This Colorful 594-Square-Foot NYC Apartment Rents for $1,700 a Month

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Pendant hanging in light green living room.
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Amanda Data has been renting this 594-square-foot Upper West Side apartment for a year: I grew up listening to show tunes (big old-and-washed-up theatre kid energy here) while cutting up AD and Anthropologie Home catalogs — thoughtfully tacking each item onto my physical wish list with a layer of Elmer’s glue.

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I loved creating a "moment" using this long, hallway table in an extraordinarily small space.

After I graduated from the cut-and-paste collaging days, I obtained a background in the corporate fashion industry, working with over 100 of some of the most recognizable apparel brands globally. The early days of my ladder climbing career is forever woven into the fabric of my story, yet some of my strongest moments of fulfillment come from the creative passions I’ve been pursing since childhood.

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I created this gallery wall using thrifted Goodwill frames that I collected during lockdown.

Soda Fountain was born as a platform for me to story tell, create fun content with flair, and editorialize products for brands that promotes celebrating everyday beauty in a deliciously colorful space! As a former fashion buying/trend forecasting girlie, I also continue to ride the daily high of scouting out and sharing up-and-coming curated assortments of home products that are unlike anything else you’ve seen before!

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My home is an extension of my personal style — colorful, unexpected, and pushing the buttons in mixing prints, colors, and a lot of texture. I revamped the space fully on my own using a lot of secondhand and HomeGoods finds.

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I painted every crevice and ceiling a different color and added wall paneling. My prized possessions in my home are various oil paintings from my sister that light each room.

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This room stays dark for most hours in the day so I intentionally lit it up with a bright white rug and a cantaloupe-colored ceiling (I landed on orange as it was the only color I had yet to use in my home). The quilt was one of my first splurges in my first year in NYC and it has grown with me!

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Texture and print driven, theatrical, homey

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One of my favorite views of my living room!

The living room is a pistachio planet! I also painted the ceilings baby blue and nailed on wall paneling. The artwork I purchased to hide my TV is what brought the room together; I then slowly acquired pieces that matched back to the hues. The pinch pleat curtains and fringe stools are my favorite!

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Painting stripes in my bathroom was a bigger undertaking than I had expected, but I love the result and how much character it brings to the space!

If you rent, what is your rent per month? My rent is around $1,700 and it took about $10k to fully furnish the space

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What is your favorite room and why? I love my living room! It’s a pistachio planet! I also painted the ceilings baby blue and nailed on wall paneling. The artwork I purchased to hide my TV is what brought the room together; I then slowly acquired pieces that matched back to the hues. The pinch pleat curtains and fringe stools are my favorite!

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I dreamed every day during the pandemic about having a room to host dinner parties! We did it! It was executed with a budget-friendly trifecta (Amazon table, FB Marketplace chairs, and Craigslist cabinet). I deeply admire the quality in vintage woodwork and made it my mission to not skimp out!

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? (Include links if you have them!) The last thing I bought for my home are two burl wood stools from Home Goods! I’m including a link to them via my Instagram page!

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Any advice for creating a home you love? The vision was to merge eclectic, rainbow-hued shapes with classic and country style pieces. I’ve carved out an area in my living room to host dinner parties, and I purposefully made sure to buy functional, multi-use ottomans and stools to have ample seating! I use my home as an escape from the busy city and as a way to welcome and host new people. Everyone comments on how joyful it is!

Thanks Amanda!

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