A 450-Square-Foot Upper West Side Studio Is Small but Welcoming

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Green bedroom with bed with wood headboard, framed art on walls, and dog in dog bed
Credit: Matt Gregory

Matt Gregory and his 10-year-old yellow lab mix, Stella, have shared this studio apartment for three years: I toured eight studio apartments on the Upper West Side within a three-hour window and knew immediately that this was the one. I loved the exposed brick and the original hardwood floors — and the idea of living in an old ice cream factory was a bonus.

Credit: Matt Gregory

I painted the green wall when I renewed my lease after year one and I fell in love with the apartment all over again. Aside from my parents’ house when I was growing up, this is the place where I’ve lived the longest. It’s my home and I love it.

Credit: Matt Gregory

Describe your home’s style in five words or fewer: Colorful, playful, comfortable, welcoming.

Credit: Matt Gregory

What is your favorite room and why? Well, there’s really only one room. When I’m on a video call for work, I joke that I can touch my bed, sofa, and kitchen from my desk. It’s a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much.

Credit: Matt Gregory

Any advice for creating a home you love? I think your home should be a reflection of you and the things you love. But also, find a photo of your dream room, replicate the basics (e.g., the green wall filled with art) and then add pieces that make you happy.

Thanks, Matt!

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