Could You Sleep In A Closet? Because This Girl Does (With Her Boyfriend!)

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The minute you move to the city, dreams of having a palatial pad are pretty much tossed aside. But, just because an apartment is small doesn't mean it has to feel cramped or cluttered. There are plenty of ways to make your space look bigger than it actually is, and it all starts with channeling your inner minimalist.

Just ask SF Shop Girl blogger Alexandra Bigley: She currently lives in a 600-square-foot studio with a closet that doubles as a bedroom. How's that for savvy? But, the inspired solutions don't end there.

Bigley recently invited us to take a tour of her tiny Hayes Valley home and passed along some of her best space-saving tips. While we were there, the fashion-forward blogger also showed off a few of her favorite outfits, which were seriously on point.

We fell hard for the space — not to mention Bigley's wardrobe — and, we know you will, too. Apartment and closet envy? You're in for a treat.
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Alexandra's quirky style extends way beyond her colorful closet. We love her penchant for pastels and prints, and how she peppers them throughout the home.
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Utilize A Neutral Paint Palette
Alexandra painted her interior a grayish-blue hue from Kelly-Moore to create a sense of openness. She was also careful to keep the history of her 1930s building in mind when selecting a shade. "A statement piece of furniture, artwork, or other saturated knickknacks will help give the space depth and showcase your personality," she says. The coffee table from Crate & Barrel adds an industrial vibe to a Moroccan-style rug.
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Find Useful Design Accents
The key to decorating a small space? Choose pieces that serve a purpose. "Vases, candelabras, matchbooks, and embellished trays are all great examples of multifunctional, decorative items," says Bigley.
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Alexandra kicks back on her modern sofa by Better By Design in an adorable dress by Cameo.
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We're digging her clear glasses by Classic Specs.
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Look For Bargains
Always be on the hunt for inexpensive finds. "I am a flea market and estate sale enthusiast!" says Bigley. She scored this mirror and rattan peacock armchair for $20, and prides herself on mixing old and new pieces together in a playful way to create a cohesive space.
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Mia, Alexandra's pup, in a furry situation.
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Find Creative Ways To Display Kitchen Items
Bigley has a clever solution to maximize storage in her diminutive kitchen. "I have an abundance of tableware, so in order to free up cabinet space, I have a curated selection of pieces to display on open countertop shelving," she says.
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Alexandra hangs out in the doorway in a gorgeous Topshop jumpsuit.
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Pretty in pink.
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Find Furniture That Fits
"We live in a studio apartment, so when making furniture decisions, we have to be incredibly cognizant of square footage," Bigley says. "Opting for a small dining room table from Treasure Island Flea Market with matching benches is a smart use of space, because we have the ability to tuck the benches under the table when not in use." The beautiful, reclaimed wood of the table is an added bonus.
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Make Mini Moments
"Kitschy salt-and-pepper shakers, patterned plates, decorative napkins, and vintage tins really jazz up the table without being ostentatious," says Bigley.
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We love how Bigley makes her peacock work inside the tiny apartment.
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We're pretty smitten with her Reformation skirt.
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Get Your Stuff Together
"I minimize clutter by assigning everything in my house a place," says Bigley, whose meticulously sorted shoe collection is major inspiration.
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Dress Up Your Hallway
"Your hallway is the first thing visitors see when they enter your place, so don't skimp on styling it," Bigley says. "I prefer to mix in bright accents, including this original oil painting by Andrew Groffman. The turquoise ladder was a quick DIY project, and totally complements the vibrancy of the artwork."
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Make Use Of Every Nook
"A massive, walk-in closet serves as our bedroom, allowing for a separate living area," Bigley says. "Although only large enough for a queen-size bed and two makeshift nightstands, the space adequately serves its purpose."
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Get Creative With Storage
"Creative storage" is a way of life in S.F., where space is limited and a dedicated linen closet is the stuff of real estate dreams. "[Because] we decided to move our bed into the closet, I was forced to find a solution for my clothing," Bigley says. "My boyfriend and I took an excursion to Home Depot, where we purchased copper piping and fittings for racks. I love the result, not only because of its aesthetic, but because it encouraged me to pare down my wardrobe."
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Time to get cozy.
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