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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

San Francisco apartment tour (500-square-feet!)

Blogger Jordan Ferney lives in a 500-square-foot apartment in San Francisco with her husband and two sons. While you'd assume they'd feel cramped, Jordan has actually figured out clever ways to maximize the space. "Even though it’s the smallest apartment we've ever lived in, it's also our favorite," she says. Take a look...


LIVING ROOM:
Here's what Jordan told me...

On creating a happy atmosphere: Rita Konig once wrote in Domino about how decorating is more than just your couch; it’s your trinkets, souvenirs, candles. You want to make the space feel homey. While spending a year living in Paris, we visited Florence, and when the hotel was checking us in, they handed our boys little naked ceramic David statues. The kids were playing with them like dolls, and you’re like, it’s kind of weird, but okay! Now they're on our bookcase. We also display a Fez hat we got during a trip to Morocco, when an old guy walking down the street just put it on Roman’s head.

On offbeat artwork: The big framed purple boobs were illustrations on a midwife pamphlet. The brochures were $3 from the really cool store Gravel & Gold. People say, What does Paul think? Well, he loves boobs!

Five tips for living in a small space:
1. Get rid of everything you own. You won’t miss it. Ever. Returning from France after a year abroad was a huge lesson. Our stuff had been in storage, and I realized there were 10 things that I was happy to see, but everything else I didn’t miss it at all. I was like, ugh, get rid of everything. When you have a small home, your stuff is worth more to you out of your house than in your house.
2. You’d think that art, books, etc. would make a space feel cluttered, but they actually make it feel bigger. Our living room used to feel small, but when we finally hung art and stacked books on the coffee table, it instantly felt homey and spacious.
3. Consider the things that you own to be your "art." In the kids’ room, we display the most beautiful toys, since you want the space to feel pleasing. Of course, we have a stash under their couch where we keep the Angry Bird toys!
4. Cleanse your home every season. Once a month we go through our house and get rid of stuff. You always think, where did this all come from? You know how with baby clothes, you’re just constantly changing up their clothes since they’re growing so fast? That’s the same mentality for a small house. It’s constant.
5. Paul and I used to go to bookstores on dates. It was our favorite date, you get inspired, you know that great feeling…and we realized we wanted our home to feel that same way. So we rotate in new books, and once a book feels old to me, I’ll donate it. Now that we can’t get out as often with kids, our home feels like a bookstore to us.

Shelving cart: Aiden Console from World Market. Swimmers photograph: Beach Exercises (artist unknown) from Art.com. Wooden chair: Vintage Thonet chairs. Coffee table: Ikea (but we painted the silver legs brass). Gold star paperweight: From the Paris flea market. Bronze urchin from Furbish. Sofa: Crate & Barrel. White floor lamp: Ikea. Black chandelier: Vintage. Tree: Fiddle Fig Leaf tree.

KITCHEN:
On making a small kitchen functional: We needed a table for family dinners, especially since we have young kids, but our kitchen wouldn't fit a regular table. So we figured we'd get a long, thin wooden bar, plus four stools, which we can stack next to the fridge between meals.

On flower arranging: People think flowers are so expensive, but I learned a trick from a friend: While walking her dog, she’d always have her hands full of clippings from a hedge or park. Now, if I buy supermarket flowers, I’ll go to my backyard and get some green clippings, and they make the bouquet look like some amazing florist did it. There’s a wild touch.

Wooden bar: Ikea. Counter stools: Design Within Reach. Classic clock: Ikea. Artwork of nudes: Alameda flea market.

CHILDREN'S ROOM:
On decorating a child's room: I definitely like to keep things low. Our wooden floor bookshelves are great for the kids! BOOK/SHOP is the coolest up-and-coming company. They have the most beautiful bookshelves and pristine vintage books.

On maximizing closet space: The Elfa closet system from the Container Store is mandatory for us. It triples your closet space. You add an upper and lower bar, plus dresser-like drawers.

Beds: Jenny Lind toddler beds (from Craigslist). Polka dot duvet: Homemade with Heather Ross Moon Fabric. Lemon pillow: Jonathan Adler. Wooden bedside table: Vintage from the Alameda Flea. Dragonfly & seahorse on the wall: from Petit Pan in Paris. Horses photo is from Art.com. Wooden bookshelves on the floor: BOOK/SHOP. White pendant lamp: Orbit Chandelier. "It's Beautiful Here" hooks: Heath Nash. Magnetic paint: Tutorial here. Triangle black-and-white bin/hamper: Furbish.

MASTER BEDROOM:

On making a room look polished: Our apartment was pretty much done, but I needed a final layer. So I asked my friend Jamie from Furbish, a great store in North Carolina, to be an extra set of eyes. You know how you’d read Domino Magazine, but there was no real place to buy that kind of stuff? Her store sells that stuff.

Colorful pillow: Furbish. Antlers: Furbish. Bedside tables: from Craigslist. White reading lamps: Ikea.

BATHROOM:
On choosing a shower curtain: I think clear curtains make bathrooms feel bigger.

ENTRY WAY/GARDEN:
On the neighborhood: We live on the same block as famous food stops Tartine Bakery, Bi Rite Ice Cream and Pizzeria Delfina. We’ll invite friends over, make a big pot of soup and hang out on the stoop for the best people watching. Dolores Park is down the street, and they have new crazy tall slides and structures by designers. Sometimes your kids are playing and you’re like, Wait, are they going to die? But it’s awesome. The kids love it.

Hallway credits: Pendant lamp: Similar one here. Elephant scarf: Anthropologie.

Thank you so much, Jordan! Your home is so inspiring.

P.S. My friend's gorgeous Manhattan apartment, and a nursery in a closet.

(Photographs by Heather Zweig for Oh Happy Day)

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Lael said...

So beautiful and i could use thsee tips for sure!! That place doesn't seem small or 500sq ft. but then again, for me 500 isn't that small.

Lady Grey said...

It's truly gorgeous - and so well thought out.

Sarah said...

Oh my I've been dying to see Jordan's place in full! I love it. I think my fav is the little coat hanger on the wall for the kids. Such a great way to live. One of my fav places I ever lived was i na 300sf apt when I lived downtown. There's just something so special about those kinds of places to live. Thanks so much for sharing!!!! I'm def pinning.

Hello Sisilia said...

What a quaint & beautiful home.
Love the pops of colours throughout the home.

xo,
http://blog.sisiliapiring.com


Love me if ya dare said...

I think it's amazing how they took advantage of the tiniest space and still have a place full of art, of books, of memories, lovely!

fancyalterego said...

This is so cool! We have looked into downsizing from our townhome to something smaller and more affordable, and it's always great to see how others do it. I also feel like they hit the nail on the head about the constant purging of stuff - I think every few months I do the same thing, because who wants to keep packing, moving, and unpacking stuff they don't REALLY love? Not me!

Heather P.

Mo (New on U) said...

I just looked at a one bedroom that was 525 sq. ft, and can't wrap my mind around the fact that this is smaller. If they say so, I guess...

Faith said...

What a beautiful home! Thanks for the inspiration!

Joanna Goddard said...

I know, Mo, she's done such a brilliant job making it look spacious!

Rebecca Alexis said...

THIS. IS. SO. Inspiring. It must be nice for you to visit it as well, seeing how you all might stay in your smallish space for a bit longer. I love finding a new blog to love! I must find a way to keep my house as clean as this one! so so beautiful! here is my post from today...all about midweek messy-ness. ugh. :-) xxoo
http://pomegranateandseeds.blogspot.com/2013/03/mid-week-messiness-notes-under-pillows.html

Katie Ann said...

The art! The books! The texture! I love it all, what a lovely and inviting home.

Katie

Michele said...

I love her quote on books making the space feel larger. Want a fast easy way to rotate books all the time? Library. We also live in a small house and the way I keep our rooms feeling fresh every week is (A)new flowers and (B)new books from the library.

xoxo michele

Amanda said...

Beautiful! And refreshing. Could you (pretty please!) find out where she got the rainbow ball/pom pom garland in the boys' room? It's EXACTLY what I've been looking for. Thank you!

Joanna Goddard said...

And I thought her tips were so smart, and the closet system is awesome. If you look closely, you'll see that the whole family shares the closet in the boy's room. That's how maximized that space is.

Joanna Goddard said...

Amanda, it was actually from France. Jordan might have more info about how to track it down! Good luck! xo

Joanna Goddard said...

Michele, I totally agree. Our babysitter started getting books for Toby from the library, and since then, we haven't bought a single book for him. The library books are newer and more exciting:)

Design Scouting said...

Crazy beautiful!!! Love the yard, too. Thanks for sharing with us Jordan and Joanna!

Lauren said...

What a great use of space! It looks so cozy and homey and not at all small. Love it! and pizza delifina too :)

Rebecca Alexis said...

I just spent ten minutes pinning this whole post onto my pinterest account! so so gloriously organized!!!

Design Scouting said...

And would love to know where her awesome boots are from ... THANKS!

Jesse said...

it looks so much bigger than 500 square feet, she has such an eye.

Josie said...

On the Apartment Therapy website there is a contest called "Small Cool". You might want to check it out. Lots of stories about downsizing. And lots and lots of pics.

rena said...

bravo to Jordan! and i'm gonna stop complaining about my 750 sq ft place :)

Samantha said...

My husband and I are planning to move to SF, so this is very inspiring!

-Samantha From Blissfully Bossy

Meandering Design said...

I am ready to go home and declutter. I already have plans to go to a bookstore tonight because my coffee table definitely needs some books. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home.

Sara said...

The apartment is cute, but I really love her BOOTS! Where did she get them???

Catherine Masi said...

What a happy space! I love that shot of the doorway (and gold detailing) between the kitchen and the bedroom (pinning it!) and the boys' room with the window adornments. Really lovely.

jordan said...

The boots are from Anthropologie last December!

Lauren said...

So inspirational!

Kipin Alexander said...

Jordan is always awe inspiring. I feel like she retains this mystery about her (even after peering into her apt) that I love.

jordan said...

We just measured it again the other day. It is exactly 540 sq ft if you count countertops! It looks big but the living room and our bedroom are very small (just enough to fit a sofa and bed, respectively.) The other rooms: kids bedroom, kitchen, bathroom are average to small for city apartments. If it wasn't such a great layout we definitely wouldn't have been able to make it work.

Audrey said...

What a great post! I'm so inspired! Their backyard might be my favorite part. As long as there is still room for a scooter, what else do you need? :)

Anna said...

Beautiful apartment, but I'd love to see non-styled photos of it during every day life, in other words, with the mess. I can only imagine that with 2 kids, it can't always look so pristine. I'd love a behind the scene shot of home tours sometimes. It makes things more real, and makes me feel better about my own mess at home!

xo green gable
http://annaofgreengable.wordpress.com/

Katie Lee said...

Love it! Thank you for sharing how you make it work. Your adventures in unconventional family living help me to keep my mind open to other possibilities.

ancestreats said...

Wow, what a fantastic use of space. It's hard to believe that this is 500 square-feet. In nyc, they would probably list as 800 based off these photos!

Leslie

Scout and Rice said...

We are a family of three and have always lived in tiny apartments (we are also currently living abroad and needed to furnish our place from scratch!). I just love to hear about how other families are doing it. :) You really don't need a big place or lots of stuff to make it feel like home - I totally agree with getting rid of most of your things. You'd be surprised how little you actually need.

Laura said...

So great. I love her! She's full of inspiration.

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crushedredvelvet said...

I think my favorite part is the little mini hanger in the entryway for the kids! It's something I wouldn't think of but is great to keep one big one from cluttering and to teach them to hang up their own stuff. So cute.

Shoko said...

Jordan's home is (not surprisingly) stunning! What a beauty!

Hope said...

It's pretty, but I think it's sad she has to live in such a tiny apartment with 2 kids. Rents in SF are cray.

Dani said...

Oh this is beyond gorgeous, simple, and lovely. I want a home like this. Clean and wonderful.

veena said...

Oh how amazing is this place!! I really want to know where they got that white console table in the living room? thanks..

Alexia Mickens said...

Gorgeous + Inspiring!
xx, Alexia of In the Mean
xx, Alexia of In the Mean

Jus said...

Everything about this has made my day!!!!!! You two are the perfect storm. blogged about here: www.duniaduara.com
Thank you, thank you!
xoxo
Jus

Vanessa said...

I want to move right in. Perfection!

Sarah and Renuka said...

Some great inspiration in this lovely home! It's so airy and bright in spite of the small space!

www.pocketfulofperspective.tumblr.com

Unknown said...

Amazing. We live in 1,300 square feet, there are three of us (well, five if you count our dogs), and I know it will feel so crowded if we have another baby. I don't know how they do it!!!

Amy said...

Love this space! It makes me want to give everything away and move into a small apartment! I would really love to know about the rug in the living room. Any idea where it is from?

Teresa said...

amazing!!!! love it all

Victoria said...

I wish I could be 5% as creative as this! When can I move in? ;)

Jennifer Latch said...

This is so very inspiring to me. I am in SF too and struggle with kluge with three kids. I cannot wait to put some of these tips to good use!!!

Here is my latest post:
http://oururbanplayground.com/?p=1432

lizellegreen said...

Your tips are so right, for small or big spaces. Thank you! from a fellow SF blogger :)

sfgirlbybay said...

a glorious place for a glorious family. some of my very favorite people. bravo, jordan! xo

LottiLovesLondon said...

Lovely to read this! Just after ive had a chat with my fella about down sizing to a smaller apartment! x

Jessica @ Lavender and Lilies said...

How lovely! I always dream of a tiny house filled only with things I love and adore. I love her sensibility and I love the globes in the kids' rooms. Amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Joy said...

I've been looking for a perfect shade of white paint for our home, and I really love this one. Jordan, what paint color did you use on the walls and for the trim?

Bri said...

what great timing! we're in a huge house (thanks to the military) right now but when we move it'll most likely be to a small apartment in the city and i've been racking my brain for ways to downsize without feeling cramped in the small space. this is perfect!

Chloe Moon said...

Wow!! I'm thoroughly impressed!!!

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Sarah Berry Design said...

Is that a pretzel toy on one of the bys beds?! If so I'd love to know here to get one! This is such a sensational post on how I use space well and live beautifully. Bravo.

loudfootsteps said...

Firstly, I love what they did, its beautiful!
Secondly, Any credit info on the white skinny side table from living room photo 2? I love it and need it immediately for my small space :)

loudfootsteps said...

I am sooo curious about that as well. Fingers crossed for the answer!

Jess Wilkins said...

Beautiful! I loved every bit of her apartment! Please do more of these apartment posts!

Beth E. said...

I just want to know what their rent is????? The apartment I had in college was 1250 square feet for myself and a roommate to share and it was in better shape and in a big city with sky high rent. I think they've done very well with what they have although I can't imagine eating at that table. I get that they don't think they need much to survive and be happy but is there a reason they HAVE to restrict themselves to such a small space?

loudfootsteps said...

So.. I think its a mgbwhome.com product :)

Mary Jo said...

love it, been anticipating the tour after followinf jordan's blog. super curious about the retracting mirror in the bathroom...where to find?

Brigette Olmos-Arreola said...

I love Oh Happy Day and seeing how Jordan takes advantage of the space! Perfect for my even smaller apartment, haha.

The-Pastry said...

i love small spaces, and she did such a beautiful job on hers. BTW -- one of the best things about a small space -- so much easier to keep your eye on more than one child! i clung to ours when my second came along, wouldn't have wanted it any other way. (just fyi in case you do decide to stay put longer :)) xo

Eden said...

It is definitely hard living in a small space! I feel for them. We have enough space for our clothing and food...but anything extra is just cluttering our place. When I go to other people's houses I am never jealous of their nice decorations and furnishings, but I have extreme storage envy. If I see a big closet with lots of shelves I feel that wistful, "maybe someday" feeling! Maybe someday my husband won't use our kitchen table as a workbench :) Maybe someday my washer and dryer won't be next to my stove in the kitchen. Even in my dark and dingy basement apartment, though, I feel extremely blessed with what I do have. Hey! Some would kill to have a washing machine in their apartment!

Liz said...

I love all of the art in every room, and the touches of yellow throughout.

Also I am happy/sad about the references to Domino, I miss that magazine SO BADLY!!!!

Jenny said...

The apartment looks amazing! I love that you can use your stoop as a dining/entertaining space when it's nice out, and that you're close to so many things to do. And thanks for the boob art backstory. I was wondering about those. The apartment looks incredible and I admire how you've made that tiny space work so well.

Suzanne Fletcher said...

Would love to know where the black/white (cream?) pillows on living room couch came from - love them! Also, the orange rug in the master bedroom - antique? All so pretty.

moseyblog said...

This is absolutely beautiful, warm and personal. I love everything about it. Now I want to move back to San Francisco!

rheajayde said...

It is a French brand called "la case de cousin Paul". They are fairy lights that you can mix and match yourself.

Sharla said...

I love this apartment and seeing people who can be the total opposite of materialistic! I think this is one of my favorite posts, Jo!!

Mo (New on U) said...

The place we looked at was in SF - and I wish the layout was like this! But in all honesty, I wouldn't have thought to do what you did, so it would have never been the same. I should borrow you when we move so you can help us adjust to the downsizing! ;)

joodyjoods.com said...

This is awesome!!! I also live in small space in SF so this was definitely inspiring. Love love love this!

Rachel Parkin said...

Great tips, I am thinking about finding a smaller place next year so this is all very helpful. I can't believe that apartment is only 500 square feet, they've made it look way bigger!

Manda said...

How lovely.
Always inspiring to see such awesomely decorated small spaces.

Thanks for sharing!!

--Manda from Eat Cake

jordan said...

Our rent is great! It leaves room in our budget to travel, go out to eat, and save to buy a house!

jordan said...

The white side table is from Room and Board

jordan said...

We just asked the guys at the paint store for "the most popular white paint." I don't even remember the name, but we like it!

jordan said...

It is from Room and Board!

jordan said...

The black/cream pillows on the sofa are from Furbish!

jordan said...

The orange vintage rug is from Morocco. We got it for a steal because it was dirty and old. It cleaned up real nice.

L. Lewis said...

Zumper just published a study saying the average rent for a 1-bedroom in their neighborhood is $2600, so I'd imagine they're paying at least $3,000.

L A M A R T I N É said...

"Of course, we have a stash under their couch where we keep the Angry Bird toys!" Ha-ha! As a mom/designer I do stuff like that too.

We own a 2500 sq foot, craftsmen bungalow built in 1908 with a large backyard, and so cleaning it is a full time job. I think it's wonderful that her stuff doesn’t own her. And the result is probably more time with her kiddos.

Looks like a happy little home.... xx

Deborah Hawkins said...

I just love this! Wow. How cute and innovative. The white cabinets in the kitchen really open up a small space and make it seem really fresh and inviting.

alex cowley said...

Wow, this is so adorable and inspiring!! We live in a 500sq ft place too in DC!!
acupofcowley.blogspot.com

jordan said...

Luckily it is MUCH cheaper!

Kristina said...

You did an amazing job with the space. I live in the city as well and it takes quite the creative eye to turn some of these places into nice, comfy homes.

This literally made me laugh out loud, "Sometimes your kids are playing and you’re like, Wait, are they going to die? But it’s awesome."

Thanks for sharing!

Kristina
Spotted Appeal

Holly Hardy said...

This flat is so beautiful! So much better to make a small space perfect than have a large space with a rubbish atmosphere.

Kate said...

I'm ready to do a major purge! Great inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

anecdotalgoat.com said...

Beautifully decorated, and fantastic use of the space!! This inspires me to make better use of my own space@

Lstern02 said...

Is there any way you would let me know where you got that beautiful rug in the living room- It is exactly what I have been looking for :)

Thanks!!

Erika said...

gorgeous! I remember when they were in paris, and then apartment shopping in SF. they give me so much hope to even pair down more. I have three kids, a big dog, a big husband (haha), a cat - and we live in a tiny beach bungalow (1100 square feet) by the sea. I keep thinking we could go down to 800 square feet- and you know what...I think we could! love the pics - love it all. what an inspiration.

xoxo,
Erika

urthmama.com

Erika said...

pare...sorry- fast fingers... ;-)

-Erika

urthmama.com

Sammi said...

beautiful apartment :)
the kind of place i'd like to live

Kate Tyler said...

Any idea where her boots are from? Very cute!

igotsapoodle said...

Such an inspiration! Makes me want to do some spring cleaning and get rid of stuff right this moment.

Jessica Wray said...

those four happy faces might live in the most beautiful 500 square feet to ever exist. the outdoor space is a perfect cherry on top

Katie said...

I want to live there, the location alone is awesome! Great to see people living with less, with style and loving it!

Yolanda Ronaldo said...

"Sometimes your kids are playing and you’re like, Wait, are they going to die? But it’s awesome." Oh so funny...

This little apartment is so cozy, comfy and homey looking, what a great job decorating and making it look better then it is! I believe this is a post that I will always remember. Especially for when I get my own apartment!

I am now going to pin this whole post to my Pinterest board :)

Iris Rankin said...

They did a brilliant job designing the space to make it feel homey. The copious amounts of natural light help a lot too. I've been thinking a lot about the "tiny house" movement and what it's like to live in a small space. It might be bit different in NY, I'd wager, but generally a small home allows you - makes you - spend more time outside. The little apartment is great inspiration and shows that you can have a lovely home with less. It may even be more satisfying than a large house since you have to carefully think about what elements are most important. I'd love to see more tiny living spaces featured.

Tess said...

Very impressive, Jordan- and lovely!

I've shared 400-square foot apartments (and smaller) with one other person, and what amazes me is that you haven't had to build shelving/storage in everywhere. In my tiniest apartment I had all my kitchen supplies hanging on the walls, and I currently have a huge set of wall shelves for all my art supplies, linens, paperwork, photos, etc. You all must be amazing at organizing (and purging, of course!).
xo
Tess

Whitney Deal said...

When we moved from Brooklyn to North Carolina, I was so excited to get more space -- it's been nearly two years and it still feels like our 1200 sqft home is huge! I love how Jordan has maximized her small space so lovingly! Living with less is the way to go :)

Lana said...

I love her style, and I have just one question: are those tiny antlers from a pair of jackalopes? ;)
http://www.mondaysnugget.com/

mamaboot said...

I love this! I will definitely be using some of these tips for our own small space!

Erika

Constance said...

What a pretty space! I lived in a 300 sq ft apt in NY but just with my husband and cat... and our apt did not look nearly so nice. I have to learn to selectively purge! Now we have a 700 sq ft house but I can certainly use some of her tips.

I am wondering where she got the animal masks (pig and bear). I've always loved those types of masks but they're hard to find! :)

Sandra Carson said...

Lovely apartment..:)
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Hat Lady said...

Lovely home, and good ideas to copy! Thanks

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GOSIA said...

for me 500sq feet sounds super spacious.... we are a family of 5 and our ap is 275sq feet (the biggest we have ever had. we moved into it after our 3rd son had been born). Well, you, Americans, tend to make things big, right?;-)
ps. the ap you've shown is lovely!

not the big things said...

Love this! I also love the very first tip.I think about starting afresh most months. This has been inspiring.

MRS quasi FOURTY said...

Beautiful!!!

Lynford Rozario said...

Loved your apartment..its very innovative..;)
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ML said...

Love!! ♥

melissa loves said...
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melissa loves said...

Just so beautiful. Jordan has such impeccable taste and I love the warmth & simplicity. And I love how editing things out, let's the really special things shine. Just lovely.
xo
Melissa
ps Love Jordan's response to "what does Paul think of the Boob illustrations?" ha! :)

Jennifer of JennySue Makeup said...

this is the most amazing use of space with 2 kids i've ever seen. i am going to quit complaining about not having enough room in my house and cherish every square foot of it!

Tina said...

The four of us (me, hubs, 2yr boy & 6mo girl) live in a 1450sf house and find that a challenge for us and of our stuff. We're in Canada and spend 5-6 months essentially living indoors. I applaude the discipline, patience, and understanding of each other it must take to share such close quarters.

alisoninlondon said...

Gorgeous. I used to live in 400 square foot, with a massive loft for storage and loved it. The great floor plan was the key. I miss it now that I'm in a place big enough to swing two cats in (I don't even have one). This post makes me want to move again...to Jordan's apartment!

Amy said...

Hi Jordan - what about the black and white rug in the living room???? In LOVE with it!

Kinga said...

This is wonderful! I live in a 600sq foot loft that I never want to move out of and I'm trying desperately to figure out how to squeeze a family in there. This gave me some serious inspiration!

noodle and lou said...

just fabulous! we love living "small". living in small spaces forces you to be organized and neat! and with the great neighborhood, stoop and outdoor space... i'm sure it feels even bigger! thanks for sharing! xo

Kim said...

Cute apartment. My favorite is Jordan's comment when people ask her what her hubby thinks of the boob prints in their living room. "Well, Paul loves boobs." Well said. Hilarious.

gustatori said...

Living in New York City, in a 500 square foot apartment as well, I can fully appreciate this posting. I love how they utilized/designed their space. www.gustatori.com

Emma said...

Think someone else asked earlier but I don't see a response - love the rug in the living room (black and white) - would love to know where you got it?

Lendy Salazar said...

Jordan your apartment is well thought out without looking like it! I love it!! I live about an hour from SF and your pics make me want to live there even more so!

jordan said...

Hi Amy,

It is vintage from Morocco! We got it for a steal and hauled it back to the US.

jordan said...

We got it in Morocco (we got three vintage rugs there for $300 and hauled them back.)

Julia said...

i love love the checkered floors in the kitchen. my fave.

mfelenyuk said...

Some people prefer smaller places. They say it makes for tighter families! and they look very happy to me. (I'm in 380 sqf with cat and a husband and it's perfect for us).

princess butterfly said...

This is so inspirational! I love how she used such creativity and warmth in creating the home, and especially her boys room. We live in a larger space, but now I am all about PURGING to enjoy the room even more. Thank you for such a great post!

kaela said...

Beautiful job as always, Jordan. This reminds me that with some purging of accumulated junk, my 800 sq ft house in Denver can be HUGE haha ;)

Gabrielle - Design Mom said...

The photos are fantastic, Jordan! There was something to smile at in every one. Great interview, too. The park comment me laugh. I don't think I know anyone that works harder than you do. Fantastic job. I'm glad you're my sister.

Kate C. said...

Love how they make the most out of each and every space - sets an example for anyone else living in a similar space who views the size as a challenge!

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Ashley said...

I love jordan!
I have always said smaller is better- no really less clutter, less crap to clean, less crap to buy, (in texas less to air condition) is a win- win.
I have a 1200 sqft home and I often times find it too big. I dont have kids yet, but even so.....

I love small :) I kinda wish I lived in 500 sqft now.

Anastasia from Natbeesfashion said...

Such a great place to stay, filled with love!
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small + friendly said...

Okay, no more waiting on number two just because we live in 925 sq ft! So inspiring!

Chineka @ Savor The Baking said...

I love the idea of cleansing your home monthly and the rotation of books. The book cart is a great idea.

wllwproject said...

It doesn't look cramp at all! Looks like Jordan has utilised every inch VERY WELL!

rubyandjoy said...

This placed is absolutely gorgeous! LOVE the coffee table piled high with books, and looove the big indoor plant. Just love it all.

Liana Sanjana said...

Funny you should ask! I just wrote a post about our new dining room table. We've lived with an oval dining table that only sat 8 with both leaves in, but now that we are a family of 6, we needed something larger to accommodate us and our guests. However, I think these round tables are a great option for smaller gatherings, and I love all of the ones you featured. I need to go back and look closely at the chairs that were paired with them, as that's the next purchase I need to make :)

stephanie said...

Love this!

Do you happen to know the name/artist of the piece that's next to the boob art in the corner? :) Looks like a beautiful beach shot.

Ms. mammoth said...

Where did the alligator with wheels in the boys room come from? I saw one years ago and have been hunting for it ever since!

Meg G. said...

Jordan, stunning apartment. You've got a way with making spaces special. I love those family shots on the porch. Love from Paris!

lyndsay said...

this is so great! Love the little stories behind the wall art and trinkets. It feels naturally homey, modern yet vintage, and personal, perfect mix!

great tips, too - (love how the angry birds toys are hidden, heehee) and i love that HUGE cartoon-like plant in the living room!

Michelle said...

Ok, totally inspired to clean out all of our crap now! I have been wanting to see her new place so bad, its of course, as awesome as all of her places isn't it! Love the boob pictures, exactly the kind of thing I would do.

spidermonkey said...

Do you have a source for the great wall lamps in the kids room with those extender arms? very inspired by this house and will quit complaining about the size of my house (1000 sq feet)

Katie said...

What a gorgeous apartment! Can you let me know where you got your bedlinen. I love it.

Emma said...

Thanks for the reply! Your home (and family!) are beautiful.

megan said...

such a lovely and inspiring home. i'm a huge fan of the mini coat rack for the kids. any chance you can tell me where it is from? thanks!

jordan said...

Hi stephanie,

The beach painting is by my husband Paul. www.paulferney.com I love it too!

jordan said...

I bought it at a boutique in Paris. But I see they carry it here too: http://www.landofnod.com/croc-pull-toy/s325468

jordan said...

I got those from a store called BHV in Paris and changed out the wiring with red cord and a US plug. The lamps were about 30 Euros each.

jordan said...

The grey linen comforter and green blanket are from a website in France called Ampm. The pillows are all from Furbish.

jordan said...

The red mini coatrack I found at a flea market.

Katie said...

Thanks Jordan :)

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Courtney said...

Absolutely in love with this. What a great concept: some things are worth more out of your house than in it. I've never been one to hold on to too much, but this is a good reminder that you can always shed more. Off to clear some clutter....

lauralcharles said...

We live in a small apartment too! Big for London standards, small for elsewhere. I clear my house out 4 times a year and usually have got 4 or 5 bags to give away each time - can't imagine how much more you'd have with kids!

We really do just accumulate 'STUFF.' x

Mina said...

Gorgeous place. Love the kids' room and her taste in rugs! : ) Beautiful place.

Jennifer said...

The mirror is from IKEA and it's like 5 bucks!

Randall Cogburn said...

Nice apartment, wonder how much it rents for. Awesome, love it.

~Randall

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Oh, thank heaven for this post! My husband and I just put in an offer on an amazing little 800 sq. foot cottage. We have a 4 year old daughter and these tips will really be of service in maximizing our small space! Thank you!

Unknown said...

Oh, thank heaven for this post! My husband and I just put in an offer on an amazing little 800 sq. foot cottage. We have a 4 year old daughter and these tips will really be of service in maximizing our small space! Thank you!

Unknown said...

Oh, thank heaven for this post! My husband and I just put in an offer on an amazing little 800 sq. foot cottage. We have a 4 year old daughter and these tips will really be of service in maximizing our small space! Thank you!

Unknown said...

Oh, thank heaven for this post! My husband and I just put in an offer on an amazing little 800 sq. foot cottage. We have a 4 year old daughter and these tips will really be of service in maximizing our small space! Thank you!

Judy from Big Baby Small Space said...
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Judy from Big Baby Small Space said...

Love, love, love the Magnet Wall. Popping over to Jordan's site, it doesn't look that hard to do. I've always been reluctant to create a blackboard wall in fear that the kids will start to think every wall is available for coloring. But magnets, that's brilliant.

Another thing that has inspired me is to put up more art work in my home to make it look cozier, instead of just small. I created a whole blog on living in a small space with a growing family, http://bigbabysmallspace.com. While I implement this in my kid's room, not so much outside of it.

Thanks for the inspiration. I'm brewing with ideas now!

Taryn Louise said...

love this post! I hope one day I can channel this kind of beautiful design into my home!

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GORGEOUS! Oh my gosh, I'm in love with this place. Usually when I see tiny apartments that are well decorated I think, "But where is all your stuff?! Your clothes, your dishes, your pots and pans?!" But there it all is! This home is liveable and beautiful and well decorated and simplistic but warm. I absolutely love it.

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Chop said...

LOVE IT!! Amazing use of space and I wish I could just throw all my stuff out....but it's soooo scary. If you don't mind, where did you find the hall coat rack that you have your scarves on? LURVE it

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Renae said...

I know, I had a 450 sq foot place in Seattle that felt a lot smaller. The layout of a place can make a huge difference. This is a great space, love all the colors and layering! Very inspiring!

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Morgan said...

Beautiful! What a beautiful apartment.

Is that a real fiddle leaf fig? It looks too good to be true! If not - Joanna would you please sure where you found such a fabulous faux? I've just killed my first...

Thank you!!

klepsidraes said...

very nice apartment

turf828 said...

I agree! I would love to see everyday life there. I totally love this home tour, and I can't stop looking at it. So beautifully done! I did look at Jordan's blog, and I am wondering where she does all her crafts and projects and where she houses her supplies. Keeping arts and crafts reined in is big challenge in our home with two little girls. :) Thank you for sharing!
-Teresa

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Lena said...

I wish I'd known where is the rack "it's beautiful here" from? Gorgeous! Love Jordan's blog. And her sister Gabi's as well.

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Thanks for sharing these simple tips to optimize a small living space. These ideas can be used by homeowners while exploring home renovation options to change the look and feel of their apartments.

Anni said...

I love this. We so want to move to San Francisco, and the Mission is our top neighborhood choice. I know we'll likely have to live in a closet, coming from Chicago rent prices (and with a dog) but this gives me hope that we can at least make it homey!

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Casey Botta said...

Jordan! This is really beautiful.

what paint did you use on the coffee table legs? It's such a great detail

Trish said...

This is ridiculous!! Do you realise how small 500 square feet is?? Are these people trying to prove some crazy point? And they're rearing children, to boot.

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Olivia Huntingford said...

I love the fact you have some framed Karl Blossfeldt photographs in your bathroom - I want them.

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Patrick Tan said...

You do have some great tips there. Living in a smaller space can really be challenging design wise. But you can always do it in a very creative way. If i may add, multi purpose items are also good in small space living.

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Mary Ruthrina Ofalla said...

I love the interior of the house. The warm ambiance is good and I think that makes the whole space really suitable for a family to live in. I also like how the white color of the walls matches all the lovely decors inside it, especially the paintings. The interior is similar to Edinburgh apartments I saw last year and it looks amazing just like this one.

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These pictures are so pretty, I had to come back to check them up again. SF is my favorite city right after New York and I would love to live there in a house like this. So so lovely!! Http://katisway.blogspot.com

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