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Mel Munroe lives in Culver City, California. Mel lives in a 210 square foot apartment. (I had to convert it to square meters for it to sink in just how small that is. It's 19.5) Mel lives small. More importantly Mel lives large. She has put all her skills from her day job as a visual merchandiser and freelance product designer to work here in her little home. Could you do it? Could you live in under 20 square meters? More importantly could you live large in a small home just like Mel?

Thanks to Mel and Jermaine Saunders for the photos!

Reader Comments (19)

Oh. My. Goodness. Kind of like living in caravan, which is not so bad. What I am shocked about is the size of her WARDROBE! How does she manage??!!!

12 May 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKirsty Day


12 May 2012 | Unregistered Commenterzara

Fantastic, well done I have to say :)
Have a lovely Saturday!
Best regards, Michaela - Mela Rooms

Awesome apartment, she has jampacked that place with style!

12 May 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarmel

Hey, I voted for this apartment in the Small & Cool contest over at Apartment Therapy, I think. I'm both horrified and jealous of this living situation. I could stay there for a few days, or use it as a studio space (where I spend 14 hour days, let's face it) but I don't think I'll be able to live there full time. As someone who works from home, I'll feel claustrophobic too much.

12 May 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

Wow! That is most impressive. I couldn't do it. I need lots of doors and drawers to hide all my junk in.

I'm impressed that someone can live in such a small space and make it look so cute. I couldn't do it, though. I think I'd go crazy living in one room!

12 May 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia

So many things I love about this space. 1. It's feminine and not the usual so-simple-it's-sterile small space. 2. Hot plates on top of toaster oven! 3. Did I mention feminine? Full of mementos, cursive script on walls, flowers. Wow.

12 May 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

It's amazing how a small space can be so functional and pretty - well done!

12 May 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrooth

Bravo to Ms. Munroe for staying creative in such a small space. It takes commitment to do stuff like sew when you can't shut the door on it and walk away.

12 May 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCussot

Very lovely.
The number on the door made me laugh though. The builders originally planned just 43 apartments in the building...but then thought "Wait a minute! We could make the units SUPER TINY and multiply the number by 1,000!!"

12 May 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAMR

Have you noticed that small shelf next to the bathroom doors? OMG! This is what I call the prefect use of space. The most striking of all is that given the size of her apartment she keeps it tidy, organised and she can still find a place for decorations! I'm just wowed and speechless.

12 May 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather Hadden

Absolutely amazing! Tastefully done with a lot of personality. I am in awe of the use of space and the perfect balance between beauty and functionality.
It is not about if we can live there or not, this is about making the most of what you have. You look at the pictures and just know that someone very cool (and super talented) live in it. Congrats!!!

12 May 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLuciana

I'd love to know the script of what she has written on her wall, can't quite read it.

12 May 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarmel

Mel proves that even the teensiest of places can be made beautiful and functional. I love it when I see people put their money into their interior design rather than into gargantuan houses with more space than anyone needs. Way to go, Mel!

13 May 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Vintique Object

Dear Lord, this is so well done. I don't know that I could live in such a small space, but kudos for doing it so well! Very, very impressive and very inspiring as well.

13 May 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeone

Oh wow! Small but mighty! Mel has definitely made the most of this space - I couldn't do it.
p.s. No kitchen sink? Does she do all her dishes in the bathroom? Does she eat out all the time? Although - the mini stove/oven combo seems like it would be functional.

Bravo, bravo bravo ! Un petit espace qui est vraiment bien pensé et joli.

Flawless design and use of a small space! I adore it. This is about the size of most Tokyo apartments, where I'm from. I love this because it shows how cool and chic your life can be with minimal stuff. I hate clutter and needless possessions!

14 May 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJUURI

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