Feb 5, 2013

Studio Chic

Hi All!! I am so thrilled to have Tiffany of Tiffany Leigh Interior Design with us today. After coming across her work I learnt that not only is she a kindred spirit who loves design/decor, but also a fellow Canadian- living in Toronto!  I love how Tiffany has transformed her studio apartment into a functional chic space, full of character! A small space can easily feel wighted down, she has managed to create a bright and feminine aesthetic that feels spacious. Tiffany's blog is packed with design inspiration, mood boards, DIY projects and school projects. She is a super talented artist- can't wait to see what she does next!
For todays post I wanted to focus on a piece found in a lot of our homes/office spaces: Ikea is one of my go to's for storage, I own an Expedit- it houses a lot of my books, and acts as a TV stand in my living room. I love to see how other people style their Expedits. Tiffany has done such a great job creating a bright and airy space, here are some great styling tips- including some really fun DIY projects! Enjoy!xo

Hi Everyone! I'm Tiffany from Tiffany Leigh Interior Design where I blog about my journey as an interior design student! I'm so excited to be here on Laura's blog today, sharing how I style my EXPEDIT unit from IKEA. I feel like this is one of IKEA's most beloved pieces, and for good reason! It's so versatile, and can really be styled to suit any need and aesthetic.

I live in a tiny studio style room, so I needed the shelf to function as both my TV stand as well as a place to store my textbooks and magazines for my interior design courses. Here is the layout:

 I tried to think of each cube as it's own little unit, rather than focusing on a theme for the entire bookshelf. I think this gives it an eclectic, layered look, with a bit of quirk. Some of my favourite pieces included my foo dog painting which hides my not-so-attractive dvd collection, and my DIY gold skull, but my favourite vignette has got to be this one:

That little t-rex makes me smile everyday! I picked up the puzzle in the kids section of Dollarama and painted him white. The leopard and lucite tray is also a DIY you can read about here.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I style my bookshelf. How do you style yours?
I hope you will all stop by my blog to say hello! :)


Here are a few of my Favorite Posts!!

DIY Gold Skull

Fab Design Board

Foo Dog Painting

Thanks Again Tiffany- Can't wait to go antiquing!! xoxo

Always Stay Graceful, 



  1. Love Tiffany's style and aesthetic (and yours too). How fun that you live in the same city and can go thrifting together! Believe it or not, I think I'm one of the few people who doesn't have an IKEA expedit shelf - which is probably because the closest IKEA is 4 hours away. But I did order some VITTSJO shelving which I'm hoping to spray paint and put together soon. Love your blog!

  2. Such a light and lovely home you've created. And I wish I had some bookshelves to style!


  3. I'm totally jealous you guys get to go out and play together! Such a fun post I'm going to have to check out that diy lucite tray!

  4. Thanks so much for having me on the blog, love! Such a fun feature. xo

  5. Thanks for the feature - it's always great to find new bloggers. Love her ideas!

  6. So adorable. Tiffany is one of my favorites :) Her apartment is darling. Your home is beautiful, too!!


Thanks so much for all of the lovely comments!
Always Stay Graceful,
L. xoxo