Jen Chu’s Inspiring Small Space

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Photo credit: Jen Chu Design

I’m continuously fascinated by living in small spaces. One of my favorites is Jen Chu’s 78 square foot bedroom, which you’ll see pictured throughout this post.

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Photo credit: Jen Chu Design

What I love most about small spaces are the creative ways people make small living spaces functional and how limitations on size force people to pare down their belongings to their absolute favorites. I’m impressed with anyone who can walk into a small blank space and think, “I can make this into a home!”

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Photo credit: Jen Chu Design

While some small spaces can seem overwhelming if they’re stuffed with clutter, I’m most inspired by the ones that aren’t filled to the brim. I like it when items stand out. I’m constantly looking for inspiration from anyone who can effectively live in a small space and love seeing examples of what people can pull off.

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Photo credit: Jen Chu Design

My co-worker JP and I oftentimes send each other links to things we think the other person will enjoy. One such link he sent my way was to the YouTube Channel SpacesTV. Before that, I didn’t even realize there was such a thing as YouTube Channels! I was particularly drawn to the videos they featured on Tiny Eclectic Amazing Spaces, which credits itself as focusing on spaces that are small in size, but big on design. Their video about Jen Chu’s bedroom is how I was first introduced to her work. From there, I took an interest in learning more about her creative process behind designing the space.

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Photo credit: Jen Chu Design

Pictured above is her old bedroom, which at 240 square feet was 3x larger than the small bedroom featured in this post. Isn’t it fascinating how her smaller space packs a stronger design punch?

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Photo credit: Jen Chu Design

Can you believe her space started out as the stark bedroom pictured above? Her creativity blows me away! I’m impressed by many of her clever ideas – the studs on her shelving, the lion drawer pulls she uses to hold earrings, and placing a quote on the window curtain. Even better, the space appears to be incredibly functional – more so than most larger spaces I see on a regular basis!

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Photo credit: Jen Chu Design

Writing this post has been a pleasant reminder for me that: 1) small spaces have the potential to be incredibly beautiful as well as functional and 2) it’s fantastic when friends know you well enough to pass things your way which they know you’ll enjoy. Thanks JP!

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Photo credit: Jen Chu Design

All of the photos in this post are from Jen Chu’s website. You can be inspired by more of her work there!

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