It's a total work in progress and very much a recent graduate's apartment, but it's all mine and I am so proud of what I have done with IKEA pieces, gifted family furniture and budget finds. I love coming home to my little studio at the end of the day, and friends have said it's totally "me" -- which I think is one of the biggest compliments you can hear about your space! Plus, it's literally across the street and down the block from some of my favorite coffee shops, restaurants and shops in an amazing part of Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1. Don't be afraid to break some small space "rules." For example, my couch is angled in the corner, which seems like it would waste more space than having it flush to the wall. However, I use the corner behind the couch as extra storage and think it makes the layout less clinical. Not every piece of furniture has to be backed up to the wall! 2. Double duty furniture is a real thing, and it's a lifesaver. I have two stools from Target that serve as both my coffee table and extra seating when I have people over (which I have totally done, in less than 300 square feet. It's possible!) I also use IKEA Billy bookcases for EVERYTHING, from a "bedside table" to shoe storage in the closet to open storage/bar cart in the kitchen. 3. Leave no corner un-designed. If that means white space to you, great! I'm into vignettes and styling, so whether it's magazine-page inspiration near the closet or picture frames on a windowsill, I try to be thoughtful about every corner of my small space.