Making the Most of a Small Space

When we moved to San Francisco, I knew I’d have to take our furniture and make it work in a city apartment.  It was a challenge, but I had a plan:

1-Position two white arm chairs  in front of the window to create a cozy seating area (Marshall’s idea – thanks babe!)  2-Repurpose the file cabinets from our old office into end tables so our files don’t have to be reorganized  3-Hang sheer linen drapes from our old living room  windows against the beautiful arched window 4-Keep the beloved factory cart coffee table and position two rattan floor cushions nearby for extra seating 5-Use the natural fiber rug from our old master bedroom to anchor the space

One of the biggest dilemmas was figuring out where to keep all of our clothes since the closet was now the bedroom.  My husband took on the challenge and found this great wardrobe from IKEA.  It really is the perfect solution to our storage issues.  How we managed to go from having his and hers walk-in closets to this, I’ll never know!

Another piece that was important to incorporate was the bureau from our old bedroom.  It took a long time to paint and distress, and I couldn’t give it up!  It provides extra storage for everything from blankets to books.

I tried to keep a lot of the accent pieces we had in our home, like this gorgeous vase filled with dried wheat which kind of reminds me of growing up in Kansas.

I also wanted to keep the nautical feel especially since we’re living so close to the water.

Finally, one of my favorite aspects of this apartment is the eat-in kitchen.  With plenty of wall space for our pizza trays and cutting board, plus enough room for our kitchen table.  It’s a cozy space, but perfect for two.

It’s hard to believe we only moved in just over a week ago!  It’s my husband’s birthday today, so I’ve got a cheesecake in the oven and a brand new lasagna recipe to try, and I’m just glad we have such a lovely space to celebrate in!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jessica
    Oct 12, 2011 @ 19:30:17

    It looks amazing!


  2. Marianne
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 09:44:25

    Your new apartment looks lovely. The light from the arched window in the living room sends in a lot of light and complements your light furnishings. It might be a bit tight but it looks very sweet!


  3. Diana
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 12:08:48

    You are doing a spectacular job! Quite lovely!


  4. Llanie
    Oct 14, 2011 @ 20:59:02

    Your new place looks wonderful Andy. Congratulations!


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