Designer to the Rescue: Hyde Evans Design

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In Bellevue, Washington, Barbara Hyde Evans of Hyde Evans Design confronted a notoriously difficult space: a studio apartment. Here, Hyde Evans explains how she created chic, designated spaces within the one-room condo, ultimately crafting a home that looks creative, not cramped.


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Designer to the Rescue: Hyde Evans Design

Photography by William Wright

The studio was made up of one good-sized room and a bath. That’s it! The client wanted it to function like a home, with spaces for dining, living, sleeping, reading, working, cooking, and watching media.  And she had a big art collection, so she wanted a gallery as well.

Designer to the Rescue: Hyde Evans Design

Photography by William Wright

We came up with the idea to do a large, two-sided screen right down the middle, with both sides accessible to the wall kitchen. One side would function as a space for living, dining, media, and entertaining, while the other was designed for sleeping and also functions as a library and office. I love that the client wanted to use pink in the apartment, too. You don’t get an opportunity like that very often.

Designer to the Rescue: Hyde Evans Design

Photography by William Wright

Most of the furnishings had to serve dual purposes; i.e., the coffee table also served as a dining table; the bedside table, as a desk; ottomans, as seating; and the sofa worked as banquet seating as well as for watching TV. We used both ends of the main room as gallery walls, and there was also a hallway from the entry to the main space covered in art.  
 

Designer to the Rescue: Hyde Evans Design

Photography by William Wright

Because we had such limited space to fit in all the functionality that the client required, we used space right in front of a window to store books and a collection of travel mementos. We designed a floor-to-ceiling etagere, made from pipes that we painted white, and the etagere still let plenty of light through. That was a far more challenging endeavor than we expected. It took unexpected hours, but it came out beautifully. 

 

Designer to the Rescue: Hyde Evans Design

Photography by William Wright

Challenges can push your creativity to the max. We make an effort to make a creative challenge not look like a challenge at all, in the end. That’s the hard part; to make the outcome look like it just flowed, instead of being forced.

Designer to the Rescue: Hyde Evans Design

Credits: Hyde Evans Design reupholstered the client's existing sofa with fabric from Pindler. Originally from Patricia Larson Upholstery & Custom Furniture, the screen was covered with bright patterned fabric from Kravet/Lee Jofa. The ottomans were purchased from Patricia Larson Upholstery & Custom Furniture and covered them with fabric from Schumacher, while the bed frame was sourced from Pat Howe Furniture.

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