A 237-Square-Foot NYC Studio Stuns with Smart Storage and Renter-Friendly Style

published May 30, 2023

A 237-Square-Foot NYC Studio Stuns with Smart Storage and Renter-Friendly Style

published May 30, 2023
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Zoe Wetherall is an architectural and landscape photographer originally from Melbourne, Australia, but has been living in New York for seven years. This home — a tiny 237-square-foot studio apartment in Manhattan’s NoLita neighborhood that she’s rented for eight months — is the first one she’s lived in by herself in New York City. Before she even moved in, she says she had a complete vision of what she wanted the space to look like.

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“I put a lot of work into setting everything up exactly how I wanted, so I love being at home now. It’s a pretty small apartment, but I managed to create separate spaces so it doesn’t feel cramped at all. Being at the back of the building it’s very quiet as well, so it’s a real safe haven to escape the hustle and bustle of the city,” she writes.

It’s a true studio — it’s basically just one room plus a bathroom and a small kitchen nook. So not only did Zoe have to consider how each individual section in the home would work, but also how it would all work together with everything else. And of course, she also wanted the space to not only function, but look good, too.

“I photograph architecture and interiors for a living so I get a lot of inspiration seeing beautiful spaces all the time. I also photograph aerial landscapes from hot air balloons in my spare time, and the style of that work is quite clean and minimal,” she begins. “The visual style of my work played a big part in how the apartment turned out. I really wanted my home to fit my aesthetic but still be completely functional, and I think that’s what I achieved.” 



Geometric wallpaper — Amazon


Smart lock — Candy House
Smart light switches — Amazon
Smart light switch mounts — Amazon


Nomad loveseat with ottoman — Burrow
Malm dresser — IKEA
Handles for dresser — Amazon
MALM storage bed — IKEA
Nightstand — West Elm
Desk drawers — IKEA
Desktop — IKEA
Rug — Ruggable
Round mirror — Bed Bath & Beyond
Black Infinity Knot sculpture — CB2
Jewelry box — Crate & Barrel
Vase — Crate & Barrel
AC — July
Hanging planter — CB2 Australia
Artwork — Mixtiles
Light fixture — Amazon
Philips Hue smart light bulbs — Amazon


Storage cabinets — IKEA
Chopping board on top of cabinets — Amazon
Magnetic knife strip — IKEA
Utensils — Crate & Barrel
Light fixture — Amazon
Philips Hue smart light bulbs — Amazon
Microwave/convection oven — Amazon


Shower head — Amazon
Shower curtain — Crate & Barrel
Storage cabinets – IKEA
Removable towel bar — Amazon

Thanks, Zoe!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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