After looking at a few properties following the arrival of her first daughter, creator of  Jade Warne and her partner opted for a tiny apartment close to the water. “I wanted my girls to have that healthy, outdoorsy beach lifestyle – so we went for location over space,” she says. Here are her top tips to help you fall in love with your little pad.

1. Get furniture custom made. When I was in Japan I adored the cheap furniture they made specifically for teensy apartments, but in Australia the affordable stuff is all made for gargantuan houses, which is a bummer for stingy city slickers like me. I figured we don’t actually need that much stuff, so forked out for a custom bookshelf, which is the best investment I’ve ever made: it’s stylish storage for all our gear (books, art, figurines, plants) and floats on the wall like it’s not even there. Genius.

2. Try wallpaper. In such a small space you can really make an impact with wallpaper without breaking the bank. I have  up at the moment, but can’t wait to try 

3. Hooks. Put them everywhere! Behind doors, under benches, in bathroom cabinets, on your boyfriend’s face! These are just a few of the places I have installed those from $3 hooks from Woollies/Bunnings – and I don’t regret a single one.

4. Paint the door. The front door is the first impression any visitor will have of your place. If it’s a glorious, vibrant colour then there’s a 97.5 per cent chance they’ll be so uplifted they’ll completely gloss over the mess inside!

Jade Warne is the editor of  With a background in magazines, styling and photography she finds the beauty in everyday spaces.