small cool is my jam

Know what time of year I love? Apartment Therapy small cool time, that's what. Ooohh, I get so, so flippin' excited to go through every single entry for little living inspiration.

I currently live in a 500 sq ft apartment, and I kind of wouldn't have it any other way. I grew up in 1800 sq ft with a family of 6, a dog and multiple cats, and honestly, it was awesome. Yeah, sometimes we were all on top of each other, but that was a good thing. We fought, we loved, we shared, we got ridiculously, ridiculously close.

Doesn't matter how much money I wrack up, a 5000 sq ft house will never appeal to me. The cleaning alone would drive me mother f-ing crazy, but mostly I just want a space where I'm constantly interacting with the people I love - whether I'm currently liking or not. I want to see them. I want to experience them. I want the people to be my home. 

If you're like me and love a good cozy, quirky, small space, then you've either already made your way through this year's entries, or you really should go waste a couple hours doing it now. My current favourites are most definitely this AMAZING masculine/feminine mix...


And this more glamorous (and yet still restrained) entry. Bonus points for there being a murphy bed behind the big mirror...


So good right?

Even in the less-my-style spaces, it's always amazing checking out how ingenious people figure out how to live in the tiniest of spaces. 

Like putting an art room in a closet . . .


. . . or creating a kitchen that's also a floor . . .


People are so damn clever.

So what do you think? Anyone else drinking the small cool-aid (see what I did there? huh? huh?), or would you always get bigger if you could afford bigger? I can't be alone on this one right?!

Loves and kisses pretties! xoxo

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  1. So happy to know about this series-- thanks for sharing lady!

  2. I love small spaces, and I am totally intrigued by 'making the most out of small spaces'. One of my favorite books ever is The Not So Big House by architect Susan Susanka - you would love it {not my style, but the architectural tips are GENIUS}. My favorite home ever was in college when I lived out of 1/4 of a double wide trailer - no joke. I made that joint CUTE! Now, we live in an old farmhouse that has lots of space, but the more nooks and crannies I can create, the better. No soaring ceilings for this girl.... I'll take the treehouse, thank you.

  3. Heaven! Love them all. They feel so lived in but still beautiful and I wish I was that creative in a small space!!!

  4. I swoon every year when the small cool series/contest comes up. Not only are the spaces well styled but like you said they really do make the very most of a small space.

    Our current abode is about 1100sqft and it feels monstrously large to me. I always grew up in smaller, cozier homes and feel like I have way more space than I know what to do with.

  5. totally drinking the koolaid!!! love, love, love this contest for the ingenuity that you posted above!

    i'm moving into a new space ~525sqft and my goal is to have it gussied up enough to enter it into next year's contest.

    You should enter your apartment too!


Your comments make me borderline giddy! Thanks so much for taking the time!