After moving into a new West Hollywood apartment last June, I asked interior designer, Dee Murphy, to help me create a new space for myself. Even though the 1950s-style one-bedroom feels small to most, it’s actually the biggest apartment I’ve ever lived in as an adult (said the New Yorker), so I really wanted to find a way to properly use my first-ever dining room, and, of course, also find creative ways to maximize the space. Scroll on for some of our best tips to maximize your own small space, plus a few of my personal thoughts on the process.

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