fixings, making it perfect for renters!). Simple vinyl flooring was also installed in both the bathroom and kitchen, helping to freshen up what were previously tired, unrenovated rooms, and give the apartment a more contemporary feel.

Although it is tiny, by cleverly zoning the apartment and ensuring there is a designated place for sleeping, living, and even a small dedicated study nook,  Andrea has created a surprisingly comfortable and functional home. ‘Living in a small space, everything has to be functional and livable’ says Andrea.

Andrea’s style is unashamedly minimalist – she’s a big fan of Japanese architecture and Scandinavian design. ’I see beauty in simplicity’ Andrea says. Many of her favourite pieces have been brought back from trips abroad, such as her ‘No early birds’ lamp designed by Per Söderberg, and bought in Stockholm. Despite the presence of a few of these treasured designer pieces, there is a fundamentally utilitarian feeling here – at heart this is a pared-back, streamlined space, with very little unnecessary decoration.

Andrea has her own design studio, Studio Moore, where she undertakes projects in both interior design and styling – if you love her home, do check out her website!

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