Living La Vida Tiny: Before

A few months ago, I moved from a rambling, four-bedroom historical home with four roommates, to a tiny little studio all of my own. While the space and freedom of my own place is wonderful, the actual space itself is truly teeny tiny! To the tune of about 300 square feet. As most people say when they walk in: “Whoa. This IS small!” Thanks. Thank you, very much. No really, I never get that, honestly.

Living here, thus far, has been both challenging and hilarious. Especially because the idea of my very own big kid apartment was hatched long ago, via You’ve Got Mail and Sex & The City, and those beautiful city girl apartments are so very clearly not in line with any true city dweller’s budget these days.

So, for any other city folks who live in far less space than they’d like, or for those who also fell prey to the false advertising of HBO and Nora Ephron, I’d love to showcase a few tips, tricks and ways I’ve found to make a small space feel bigger. First, the before shots:


Structure: As you can see, there’s not a whole lot of structure to the space. Other than the built-in bookshelves and the raised bed platform, it’s one long room with a hardwood floor kitchen and a (thankfully) separated bathroom.

Angles. The ceiling is also funny – it’s slanted! Like a cabin! Because the apartment is so high up – it’s the in-law unit at the top of an old San Francisco mansion – it has a homey, treehouse feeling, but the odd angle of the ceiling and walls make for a few bumped heads at every dinner party.

Kitchen. Or lack thereof. Two burners, a sink, limited counter space and a tiny, almost Paris-sized fridge. The challenge of cooking in such a small space cannot go overlooked.

What would you do with this funny little place? Any ideas or suggestions? Stay tuned next week for the after shots and solutions to some of my tiny apartment woes!



2 thoughts on “Living La Vida Tiny: Before

  1. Genevieve says:

    A very uniquely laid-out 300 square feet for sure! I’d be curious to see the view of the length of the apartment, with the window behind you! Also, is there a closet, or just those low built-ins? Having cooked extensively in a 105 sq ft apartment for the past 7 years without even the 2 burners you’ve got, I’d be more than happy to lend some advice! Last comment… It looks like your biggest challenge in working with a small space is your lack of vertical space to work with – something that’s usually a ‘saving grace’ for small spaces – I can’t wait to see what you come up with for solutions! Good luck!!


    • Hilary says:

      Hi Genevieve –
      Yes, it is a VERY strange little place! I’m excited to show you all pictures! I’d love to hear more about your tiny little place! It takes all kinds of tips and tricks, doesn’t it?!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!


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