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Home Tour Reveal – How to Decorate a Small Studio or Apartment

June 25, 2018
jenny tran home decor home tour

Welcome to my home studio tour! Just a month ago I decided to live the dream and move into a high rise in San Francisco, which only meant one thing, LIMITED SPACE! Literally going from a comfortable 1 bedroom to a 500 sq. ft. place has been quite the challenge! I had 3 basic requirements (1) be closer to work (2) view of the bay bridge and (3) LOTS of sunlight! The most exciting part of this whole experience was envisioning how I wanted to decorate my new place!

Step 1: Have a Vision

Get ideas from IG or Pinterest OR find a local interior designer to help you. I got lucky and found Bill Burns Design who had over 20+ years of experience and worked with top brands like Pottery Barn. All I did was send him a panoramic picture of my unit, gave him ideas of what I wanted, sent him furniture that I already had, and he sketched it out! He really helped reduce my stress level throughout this move. He is AWESOME to work with and has become a really great friend. Check him out on his website or IG!

Step 2: Have a Plan

Have a budget. Find coupons for larger furniture items or wait for a big sale. I was able to sell a lot of my old furniture to get new ones. I use Craigslist, Letgo, and Facebook.

Step 3: Make time to Execute your Vision!

It’s time to go shopping! Be smart and not everything has to be an impulse buy. I love getting a mix of high end brands like AnthropologieCrate & Barrel, CB2, West Elm, Nordstrom, Pier 1 Imports, Wayfair, Houzz for the bigger purchases. Then for the rest of the items, I love Target, World Market Cost PlusNordstrom Rack, Urban Outfitters, Amazon, Homegoods or Marshalls.


jenny tran home decor pink couch

First, the trick is to find a statement piece and then all else will follow. In this case, I knew I wanted a velvet pink couch and spent a lot of time finding the right one. Then I got the acrylic coffee table since I wanted an illusional effect.

LIVING ROOM DECOR : couch (similar here or here) // marble and gold laptop table // acrylic coffee table // faux fur white rug // white pouf ottoman // geometric object decor // mongolian lamb fur pillows // gold lamp


jenny tran home decor desk

The next most important thing for me was my deskspace (especially when the bay bridge is the reflection)! I’m always at my desk working and knew I needed the perfect space to get my creativity juices always flowing.

DESK DECOR: desk (similar)// gold mirror // velvet grey chair // sonos music player // alexa echo dot // echo dot sleeve case // succulent mouse pad // gold geometric sphere // gold lamp (similar). check this post for how I automate my home.

jenny tran home decor home reveal bedroom goals

jenny tran home decor home reveal

My bedroom decor was also a very important part of the design because it’s a studio, so there is nothing really to separate my living room and bedroom. It’s all kind of right there as you enter. Most of my furniture remained the same with a few small decor changes.

BEDROOM DECOR: white tufted bedframe // white knit blanket throw // gold round mirror // pink velvet pillows // gold knobs replacement for night stand // silver vase // pink vase // pink peonies // green faux monstera leaf

jenny tran home decor

jenny tran home decor

I have a little more work to do on this space, but the idea is to have a nice dinner or a glass of wine with a view! I also plan to use it as a little nook area for down time. The acrylic ghost chairs was the perfect idea!

NOOK/DINING DECOR: acrylic ghost chairs // marble tulip table // white vase // white faux cherry blossom flowers // diptyque baies candle // gold floor lamp

jenny tran home decor media console gold

LIVING ROOM DECOR: media console // gold knobs replacement // gold floor standing mirror // white pouf ottoman //faux fur white rug //geometric object decor 

That’s all for now friends! Come back for more detailed tours of each room!



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    October 11, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Not bad, Jenny!

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    September 27, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Hey! I love the cream/gold decorative pillow that’s on your couch. Where did you find it from?

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      October 5, 2018 at 3:07 am

      Hi Kendall! Thanks! It’s from Pier 1 Imports but they don’t have the exact one anymore, here’s a bunch of similar ones on their site! https://rstyle.me/n/c9vuvcce38x

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    July 27, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Girl…your place is GOALS! I am thinking of downsizing to save for a downpayment. This gives me hope that I can make it work. And thank you for sharing the name of your designer!

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      September 7, 2018 at 1:28 am

      Omg of course! Sorry for the delay, and yes you can totally make any small space work and have fun with it!

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    July 20, 2018 at 4:23 am

    I love the floor mirror to the left of the desk. Could you provide the source? Thanks!

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    July 6, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Hi Jenny! Do you have a link/store name for where you got your nightstand from?! I love the look and size of it!

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    June 29, 2018 at 2:27 am

    Hi Lediy! The exact desk is here: https://rstyle.me/n/c575edce38x. For the couch, that one is from HD Butter Cup but they no longer sell it, the closest thing to it is here: http://rstyle.me/iA-n/c5b6wfce38x. Have fun decorating your smaller space!

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    June 28, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Love this look! I want to downsize and this gives me hope. May you please link the exact couch and desk?

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