A 350-Square-Foot Studio Apartment Cleverly Repurposes a Clothing Rack as a Room Divider

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Credit: Liza Taney

Name: Liza Taney
Location: Upper East Side — New York, NY
Type of home: Studio Apartment
Size: 350 square feet
Years lived in: 10 months, renting

Credit: Liza Taney
DIsco ball #2 and my favority investment — the pink couch.

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: 2020 was a chaotic year for so many different reasons, and I’m incredibly thankful to have spent a majority of it in this space.

Credit: Liza Taney

This is my first solo apartment — I can’t say I had a style plan going into it, but I knew I wanted the space to feel familiar and uplifting given that staying inside was the best thing for everyone. Despite being one room, I definitely feel like I’ve created a place that feels like home.

Credit: Liza Taney
Peel-and-stick tile single handedly saved my kitchen.

I’m a nostalgic person, and that definitely comes through in the details around the apartment. There are personal details — like the Liza Minnelli record my mom gave me, and a painting from my dad [from] my grandparent’s house. But there are also less personal details that I still consider “nostalgic.” Like the sketch of “Helen” in my entryway that I found at Housing Works (there’s a beautiful note from her son on the back of the frame), and the many things I’ve found on the sidewalk/in the my building’s trash room on trash day (who throws out a perfectly good snake plant?!). One person’s trash is another’s treasure, I guess?

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Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Colorful, mid-centry modern hodgepodge

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The infamous (read: famous) disco ball.

What is your favorite room and why? I spend a majority of my time in the living area, so we’ll go with that! However, the disco ball in the bathroom skylight was a huge leap of faith and makes that room a close second.

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My WFH space.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I guess it wasn’t really “bought” or “found,” but the last thing I added to the space was the portrait of my grandmother on my work desk! I had loved the painting from a young age, and my mom had it re-framed and gave it to me for Christmas this year. Both one of the best parts of the apartment and the best Christmas gift I’ve ever received.

Credit: Liza Taney
I repurposed a clothing rack from my last apartment to use plants as a room divider.

Any advice for creating a home you love? Don’t get too caught up in “trends” or following a specific style by-the-book. Those things can be a great guide, but whatever direction you go in, make sure it’s based around items that make you feel most at home.

Credit: Liza Taney
The first thing you see when you walk in — reminder courtesy of @rayoandhoney!

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