It Was the Beautiful Bathroom That Sold This Renter on Her 415-Square-Foot Queens Studio

published Aug 14, 2023

It Was the Beautiful Bathroom That Sold This Renter on Her 415-Square-Foot Queens Studio

published Aug 14, 2023
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It was the bathroom that sold Jhenene on renting this small, 415-square-foot Queens studio apartment. “I have never had a bathroom this nice in my life!” she begins. “I literally love it so much that sometimes I just walk in the bathroom and sit for no reason. I know it might sound silly to pick an apartment because of its bathroom, but finding an apartment with a decent bathroom is really difficult in New York. There are a lot of prewar buildings here, and sadly many owners/landlords don’t like to spend money renovating bathrooms because it can get pricey, so it’s actually common to have bathrooms that are a bit outdated, and in some cases worn-down, so I feel blessed to have a beautiful bathroom.”

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The bathroom isn’t the only beautiful thing in Jhenene’s home, which she’s rented for about two months. This “content creator with a 9-5” had outgrown her previous apartment, a 600-square-foot studio, and looked for about a year before finding this space, which Jhenene thinks feels much larger, thanks to all the natural light. 

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But Jhenene hasn’t let the small apartment size limit her decor style. “I’ve always been a maximalist,” she begins. “My motto is ‘more is more.’ I just love little tchotchkes, and if it’s gold and glam that’s even better. I like to have balance, but when a space is too minimalistic it feels cold to me. I love feeling warmth! I don’t want my place to feel like a museum; I want people to come in and feel like they are in a safe space. I want it to be a vibe!” 

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Another thing Jhenene doesn’t limit herself to is small furniture. “Don’t be afraid of putting full-size furniture in your tiny space,” she advises. “When I first moved into this apartment I thought I would need to downsize my bed and chairs, as I was working with less square footage. I’m honestly so glad I followed my gut and went with regular-size furniture. Sometimes if you go too small it can make your space feel more cramped.”

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Thanks, Jhenene!

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