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The Itsy bitsy apartment with huge design – Tiny, Eclectic Amazing Spaces video

MICHELLE JAMES: Being in a small
space really sets you up to weed out the things that are
just there to fill space. I tell people how small it is. I think when they first come in,
they think, wow, it really is that small. I’m Michelle James, and I’m
a product photographer. And this is my 311-square-foot
apartment in the West Village in New York City. So I moved from California. I had 1,500 square feet there
and just had no time to keep up with it, because
I worked so much. I didn’t want to spend
every single weekend cleaning my condo. I wanted the New York
kind of feel. I didn’t want a box
in a high-rise. I grew up in Florida, so I’m
sort of a beach girl. I don’t surf, but I love
being on the water or being by the beach. The painting that’s on the wall
here is where the color scheme sort of came from– the plum that kind of makes the
outlines, the green in the shirt has kind of become
the table. A dress that I had that I had
worn for a Christmas card one year, I was like, why
is it in a box? It’s a beautiful piece. It needs to be something I
can look at every day. By really using paint,
I think that helps to pop some of the moldings. It’s nice and open, but I also
have a living area where I can have guests over,
we have seating. There’s a couch that becomes
a queen size bed. I can also– I have the table that’s
on the wall. I can pull it down. It can become a two-
to four-person eating/dining area. So the chairs I found on eBay. I had been looking for
a specific chair. And then I basically gutted
them, stripped, sanded, repainted, reupholstered,
and they’re the new dining room chairs. On the one windowsill, I have a
Tic-Tac-Toe board of Paris. I have a small little garden and
a container of sand from my hometown that’s a little
piece of home that I’m able to bring into my small space. So another thing that I am
really passionate about, obviously, is photography. I collect vintage cameras. And then I also had some space
above, where I decided to use it as storage for my
shoes, because a girl loves her shoes. So the apartment is
not a studio. I think it’s technically
a one-bedroom. But it is 12’x8′. So based on the size of the
space itself, all that would fit in there is a full bed. I think it would just be bed if
there were any larger-sized bed in there. We built this out
of just plywood. We put drawers underneath so
I had space for clothes. And then I have a shoe cube to
help, again, use some of the vertical space to put some
storage in for that. Based on some of the moldings
that I have in the room itself, I kind of got the idea
that I believe it was part of the hallway, originally, because
when you go outside, it’s the exact same molding on
the ceilings, and it’s about the size of a hallway, when
you look out there. So they just put a
wall and said, we could make this a bedroom. When people come over here, I
think at first they’re taken aback by all the color and
how small it really is. But I can clean in 10 minutes
and go out and do fun stuff in the city. I don’t have to be a
slave to my space. But I also have created an
environment that I really feel at home in. The comments that I’ve gotten
are like, this apartment represents you and your hobbies
and your loves and the things that you’re
passionate about. I feel so good in this space
because of the colors, because of just little elements that
I really, truly love. So I’m surrounded by those
things, and it makes me really feel at peace to be
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Elizabeth Jack

May 5, 2016, 6:22 am Reply

Wow beautiful sweetie and amazing

Angie Harper

May 5, 2016, 7:23 pm Reply

where's the bathroom


Aug 8, 2016, 10:42 am Reply

Very inspiring ? I'm moving out next month and I only have 200sq feet so I watch vids about small apartments to inspire myself how to decorate it

pimprunelle pimprunelle

Sep 9, 2016, 12:27 pm Reply

I l o v e !!!


Sep 9, 2016, 4:53 pm Reply

You could have done a better job at reupholstering those chairs, but the colors are beautiful.

Jacqueline DaCosta

Sep 9, 2016, 7:29 pm Reply

Did I go to "lala land" during the bathroom tour. Where'd it go.

Agnes Lawrence

Sep 9, 2016, 11:41 am Reply

love your colours n decor…love your space ?

Wei Leung

Sep 9, 2016, 7:38 am Reply

I love how personal everything it 🙂

Lauha Liira

Sep 9, 2016, 12:12 pm Reply

did she say the couch becomes a "f*ck me size bed"??


Sep 9, 2016, 3:53 am Reply

…. this apartment is bigger than my own ….. :s

Fabrice Richard

Oct 10, 2016, 9:25 pm Reply

so ugly


Oct 10, 2016, 10:18 pm Reply

"There's a couch that becomes a fuck me size bed" I think she was talking to me.

Nancy M. Cochran

Oct 10, 2016, 7:37 pm Reply

What a creative way to make your space your own. I especially like the dining table and chairs. How cozy it must be to dine in front of the fireplace (assuming you can use it). I like the jar of sand as well.

Nichole Hackett

Oct 10, 2016, 4:05 am Reply

U never show the bathrooms and kitchens!

Faylyn xoxo

Nov 11, 2016, 6:41 pm Reply

Does anyone know where I can get the shirt she's wearing?

joy chlaris

Nov 11, 2016, 4:44 am Reply

love it love it love it, how would i make my house look like this, i have a really tiny 1 bedroom and it doesn't pop at all…

Nirvaana CoffeeAddict

Nov 11, 2016, 7:34 am Reply

Brilliant!! It's just amazing!

Fotini Gavrilis

Nov 11, 2016, 12:42 am Reply

Didn't focus much on the kitchen area… where's the bathroom?


Nov 11, 2016, 8:55 am Reply

Doesn't look that small to me, she still has space to move around so it's bigger than many other places I've seen

Lu R

Mar 3, 2017, 6:54 pm Reply

quite nice.


Apr 4, 2017, 5:56 pm Reply

I am in LOVE with her flat it is AWESOME ???

Anne* 411

Apr 4, 2017, 2:00 pm Reply

The dress ornament is hideous..

Nick Hajec

Apr 4, 2017, 10:17 am Reply

I could do it but no washer and dryer… kill me

A Ru

Jun 6, 2017, 12:23 pm Reply

This is perfect for me. Although I would choose a softer colour scheme

Dymond B

Jun 6, 2017, 8:45 am Reply

That dress ugly lmao


Jun 6, 2017, 2:47 pm Reply

Very nice space and very feminine.


Jun 6, 2017, 8:23 am Reply

So tacky with all the colors and patterns that don't go together. And the dress on the wall yikes

Hiram G

Jun 6, 2017, 6:42 am Reply

I need all that space and then some just to get ready and do my hair… ugh

Hiram G

Jun 6, 2017, 6:46 am Reply

That dress is so fucking ugly! and the colors she chose are so tacky, seems as if she got everything from walmart…

marissa jensen

Jun 6, 2017, 9:55 am Reply



Jun 6, 2017, 12:07 pm Reply

The "garden"… lol

Tracy LF

Jul 7, 2017, 10:07 am Reply

I wish they'd tell what these place were renting for! And where's the bathroom?? Wth? Is it a community bathroom, or…?

Marlene Gonzalez

Jul 7, 2017, 2:58 am Reply

Disagree ,the purple color Is beautifull and well used.The color combination ….love it!

Adam Estalane

Jul 7, 2017, 12:18 pm Reply

This is not small

Mary Anne Brown

Jul 7, 2017, 3:54 am Reply

She has so much wasted space in the hallway bedroom. If it were me I would build a loft and have the bed high up-all that space underneath could be used for many other purposes-a great closet, darkroom-anything but paying for wasted space!

Y Liberal

Sep 9, 2017, 11:48 pm Reply

I really like your color scheme, it's so cohesive. Your place is charming!

Southern Oregon Cat Mom

Sep 9, 2017, 6:17 am Reply

I love the fireplace!

Laura DiGiacomo

Sep 9, 2017, 6:38 pm Reply

What about the bathroom? I didn't see a shower or toilet anywhere.

rosy martinez

Sep 9, 2017, 2:43 pm Reply

What shade of purple is that on her wall?

Meadow Ronan

Oct 10, 2017, 6:50 pm Reply


Alexa Bella Muerte

Nov 11, 2017, 4:13 pm Reply

Lady that is not a garden


Nov 11, 2017, 1:28 pm Reply

All the compact living video's are from either NYC or Tokyo. Big cities with tiny apartments. In smaller towns the houses are big. Hard to get the best from each worlds.

niela q

Nov 11, 2017, 9:10 pm Reply

Nice home with personality..

figgy 709

Nov 11, 2017, 11:50 pm Reply

gawdy as hell

Patriot Jefferson

Nov 11, 2017, 8:02 am Reply

It definitely was the former end of the hallway. The moulding doesn't continue in the part of the ceiling that has the hall on the other side.
Very observant lady!

martine. mjt

Dec 12, 2017, 4:56 am Reply

Very pretty apt.


Dec 12, 2017, 10:43 pm Reply



Dec 12, 2017, 1:00 am Reply

This unit has lot's of personality.

Jackie B

Jan 1, 2018, 11:52 pm Reply

Beautiful home!

Cat Woman

Jan 1, 2018, 6:05 am Reply

Pretty cute actually

ícҽís թհօҽղíx

Jan 1, 2018, 1:34 am Reply

I live in a small studio apt it's like living in a cage I can't stand it anymore. Fuuuuuck!

Brenda Drew

Jan 1, 2018, 10:34 pm Reply

Gorgeous….great job! Thanks for sharing~


Jan 1, 2018, 1:11 pm Reply

Stunning apartment

P La

Jan 1, 2018, 12:11 pm Reply

Her apartment is so cute I miss having my room purple. Colors in a home make a world of difference

Née Des

Jan 1, 2018, 12:29 am Reply

Really cute. Nicely organized. Loved the colors

Tarita Trye

Jan 1, 2018, 3:14 pm Reply

I really love this apartment, the decoration and colour scheme are great. It really doesn't seem that small for one person, its just cosy

Dannette Key

Feb 2, 2018, 1:37 pm Reply

So pretty! ❤️❤️❤️

Zip Polla

Mar 3, 2018, 3:00 pm Reply

Lovely and inspiring!

marie laveau

Mar 3, 2018, 12:58 am Reply

I love all the colors, very beautiful, great style ?

Death Scythe

Mar 3, 2018, 5:30 pm Reply

0:23 is where the spongebob magic music starts????????

Ricardo Sosa

Mar 3, 2018, 2:58 am Reply

Beautifully ,very romantic,abd femenin

Genie Last

Apr 4, 2018, 2:20 am Reply

Your place is so girly, I just love it.

Fariha Reza

Apr 4, 2018, 3:01 pm Reply

Lovely ! I like your idea of another sleeping space and a 'wow' for your furniture. And where should be the bathroom?

Katie Harris

May 5, 2018, 3:25 am Reply

Beautiful colors. The dining chairs made me smile! The apartment is a jewel box.

First Name Last Name

May 5, 2018, 3:12 am Reply

Imma slave to my space. 🙁

Ma jesusa Galapon

May 5, 2018, 1:25 am Reply

Wait! She doesnt watch TV?

Erlinda Mendez

Jun 6, 2018, 1:29 am Reply

How lovely vibrant beautiful colors and cozy ❤️??


Jul 7, 2018, 12:01 am Reply

Hate the purple walls


Aug 8, 2018, 12:11 pm Reply

There is enough room in this apartment for a sewing nook.

ItsBridgette Time

Aug 8, 2018, 4:33 am Reply

Looooove this!!!!!

YD Schools

Sep 9, 2018, 6:11 pm Reply

Love her chairs


Sep 9, 2018, 5:13 am Reply

GREAT idea to hang a piece of clothing as decoration – I have a gorgeous ivory lace with seed pearl decorations gown I love, complete with matching hat and gloves. May get a hat rack and hang the dress/hat and frame the gloves. Very clever table idea and love the cozy "hallway" bed.

Rutuja Mane

Oct 10, 2018, 7:21 pm Reply

Everything that this person has, loves and is, is displayed throughout the home. Room decoration can be such a wonderful way of expressing self

Rain Coleman

Nov 11, 2018, 10:21 pm Reply

Can I move in

Joan Jones

Nov 11, 2018, 5:41 pm Reply

very creative. thanks for this.

Rhonda Armstrong

Dec 12, 2018, 6:56 am Reply

sigh..well done..eye totally agree..my ideal is about 300 ft*ft..glad yours worked out so well..a fan

Peggy Roberts

Dec 12, 2018, 6:18 am Reply

Love all the colors!

Island Girl

Jan 1, 2019, 7:37 am Reply

311 sqft is not that small lol

Tammara Shaw

Jan 1, 2019, 7:54 am Reply

Love those chairs…..

Tammara Shaw

Jan 1, 2019, 7:57 am Reply

Color makes everything better


Jan 1, 2019, 11:08 pm Reply

Those colors are vibrant, full of life…very difficult to mix them up…but you did it…looks very feminine..when you said "we" the other person is happy with your decisions of colors.?

Madd Scientist

Jan 1, 2019, 6:32 am Reply

The color makes the space look larger!!

Janet Chambers / Islandgrlbooks

Feb 2, 2019, 12:27 am Reply

Love your space. Beautiful, colorful and just classy❤❤

Ruth Goddard

Feb 2, 2019, 1:29 am Reply

Love your space,beautiful.and I dont understand peoples obsessions about bathrooms,good grief

Betty Ann Macaluso-Baratta

Feb 2, 2019, 10:58 pm Reply


Julie Montileaux

Feb 2, 2019, 12:25 am Reply

bathroom ?

Liza Roberts

Feb 2, 2019, 8:14 pm Reply

I love your apartment!


Mar 3, 2019, 7:07 am Reply

It is not a one bedroom, it’s a studio.

Marcelle Craig

Apr 4, 2019, 4:26 am Reply

Reminds me of Alice in Wonderland

Cate Dennis

Apr 4, 2019, 12:42 am Reply


Wendy Noto

Apr 4, 2019, 3:27 pm Reply


Eileen Maschal

Apr 4, 2019, 2:36 pm Reply

Love everything about this apartment except the gray seating…I would want something with a back…

The other Alys

Apr 4, 2019, 7:37 am Reply

Lovely ?

Sunnie Dee

May 5, 2019, 3:34 am Reply

I just Love the colors she has throughout her place! So beautiful and I don’t think the dark paint makes it appear smaller than it is. It’s awesome to see someone take a chance with a bold color and totally rock it!!

Madd Scientist

May 5, 2019, 6:12 pm Reply

cute space!
traditional, original 1900 tenement style places in NYC were 325 sq. ft.
families lived in them!!


Jun 6, 2019, 11:03 pm Reply

Very cute space ?


Jun 6, 2019, 1:28 pm Reply


Jo Ann Tukes

Jun 6, 2019, 6:35 am Reply

Live your style. Fantastic. The color is too dark for me. I do like what she’s done with a small space. I believe the bathroom was off the kitchen. Saw an extra door that wasn’t mentioned.

Jo Ann Tukes

Jun 6, 2019, 6:37 am Reply

The latest comment was 4 years ago? Wonder if she’s still in a small space? Update

Daryl Espenilla

Aug 8, 2019, 1:18 pm Reply

Cool. This is amazing

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