Chu’s very modestly-sized room is actually part of what is called a “1.5 apartment” in Brooklyn, New York, where a roommate occupies a larger bedroom and Chu lives in the half-bedroom. The key to the space is the over-sized, custom-made canopy bed, which serves as a multi-purpose piece of furniture. In addition to being a place to sleep, it functions as a sofa, a chair and even a storage compartment.

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The impactful window treatment was made using a cheap shade from Home Depot. Chu chose one of her favorite quotes from the film Apocalypse Now, and cut the letters out of black contact paper.

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Since horizontal space is at a premium, Chu made use of her walls by storing and displaying her earring collection on a grid of lion drawer pulls.

“When I was little, I thought I wanted to live in an RV, so in a weird way, I think living in a tiny space is fulfilling a childhood dream of mine,” Chu told Spacestv.

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Editor’s note: Chu actually moved into the apartment’s full bedroom about a year after the video above was made. Check out her new digs here.

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