Anna's Pocket-Sized Retreat

Anna's Pocket-Sized Retreat


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San Francisco, CA
Square Feet:
What I Love About My Small Home:
My tiny garage apartment has two west-facing windows that get tons of natural light. Since I'm only about a mile from the beach, I can leave the windows open and breathe fresh, salt-tinged air any time of year. I also love that despite being so small, this home truly feels like a retreat--comfortable, cozy, and full of things I love.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
Find multi-use pieces: My bed pulls out into a queen (I once hosted two friends for four days, and we're all still alive) and has under-bed storage. I arranged my books by color to turn my shelf--the focal point of the room--into art as well as storage. Even my car is multi-use: the trunk holds out-of-season clothes in my only suitcase.

Look up: Utilizing every level of my bookshelf and putting pretty boxes of extra linens above my wardrobe is pretty and functional. You can't see it in these photos, but I also placed mirrors on the wall above my bed, creating an abstract pattern that reflects light and leads the eye up, making the space feel bigger than it is.

Be picky and personal: I moved from a two bed, two bath in the Midwest to this pocket-sized studio. It taught me what I really need (not an oven!) and showed me that a carefully curated tiny home is more freeing than one full of objects unanchored by meaning. A home should be beautiful, but it should also be yours.
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