This 500-Square-Foot Studio Is Now a One-Bedroom Thanks to a Clever Bed Placement

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Name: Catherine Elizabeth
Location: Ravenswood — Chicago, Illinois
Type of home: Studio Apartment (Studio)
Size: 500 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My small, 500-square-foot apartment in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago is surrounded by small businesses such as Lillstreet Art Center, Urban Pooch, Hazel, and River Valley Farmer’s Table. I live with my ten month old mini Goldendoodle, Charlie. My home is cozy and bright with a mix of special mementos and everyone’s favorite lunchtime errand run—Target! I have an antique globe that reminds me of my grandparents, an antique box from my great grandma, artwork from my first trip to Rwanda, ginger jars that remind me of my childhood home, and a still life that hangs above my stove that my grandpa painted for my 21st birthday.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Bright, eclectic, and purposeful.

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room? Hmmm… with my apartment being pretty much one giant room I would say all of it but if I have to choose, I would say the kitchen area. Growing up having dinner every night with my family has instilled in me the importance of eating together. Fun, creative, and meaningful conversations are made around the table with both friends and family. The gallery wall in the kitchen has photos of friends and family of when I was small, which again reminds me of great memories and a great conversation starter for guests.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? Unplug soy candle—the White Tea scent is amazing!

Any advice for creating a home you love? Fill your home with things you love and that start a conversation for your guests. Create a space where people feel welcomed and comfortable to raid your refrigerator. Have your home be a greenhouse for those who enter and lighthouse for those who pass by. If you have a small space I would say; organize! Having a place for everything will keep you sane and make your small space not feel so cluttered. Also, use plastic bins for under sofas and beds to store clothing, etc. Find ottomans that have storage space as well as where to rest your feet. Don’t be afraid to use your space in non-conventional ways. For example, putting your bed in the closet. Yes, my twin bed is in the closet! Lastly, use vertical space. Add shelving high up in closets to add more storage space.

This submission’s responses were edited for length and clarity.