While big, sprawling houses have their appeal, small spaces can often feel cozier and more intimate. Whether you own or rent an apartment, you probably know that it comes with a few sacrifices when it comes to space and, perhaps, landlord-friendly renovations. Decorating a smaller space may have its challenges, but that doesn't mean apartment dwellers can't have just as much fun.
To prove our point, we've rounded up some of our favorite Instagram accounts hosted by apartment dwellers. Whether you have 600 square feet to work with or an oversized loft, these accounts provide plenty of inspiration to make any space your own.
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Though Kerry Lockwood lives in a quaint flat in London, you wouldn't know it from the beautiful photos of her space. Her small space is filled with personal touches and smart storage ideas to create beautiful, curated rooms. We love her use of greenery in every room, which offers a simple, rental-friendly way to brighten up any space.
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It takes a lot of talent and intention to live beautifully in a small space, and Alison Mazurek does it with two kids to boot. On her account @600sqftandababy, Mazurek details her life in a 600 square foot apartment in Vancouver and proves that living small doesn't have to mean living uncomfortably. We love her smart use of space and beautiful minimalist design in every room.
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Jeannie Phan's Instagram page portrays a different side of apartment living: urban gardening. From the roof of her small Canadian apartment, Phan grows a plethora of herbs, vegetables, and houseplants. Her page is perfect for anyone with a green thumb who has always thought gardening was impossible without a backyard. While Phan has taken some time off from posting new content, we recommend scrolling through her feed or watching her Instagram highlights for insights into her experiences.
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Whether you live in a big city or you've just always dreamt of it Disi Fei's account is the perfect urban inspiration. Her Queens apartment may be small, but it's filled with purposeful details and understated design that make it feel roomy and cozy at the same time. Plus, with a beautiful view of Manhattan, who needs more square footage anyway?Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Emma Hopkinson's Instagram account documents her life in a "stubbornly crap rented flat" (her words, not ours). We love her punchy captions and smart ideas for living large in small space. Her aesthetic is minimalist with pops of color and all of her design choices are purposeful and intentional for her space.
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If you've ever fantasized about living in a beautiful brownstone in Brooklyn, it probably looked something like Mallory Fletchall's Instagram page. From the indoor hanging wicker chair that is giving us major '70s vibes to the cute pastel kitchen, Fletchall's apartment rivals any big single-family home.
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Zeena Shah has a way with color and her Instagram page is the perfect mood booster. Her London apartment is filled with bright colorful furniture, oversized indoor plants, and enough happiness to fill a house twice as big. This page is a great follow for anyone who loves punchy colors and mood-lifting aesthetics.
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Posting from her home in New York City, Chelsey Brown's Instagram page is filled with shots of her cozy, bright apartment. What it lacks in square footage, it surely makes up for in style. We love her trendy, chic aesthetic that's the perfect inspiration for any city apartment dweller.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Based in Washington, D.C., Mary Gaskin's Instagram account is the perfect inspiration for anyone who is struggling to decor a studio apartment. Though quaint, her apartment is neat and very intelligently decorated to create a living room and a bedroom. Her account features both home decor and natural hair love, and is a great follow if you love approachable relatable design.
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For some apartment dwellers, design on a budget is key. That's why we love @justbeingkatherine's Instagram, because she offers helpful DIY tips and tricks for decorating an apartment. From easy paint projects to transform a room to simple table settings for your next gathering, her account is filled with apartment-friendly (and budget-friendly) ideas.
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Based in San Francisco, Donovan Ho's Instagram page hothouse.jungle is any indoor plant fanatic's dream. His apartment is filled with beautiful potted plants of all shapes and sizes that will inspire your next greenhouse run. If you're an apartment dweller who loves decorating with plants, this page is a must-follow.