Come inside! Wait…I can only fit 2.5 people.

My comfy cozy bed for those lazy Sundays

My comfy cozy bed for those lazy Sundays

I live in a shoe box. Literally, a shoe box. I tell all of my friends this and they just look at me with a smile and say…oh, it can’t be that small. Then the few that do come over…

“Oh, so… you really do live in a shoe box.”

I live in Pacific Heights which is a fairly safe and nice neighborhood in San Francisco. I knew that when I moved back to the city, this was the area that I wanted to come back to. At the time, I wasn’t willing to pay more than $2k a month for my own place. So with that, I found a place that was well below my budget but I had to really compromise in the amount of space that I would get with it. Now, however, if you’re looking for a $2k studio, that’s a steal. Don’t even get me started on the SF rental market. It’s a complete nightmare.

So I had to make do with what I had, which meant that I had to be creative with my 12×12 (minus the bathroom, closet and kitchen) shoe box size apartment. I somehow managed to sneak in a little work area, a reading area and a sleep area. And the result of it is one cozy small space that I now call home!

With that, here’s a quick tour of my space. But wait…just 2 at a time please.

Hallway to main living area

Hallway to main living area

Reading area

Reading area – I’m a sucker for beat up leather couches.

“Oh, this old thing? I got it while I was in Paris.”

When I travel, I love to pick up vintage things here and there to add to my apartment. A rug from Turkey, a vintage jewelry box from Barcelona or a pill case from Bruges. They all add a little charm and fill my apartment with stories from my travels.
Nightstand

Nightstand

Books and Baubles

Books and Baubles

Books are an easy way to decorate your coffee table and even trays. I also collect a ton of jewelry. Rather than keeping all of the pretty baubles locked up inside my jewelry boxes, I like to display them out in the open. It adds glam and makes the apartment feel a bit feminine chic.

My tiny work space that fits for someone just my size

My tiny workspace that fits for someone just my size

I love taking short mental breaks and staring out my window to the red castle looking building across the street

View from my desk.

Ah…my tiny workspace. For a long time I didn’t have a place really to work from home. I would get up early in the morning and make my way to the nearest coffee shop where I proceeded to buy a cup of coffee for $5 and sit there for about 8 hours working away on my laptop. There were days where I felt really lazy and just wanted to simply work from the comfort of my home. I have a tiny space besides my bed with bay windows looking out in to the street across from my building. The only challenge was finding a desk small enough to fit into that space. The solution? An Ikea patio desk! Ha! It fits perfectly and somewhat goes with my light and airy decor that I have going on. Now this tiny area has a function and a purpose!

Making good use of built in shelves

Making good use of built-in shelves

I hate clutter. Some of my friends have compared me to Monica from the show Friends, but I don’t think I am that extreme. One of the perks of having a small space is the constant need to edit it and keep it organized! It forces me to go in to a routine like making my bed every morning so that when I come home from work, it feels warm and welcoming vs. cluttered and chaotic.

Most of my ideas are inspired from hours wasted onĀ www.apartmenttherapy.com

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