Name: Rene Valdez
Location: Lakeview — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 320 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, rented
The tiny size of this studio apartment hasn’t stopped designer Rene Valdez from hosting and entertaining friends. He actually hosts a Christmas party for 30+ people every year. In only 320 square feet! For everyday gatherings, he removes the books from the coffee table, transforming it into a cocktail table. The closet stores over-sized pillows for extra seating. Decoration adorns every surface. And yet it’s a cozy space that doesn’t overwhelm. It’s a magnificent example of maximalism in a compact space!
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