A Bright 260-Square-Foot NYC Studio Apartment Feels Much Larger
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Name: Marie K. Stotz
Location: Upper West Side, NYC
Size: 260 square feet
Type of Home: Studio Apartment
Years lived in: 2 months, renting
Freelance photographer Marie Stotz has only lived in this studio apartment for a couple of months, but she’s created a simple and elegant space for herself in just 260 square feet. “This is my first time living on my own after sharing a three-bedroom in Chinatown for years,” explains Marie. “I never thought I would move uptown, but after comparing the size of studios downtown with studios uptown I was sold! I knew I would be working from home for the foreseeable future, so having a larger space (for NYC haha) with great light was a priority for me. Once I started my hunt, being close to Central Park was a huge plus as well. It’s so nice to be able to walk there in the mornings and wander over in the middle of the day when I need a break! I love the anonymity and quiet of living uptown, but I will admit that I still do most of my socializing downtown.”
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: I love anything with a story behind it. And plenty of plants!
Inspiration: Nola Darling’s bedroom in the original version of “She’s Gotta Have It.”
Favorite Element: Definitely the huge windows! Having great light was a non-negotiable for me and it took a while to find something with windows like this within my budget.
Biggest Challenge: I think my biggest challenge was mastering the layout of a studio apartment for the first time and figuring out my storage situation. I definitely had to edit things down quite a bit. Using underbed storage for my cameras, photo supplies, and out-of-season clothing saved the day!
Proudest DIY: I was lucky and didn’t have to make any major improvements to the space. My biggest DIY was probably just assembling my desk setup and chair!
Biggest Indulgence: Because I brought most of my furniture from my old place (or stole from my parents) I was lucky and didn’t have to buy too much! My biggest indulgence was probably buying a new desk setup. I originally wanted a vintage desk but I couldn’t find anything I liked and needed to start working soon after moving.
Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? I don’t think there’s anything too unique but I did end up using a stack of books and magazines as a bedside table… because there was no room to fit a real one!
What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? Definitely my Janie Korn candles — Janie is a friend and I adore her pieces. The colors of these contrast perfectly with the green details on my fireplace. Apparently they burn beautifully but I love them too much to do that!
Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small space maximizing and/or organizing tips you have: Always get a bed frame that gives you plenty of storage underneath!
Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? I always recommend waiting for the right pieces (whether they are new or secondhand) as opposed to furnishing your place quickly with brand new things you don’t love.
This house tour’s responses were edited for length and clarity.
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