The light! For our first three years in New York, we lived in a studio that faced a brick wall. Now, we wake up to daylight every day and love how it illuminates our entire space. Even though we've upgraded to windows with a view, one of the most challenging aspects of life in Manhattan is still the price tag - not just for square footage, but for furnishings and decor. In our effort to create a beautiful apartment on a budget, we've mixed old with new, high-end with flea-market, and store bought with DIY. Without a doubt, our favorite pieces are the ones with a story, or that we've made ourselves. Though, don't get me wrong, we wouldn't mind trading in my aunt's hand-me-down sectional segment for a new couch!
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1) Don't skimp on style just because you're short on space. Though clean neutrals may seem like a surefire way to make a tight apartment seem airy and open, we've always found that nothing opens up a room like more furniture! Plants, books, picture frames - all these details are what make a room extraordinary.
2) Surround yourself with items that have meaning for you. There's nothing that makes us happier than looking around our place and seeing things that are important to us - the gilded mirror in the bedroom belonged to my great-grandmother, the much of the art was gifts from friends & family, the antique wheat sheaf coffee table was found at an estate sale for $52 (best day of my life!).
3) If you find something you want but can't afford it, consider making it yourself. We put our crafting skills to the test with the ostrich feather pillow, the malachite box on the coffee table and shell one on the bookcase. It's amazing what you can churn out when want it badly enough!