My partner Matt and I live in a small Pasadena bungalow with our two cats. We have lived in 5 places together in the past 6 years - from sublets to corporate housing - and this is the first spot we've truly been able to call our own. Even though it's a rental, we no longer have others' questionable furniture, fixture, and paint choices to contend with (well, not as much, anyway). It's the closest to a blank canvas that we've experienced so far, and - believe it or not - the largest quarters we've lived in yet! We've taken full advantage, and done our best to enhance its vintage charm. It's not perfect, but it's comfortable and it feels like home.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
GO VERTICAL - Using the wall for shelves, hooks, and other mounted things creates added storage in a small space. It also helps to create focal points at different levels, which can make a room seem larger and loftier. CUSTOMIZE - We added butcher blocks over our washer and drier in the kitchen to create additional counter space, made custom curtains to fit windows of unusual size, and used a large free-standing bookcase from our previous home to create a more defined entry way. I keep an eye out for table legs and brackets so that when there's a need, I can use them to make the right furniture or storage solution for our space. CREATE STATIONS - Make spaces dedicated to different tasks or activities. I don't have space for an office, sewing room, studio, and bar, but was able to set up areas specific to those things. It can be tricky to do without making a room feel overly busy, but these "stations" in our home add to the illusion that we have more space than we really do.