Annie's rental apartment in Hollywood is part of an apartment community originally built in 1924 by Charlie Chaplin's studio stage crew! It may be tiny, but Annie — and her friends — love it. "My favorite gasps upon entry are the ones followed by inquiries to host events in the cottage themselves. To inspire a hearty dinner party is an ultimate joy, in my book," she says.
The shelf/dining booth are both original from the 1920s. Annie calls her style "cozy on the cheap" and gets a lot of her pieces from yard sales and hardware stores.
The kitchen may be tiny, but Annie makes it work for her with some IKEA storage solutions and keeping things out in the open. Her best advice for living in a small space? "Keep as much visible as possible," she says. "Experiment with removing closet and cupboard doors and finding creative ways to display things that you would otherwise keep hidden. In accordance with the feng shui suggestion of a top-down approach, hang household items, frames, shelves, etc. from the ceiling instead of using traditional floor sitting pieces."
(Images: Marcia Prentice)