Imagine fitting your entire living room and home office into one 100-sq-ft space.

Impossible? Dabito of Old Brand New makes it look easy.

He recently moved from Los Angeles to a shotgun home in New Orleans with a tiny living room, but Dabito styled his way out of a tight spot, transforming it into an astoundingly comfortable and multi-functional space.

Read on for Dabito’s 5 essential small living room decorating tips and make any little space feel bigger and better.

Awesome small living room transformation in New Orleans | west elm

Awesome small living room transformation in New Orleans | west elm

1. Go low + leggy.

When you have a small space, pick furniture that sits low to the ground, like this coffee table. It will make your ceilings feel higher.

Choosing leggy furniture also makes any room feel airer, because pieces like these take-up less visual space.

Colorful entryway - Dabito's 100-sq-ft living room is fantastic small space design

Dabito's 100-sq-ft living room is fantastic small space design.

2. Go BIG.

Even with a small space, sometimes you have to go big. Start with large pieces and work around them. Dabito went with an 8×10 wool rug which is almost the size of his entire living room. It grounds the space and actually makes it feel bigger.

Dabito's 100-sq-ft living room is fantastic small space design.

3. Walls are your best friends.

Dabito uses a modular system to store his books, cameras and tchotchkes all the way to the ceiling. He added a small desk component to make the system more functional, and painted the brackets gold so it doubles as an eye-catching statement peice.

Modular storage in @oldbrandnew's amazing New Orleans home

Modular storage in @oldbrandnew's amazing New Orleans home

4. Art and mirrors.

Add art and mirrors, and you create visual interest in your small space. The only problem is that art can be expensive and hard to find. Dabito turns to magazines to discover frame-worthy art.

So much great design by @oldbrandnew in this tiny New Orleans living room.

5. There’s always room for plants.

There is always room for plants in any space. No worries if you don’t have a green thumb. Dabito buys single palm leaves from the floral shop and puts them in vases like this one. These stems can last for a few months if you change the water and snip the ends weekly.

Mid-Century Media Console - So much great design by @oldbrandnew in this tiny New Orleans living room

So much great design by @oldbrandnew in this tiny New Orleans living room.

Featured: Peggy Sofa // Carved Wood Ellipse Coffee Table // Triangle Edge Wool Shag Rug // Design Workshop Modular Storage System // Mid-Century Media Console // Acorn Gallery Frames // Atelier Stella Vases // Half Moon Desk Lamp

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Dabito of Old Brand New

When he’s not blogging at Old Brand New, Dabito is a graphic designer, photographer, and art director based in New Orleans. Follow him on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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Amanda

January 20, 2015

This looks cluttered :/

Jaimie

January 20, 2015

Where did he find the basket that the big tropical tree plant is placed in?

Rose

January 20, 2015

Lovely as always, Dabito. The yellow door is so pretty.

Hyland

January 20, 2015

I love it! What color was used for the walls and trim?

Jess

January 20, 2015

I love Dabito’s “gathered” style – its timeless, homey and feels like a personality explored in decor. It’s nice to see a room decorated without a style or colour theme when we are bombarded by these things right now. Hope to see more of his work here in the future!

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