East Village, NYC
I moved into my shoebox East Village apartment 4 years ago. Last year, I decided to redecorate my apartment with a fun nautical theme due to my lovely (and quite unique) porthole window. I began by painting one wall blue. I accented the blue wall and wooden floors with modern, white furniture. I wanted a cool nautical theme — I didn't want friends to think they were visiting their grandma's beach home.
Since my apartment is small, I didn't want to overdo it with beach trinkets. I selected special items that would stand out yet fit with my nautical theme. I found a cool nautical map and white sofa pillows with red anchors online. I found various bric-a-brac at thrift stores or at stands in Union Square and SoHo.
I am happy with the outcome. My friends love visiting my home and peering out the porthole window. They always ask me where I bought all the cool nautical items too. It's simple and fun yet makes a strong statement.
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