300sq ft apt looks expensive with no budget - Tiny, Eclectic, Amazing Spaces video

Uploaded by SpacesTV on 15.11.2012


CHARLOTTE BROWN: I feel like the small size really adds to
the charm of the apartment.
It didn't matter how small the apartment was, you really can
make the space a home and very warm and inviting.
I'm Charlotte Brown.
I'm a photographer and illustrator.
I live on the Upper West Side, and this is my
300-square-foot apartment.
My style is not modern.
I'm very traditional in style.
So when the doors opened, I was love at first sight.
And I knew the potential that this apartment had, and how I
could utilize the space to create three rooms in one.
I wanted a kitchen, a living room, and a bedroom.
I really love the fact that it is over 100 years old.
And after looking for probably eight months for an apartment,
this space definitely worked for my budget, and for what I
wanted to create.
My style is traditional.
I love French country homes.
I have very expensive tastes and a very small budget, so
each item I found I really had to save for.
The first item I purchased for the apartment before I even
had it was the bed.
One of the main elements to living in a small space is
that every item you have has to be storage.
And I was able to do that by adding a bed skirt.
I also keep my camera equipment and
clothing under my bed.
I have a lot of art books that I've collected over time.
So I use the pieces of coral to make it more decorative
than just books on a shelf.

I had seen in a lot of decorating magazines everyone
had the collage of frames, so I definitely wanted to bring
that element into my apartment.
I didn't want it to look too cluttered, and this is the
only way I could really add color to the space.
So I used postcards.
I used some of my own photography.
I used shadow boxes, and my old Christmas ornaments.

And in my kitchen area, I brought in the kitchen island.
And what I loved about it is that it gave me storage on one
side, and it blocked off the rest of the kitchen from the
other room.
So I could have more seating, and also I
could have more storage.
One of the things I did was I bought a big
piece of wrapping paper.
I was able to measure it out, cut it.
The piece of paper cost $5.
I used Mod Podge glue and I just created my own backslash.
I just recently learned that I'm one of the five million
people that has a pink bathroom.
So the way I tried to decorate the
bathroom was through florals.
I added flowers to the bathroom, flower prints, and I
kept the shower curtain very neutral, so it wouldn't
overpower the space.
I've had 13 people in this apartment, so I've been able
to really utilize the space.
I've had a Christmas party.
I've had pot luck dinners.
My friends are all in awe of my space.
We all live in about the same square footage--
some have roommates, some don't.
And I definitely lucked out with the fact that I'm able to
live on my own, with my budget, at my age.
I really love the small space.
I was able to really add my personality into it and my
It's really taught me that it doesn't matter what size it
is, it can still be a home.
And my landlady said to me that she really loves what
I've done with the space, and that I'm
never allowed to leave.
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