Making 381 Square Feet Feel Like Home

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Making a Home

As hard as it is for me to believe, we’ve officially been living in San Francisco for eight months now. AH! Isn’t that crazy?!

But, I’m happy to announce that after eight months, our teeny-tiny apartment finally feels like home, and I couldn’t be more excited to give you a tour.

Don’t worry — it won’t take too long, as our little humble abode is only 381 square feet. HA!

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It’s always so funny to see the looks on people’s faces when we tell them we live in 381 square feet. The expressions are pretttty priceless.

Somehow, this lack of square footage doesn’t feel so small to us. Maybe it’s magic. Or, maybe it’s because we’re so used to living in itty-bitty spaces — our apartment in Brooklyn was 400 square feet. I’m not really sure. All I know is we kind of dig it.

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Because we moved all the way across the country to live in San Francisco, we wanted to make sure to decorate our new space with lots of family photos. Before making the big move, Derek and I rummaged through countless bins to find pictures not only of our immediate family members, but also ones of our ancestors who have since passed on.

Having these loved ones hanging for display means so much to us, and makes us forget we’re 3,000 miles from our original home.

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In our Brooklyn apartment, we had the tiniest of tiny bathrooms. I kid you not, it was so small we had to sit on the toilet sideways. I see that eyebrow furrow, but I promise it’s true.

Fortunately, our bathroom in San Francisco is much more manageable in size. But, the size we got back in the bathroom, we gave up in the kitchen.

Our current kitchen is micro size.

Let’s just say, it’s a one-person kind of space, which nine times out of ten means Derek is the one cooking.

But hey, no complaints here.

The kitchen did come with an awesome retro stove though — and lots of cabinet space and storage— which I’ll gladly take over space!

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Although our apartment is technically a studio, the space feels much larger since the kitchen is located in another room.

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One of my favorite things about our tiny home are the bookshelves Derek built to hang more of our stuff. I sure am glad he’s handy, because me…well, not so much.

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On a random note, have you ever heard of Artifact Uprising? We stumbled across this company once we returned from our backpacking adventure, and knew ordering one of their photo albums was the perfect way to relive our trip.

What makes this photo-goods company so unique is how much thought that goes into each creation. Not only do they use elevated quality on all of their products, but they also use responsibly-sourced materials.

If you’re seeking an online source to create photo albums or simply print pictures, I would highly recommend them!

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Ok, back to the tour.

See the crazy cool typewriter below?! Would you believe me if I said it wasn’t always this awesome?!

Well, let me take a step back.

I am a lover of old typewriters, so when I found this one at a thrift store in Brooklyn, I was mentally sold even before knowing how much it costs. Turns out, it was only $40! Talk about a steal, right!? The only problem was that it was this nasty boring gray color. BLAA.

Yet, once again, Derek came to the rescue and painted this bad boy. No doubt, it’s now my most prized possession.

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We joke all the time how one day we’ll live in a space where our bed doesn’t pull double-duty as our couch.

Oh, and the day we’ll have a ceiling fan, dishwasher, and washer & dryer. One day.

Small victories, right!?

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Fortunately, this place gets plenty of natural light, which is a BIG win in my book. After staying in a window-less Airbnb for a month when we first arrived to this city, I welcomed these windows with open arms.

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And, there she is. The gorgeous Golden Gate Bridge. The absolute highlight of our apartment.

Never would I ever have imagined we would be living in a place where we had a view of the bridge, but somehow it happened. I know this won’t be our forever home, so I try to not let a day go by where I don’t stop in front of this window and just stare.

While we’ll have more space one day, I doubt we will ever have a more gorgeous view.

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While I might have an obsession with vintage typewriters, Derek sure does love maps. Vintage maps, street maps, city grids, old globes — you name it. They’re kind of his thing, which is fine by me since I secretly love them just as much. They’re not only an awesome way to relive your travels and reminisce on old memories, but they are also quick and easy options for decor.

On another random note, have you ever heard of Modern Map Art? If not, I would highly recommend that you check this company out. No matter the city, this company will transform your fondness of a place into a beautiful piece of art, all at an extremely reasonable price. And, just like with Artifact Uprising, this company uses high quality materials, making these unique maps even more special.

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What would a home be without a good ole gallery wall!?

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So, there it is. Our tiny casa.

While I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to live in such an incredible, vibrant city, I cannot help but feel even more blessed to have this little space to come home to every day.

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Do you have tips for small living? Please share!

If you’re interested in seeing our old Brooklyn apartment, you can do so here.

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  • Bethany Barnes

    loved being able to see your home!! I cannot believe you can see the golden gate so clearly!!! ah! worth purging your clothes!! Can you and Derek come put up bookshelves in our place?? Thought we were never going to get our curtain rods up! Hope Gray and I can come visit soon.

    • HA! You know we’d love to, although I can’t take any credit for those shelves 😉 I can’t wait to see your new place!!