Having lived in New York City for the past 17 years, I am no stranger to living in small spaces. This apartment is my first studio in the city! I love the openness and having a real dining space. I carefully planned out the apartment with distinct zones for living, dining, studying and sleeping all within 430 sq.ft!
As an avid DIYer, many of my belongings are handcrafted or scouted vintage items. I have been collecting unique pieces for years and have also taken the time to repair and refurbish many of them. I hand stenciled the foyer’s painted wall pattern and built the “fauxdenza” from an affordable Ikea cabinet. The stool, the dining chairs and the pair of nightstands were all found at a thrift store or on Ebay that I then painted and refinished. Each piece is a labor of love that adds to the cozy atmosphere (reached within a reasonable budget).
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1. Don’t be afraid to add textures. I am very selective about the colors I choose to use so as not to overwhelm the space, but using a mix of textures adds a richness and depth to the apartment. I also use mirrors and reflecting surfaces to create the illusion of space. 2. Take time to find what you really love (or build your own). Do not buy things just to fill your apartment. Really take the time and be thoughtful about the items you want. 3. Take the time to work on a successful furniture layout. Because space is limited, careful planning not only of what furniture to buy, but how it is arranged is key to creating the right environment.