Today we are welcoming Annie Butler to the blog as she shares her cute (450 square ft.!) space with us.
"I live in a studio apartment. It's 450 square feet and I love it with all my heart. I knew the very second I walked in that it was the space for me. The high beams in the ceilings, the white brick and yellow walls, the fireplace and airy windows—it felt less like an apartment and more like something I had built in a daydream. It's in my favorite neighborhood of Cincinnati.
"My apartment is so small I really love every part of it. It's hard to distinguish a single space. Out of necessity, I'd have to say my favorite area is probably my coffee corner. I French press every morning, first thing. The sun rises right in front of my windows and streams in directly to my coffee cart. It's so pretty and peaceful. All my coffee equipment was gifted (my friends and family know my love of coffee runs deep). But the cart itself is a thrifted score. One of my favorites.
"I realized pretty early on, with limited floor space, I'd have to move up on the walls. And because it is a rented space, any changes I made had to be temporary. My pictures turned into magnets on the fridge. My pots and pans went into the air. I didn't have room for a kitchen table, so I built a wrap around coffee bar for the walls (inspired by Emma's standing desk, actually!). I have hanging mason jars in the bathroom and wire file storage hanging by my desk. To make the room look bigger, I took the doors off my closet and pushed my dresser inside.
"My studio is the first place I've ever lived in by myself. No siblings, no roommates…just me. I've only been here a year, but I can't tell you how much I've learned already. Like how if for three straight weeks in the winter all the outlets in your apartment mysteriously die, you'll figure it out. And also, even if you don't believe it, you are capable of building things on the wall that will actually support dinner plates. I'm figuring out how to be an adult here. I think that's why I love my apartment so much. It's this tiny perfect, comfortable, space where I can be myself."
Thank you so much for sharing, Annie! You can find more of Annie on her blog and on Instagram. xo
Credits// Author: Annie Butler. Photography: Lydia Phillips and Annie Butler.
Adorable! I love how she stores her pots and pans.
This is a great post! It truly shows a young budget-limited apartment-searcher like myself that space isn’t everything, and all you need is a little creativity!
super cute studio! I’m curious how you made the photo magnets? thanks for sharing.
So adorable. I’ve wanted a place like this for a long time. Its perfect and quaint.
I love the “hello” on her door!
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This apartment is the loveliest little thing I have ever seen! It’s so pretty. It’s also exactly the kind of space I would want for myself should I ever make the jump of living on my own away from my housemates! Being an adult is all so scary and exciting at the same time!!
This space is so cute. I love how little spaces make you truly decide what is and is not important to you.
This interior house design is inspirational. Adore it and it’s way comfier than one might expect from such a small space! Life goals for sure once we get an apartment of our own! Love the photos xoxo
Such a lovely space! I love the brick walls!
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Your place is so homey and lovely! I love how you have made it into a space that suits your life and showcases what you love. Really inspiring (also love your couch!)
I would love a house like this
So comfy, it is like this warm cup of coffee in winter…
That wrap around coffee bar is so fun! It looks like such a fun atmosphere to be in!
The bones of this place is just beautiful with all that brick. Would love to find a place as beautiful as that.
I LOVE the not-quite-straight assembly of pictures everywhere! They make for a perfectly undone look and add a ton of personality to the place! I’m jealous 🙂
That brick wall is to die for 🙂 And the yellow paint-perfection.
Wow, it is so inspiring to see how you can make such a small space so cozy and inviting! What a beautiful home!
I love this space! That black and white floor is so fun!
Such a cute & cozy home! 🙂 Thank you for welcoming us into your home! 🙂
i am absolutely in love with this apartment! <3