Common wisdom dictates that you can’t “have it all.” When it comes to nailing down a rental to live in, this is most certainly the case. One must often sacrifice prime location for spacious accommodation, and vice versa. For Kathleen Griffin, a home stylist from west elm San Diego, finding a space that was central and had a good view meant making some serious concessions in terms of space. Her apartment, housed in a converted 1920s hotel, boasts views of palm trees, downtown, and the nearby harbor. It’s also less than 200 square feet.

Despite its postage stamp footprint, Kathleen has been able to fit a stunning amount into her studio apartment. A sectional converts to a queen-sized bed at night; collections of vintage suitcases act as charming decor and creative storage. While her living space is definitely short on space, it has no shortage of style. Check out all of the photos, plus some of Kathleen’s ingenious space-saving tips below!

west elm - A Charming Apartment in Under 200 Square Feet

west elm - A Charming Apartment in Under 200 Square Feet

west elm - A Charming Apartment in Under 200 Square Feet

west elm - A Charming Apartment in Under 200 Square Feet

Kathleen combines the pieces of her Tillary Sectional to create a queen-sized bed at night.

west elm - A Charming Apartment in Under 200 Square Feet

west elm - A Charming Apartment in Under 200 Square Feet

west elm - A Charming Apartment in Under 200 Square Feet

west elm - A Charming Apartment in Under 200 Square Feet

west elm - A Charming Apartment in Under 200 Square Feet

An old filing cabinet provides storage and acts as a surface for prints and photographs.

west elm - A Charming Apartment in Under 200 Square Feet

west elm - A Charming Apartment in Under 200 Square Feet

west elm - A Charming Apartment in Under 200 Square Feet

west elm - A Charming Apartment in Under 200 Square Feet

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Jenna

July 15, 2016

Where’s that constellation globe from? 😍

Lisa

July 22, 2016

Where are the woven baskets on the shelf (picture 6) from? I have seen them in other house tours on Apartment Therapy and other blogs but can’t find that style anywhere.

KATHLEEN

October 14, 2016

The globe is from urban outfitters and the baskets are from ikea. Both purchased years ago, so not sure of the current availability. Thanks!

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