House call: Greenwich Village studio

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

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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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