House call: Greenwich Village studio

Statement-making pieces fill this petite one-room dwelling.

Please find decorating tips from this living space in the photo gallery at left

Please find decorating tips from this living space in the photo gallery at left Photographs: Jeff Gurwin

"It's like a hotel room," jokes hair stylist Brian Devine of his 650-square-foot rent-stabilized nook in a doorman building just off Greenwich Avenue. "It looks huge in pictures, but when you get here, you're disappointed by the size."

And though Devine isn't a fan of checking in to rented chambers (when he's not at Fifth Avenue salon Garren he's often traveling around the country coiffing the models in Abercrombie & Fitch ads), he doesn't mind compact living. "I think with a small space, it's better to glam it up," says the fledgling decorator. To wit: Devine sourced an antique chandelier from California and had his super wire it in the main room. Unafraid to sacrifice square footage, he also squeezes in enormous pieces like a massive elk head and a seven-foot-tall 1920s armoire.

But what truly keeps his abode charming and not claustrophobic is his rigorous reining in of clutter. "I took out the Murphy bed to create a storage closet, I have a housekeeper come once a week, and I'm anal-retentive."

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