Small spaces with big personality? We’re here for it. We’ve tackled design projects big and small on the blog this year, and here we’re spotlighting our 10 most popular apartment-sized spaces. Take a look below to get inspired, and click on each pic to see the full tour!


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1. Natural Hues & Waterfront Views in Port Chester, NY

The Design Crew with West Elm Scarsdale helped this client outfit her new luxury apartment in Port Chester, New York, after downsizing from a larger home. “Christine studies feng shui and wanted to bring in all the elements – water, wood, fire and metal – into her living space.” See the full tour here!

2. A Masculine, Mid-Century Look for a Kid-Friendly Apartment

West Elm Oakbrook‘s Design Crew helped a single dad create a mid-century inspired apartment that was sleek, stylish and kid-friendly. It’s not a huge condo, but the designers worked together to pick furniture that would provide ample seating without dwarfing the small space. See the full tour here!

3. Olivia Rink + John Philp Thompson Get A Glam First Apartment In NYC

Oh hey, roomies! These content creators and friends moved together from Chicago to the Big Apple, and the Design Crew helped them carve out a glam space that highlighted all the amazing natural light in the apartment. See the full tour here!

4. Creating A Grandkid-Friendly Home After 14 Years At Sea

While the rest of this apartment is large by NYC standards, the bedroom was a bit of a squeeze. The West Elm Broadway Design Crew came through with some creative solutions to make everything work perfectly. See the full tour here!

5. Bev Wilson Creates A Home In A Downtown Brooklyn Brownstone

The blogger behind Room Sauce gave us a tour of her Brooklyn apartment. Bev says she believes in investing timeless and functional pieces that will work in any space of any style, and we think that’s pretty solid advice! See the full tour here.

6. A Sleek & Comfortable Apartment For One Just Outside of D.C.

West Elm Alexandria‘s Design Crew outfitted this small-space apartment for a stylish jet-setter who wanted a clean and comfy place place to come home to. See the full tour here!

7. Apartment Refresh: A Reversible Sectional For The Win

This apartment complex in Austin had a model unit that needed a makeover, so the West Elm Austin Design Crew worked their magic to turn it into an inviting and inspiring space for potential residents. See the full tour here!

8. An Industrial Loft in Downtown Norfolk, Virginia


The Design Crew with West Elm Virginia Beach used creative space solutions in this one-bedroom rental, such as using an entryway bench as a nightstand in the bedroom for streamlined seating. See the full tour here!

9. Cheralee Lyle’s Small Space With a Tricky Layout Becomes A Luxe + Naturalist Dream Apartment

Not only is blogger Cheralee Lyle’s apartment on the smaller side, but it also has a challenging layout (hello, triangular living room!) See the full tour here.

10. A Blank-Slate Rental Turned Charming One-Bedroom in Queens

This small one-bedroom in the Marina District of San Francisco is a charming blank slate with enviable bay windows, arched doorways, and plenty of built-ins. See the full tour here!

Photography by Landon VonderschmidtLindsey Swedick and Carra Manahan

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