10/30/2013 01:27 pm ET Updated Dec 30, 2013

How To Make A Tiny Apartment Feel Huge


From Refinery 29's Marissa Rosenblum:

At the age of 33, I finally decided it was time to live alone. Up until now, I've lived with parents, best friends, ex-husband, and one awesome Craigslist dude, it was time to shed my companion crutch and go out on my own.

One ridiculously expensive broker's fee later (good-bye, new A.P.C. fall wardrobe -- I guess I never could afford you anyway), I secured a teeny-tiny (380 square feet!) rent-stabilized studio on a most pristine block in Brooklyn Heights. It was small, but it felt like me. Fast-forward two months later, and I was still surrounded by unhung artwork, a giant pile of shoes at the bottom of my closet, and a bed in the middle of my room. Overwhelmed by the task of decorating an entire -- albeit small -- apartment, I was frozen by the enormity of it all. I had the tools, some ideas, and the stuff to fill it with, but where was I supposed to put it all?

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