With very little money (and space) I used hand-me-down furniture (like the black Noguchi table) and some cheaper new pieces to create a cohesive comfortable space that works together. I love entertaining friends, so the apartment had to be organized and comfortable (all the ugly stuff is concealed or disguised).
Design Tip: A small space can feel cluttered FAST! Organize your things in groups (for example, neatly stacked books balance out a group of smaller accessories). Director’s chairs from Pier One are economical and ideal for small spaces… they fold up fast to create instant space!