Melanie Rieders

Having lived in California, Florida, and Massachusetts, Melanie now calls New York her home.
This Small Paris Apartment Is Full of Charm, Vintage Pieces, and Funky Art
Kelly and Nick's apartment in Pigalle, Paris reflects their love for vintage clothing, flea market hunting, and music.
Oct 20, 2022
A Mid-Century Furniture Dealer's Paris Apartment Is Full of Fabulous Finds
Fabien Eleb is a mid-century furniture dealer who runs the store, à demain, and shares this Paris rental apartment with his family.
Aug 12, 2022
Two Architects Designed a Modern and Functional Paris Apartment
Claire Arnaud and Julien Pasteau live in a high-rise building in Paris’ 20th arrondissement in a meticulously designed and decorated apartment.
Aug 11, 2022
This Classic Parisian Apartment Has Crown Molding, Custom Furniture, & Charm
Alice Gras and Anaïs Seguin share this charming rental apartment in Paris' 17th Arrondissement with their cat, Billie. They are the founders of the creative studio Girlzpop and of the media company, MOYO.
Aug 9, 2022
I Skipped the One Piece of Living Room Furniture You’d Never Think to Live Without
As a photographer/filmmaker/enthusiastic home cook/tea-loving, infrared sauna-owning, pole-dancing bicyclist, I have to be mindful about making my space functional while trying to avoid clutter — and still ensuring that it feels and looks nice.
Dec 8, 2021
Every Room Is a Different Color in This 480-Square-Foot Brooklyn Apartment
Artist Lani Kennefick made this small apartment her own by painting all of the walls—and most of the floors.
Jul 1, 2020
Cool Art & Cute DIYs Make This 475-Square-Foot NYC Apartment Elegant & Eccentric
Each space has its own cool energy.
Feb 6, 2020
This Brooklyn Apartment Is a Perfect Take on Mid-Century Scandinavian
Bybabba founder Babba Rivera's Brooklyn apartment has a walk-in closet to die for.
Dec 19, 2019
An Industrial Designer’s Tiny, “Techie” NYC Studio
It's a teeny, voice-controlled tech lover's dream.
Dec 5, 2019
A Minimal Indian Home Is Inspired by Simplicity and Nature
And the plant-filled outdoor spaces are DREAMY.
Oct 31, 2019
Get a Peek of This Incredible Architecturally Unique House in India
The white house is situated on a corner lot with circular motifs sprinkled throughout. The windows are round, the gate has a round door and windows—even the front door has a rounded top surrounded by a circular stained glass window.
Oct 30, 2019
A Small and Stylish LA Loft Features Smart Space Maximizing Tips
Utilizing empty wall spaces. Investing in a few quality pieces to tie your room together. Esthetician Monique Aquino makes the most of her 600-square-foot rental apartment.
Oct 18, 2019
A Designer’s “Antique Modern” NYC Studio
Daniel's small and stylish studio apartment goes from luxurious bedroom to fabulous living room thanks to a functional and beautiful Murphy bed.
Sep 9, 2019
See Inside This Beautiful India Home Surrounded by Serene Gardens
The front door of this stunning home in India is often left open to let the beauty of the surrounding nature in.
Aug 13, 2019
A Cozy Rented Amsterdam Houseboat
Name: Charlotte Rozenberg and Marvin Fockens Location: Center — Amsterdam, The Netherlands Size: 750 square feet Years lived in: Less than 1 year, renting Originally from a small town in the north of the Netherlands, Charlotte and her boyfriend Marvin moved onto this small but cozy houseboat in Amsterdam last spring. Charlotte works at a local bar and is considering a career as a sex therapist, while Marvin is a musician.
Jul 10, 2019
A Playful, Rainbow-Hued LA Studio Apartment Is Tiny But Well Designed
550 square feet of peppy colors, fiber art, and smart furniture arrangements in Cindy Tung's rental apartment.
Jun 8, 2019
An Artist’s Bold & Brash 450-Square-Foot Brooklyn Apartment
Name: Niki Azevedo and Bennett Harrell Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn— New York Size: 452 square feet Years lived in: Renting 6 years Niki’s 450 square foot Brooklyn apartment is a reflection of the years she’s lived as an artist in New York City. From DIY wallpaper, to rescued portraits of Jesus on the cross, to a mounted deer head, Niki’s personality shines throughout the space. “I am never giving up this apartment,” Niki says.
Apr 30, 2019
A 350-Square-Foot NYC Studio Honestly Feels Much Bigger
Name: Sarah and Dan Location: Fort Greene — Brooklyn, New York Size: 350 square feet Years lived in: Renting 4.5 years Sarah and Dan live in a beautifully preserved brownstone apartment in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. The pre-war space features an abundance of architectural charm, like high ceilings, a floral ceiling medallion, and a gorgeous fireplace. The couple describes their style as modern and minimal, but above all, they value comfort.
Apr 30, 2019
A Creative Couple’s 400-Square-Foot Handmade Home in Clinton Hill
Name: Tomoko and Michael Yates and cat Mochi Location: Clinton Hill — Brooklyn, New York Size: About 400 square feet Years lived in: 3.5 years, renting Tomoko and Michael met in Austin (in fact, you might remember the Austin house tour we did of his old apartment), but moved into their Clinton Hill apartment about three and a half years ago. The couple, respectively from Japan and Texas, describe their home’s style as simple and cozy.
Apr 30, 2019
A World-Traveling Editor & Content Director’s Eclectic Brooklyn Home
Name: Nathan Lump and Charles Runnette Location: Park Slope — Brooklyn, NY Size: 900 square feet plus terrace Years lived in: 1 year, 2 months, owned Where does Travel + Leisure magazine’s editor-in-chief Nathan Lump live when he’s not combing the world to find fabulous far-flung locales? In an airy, comfy Park Slope apartment he recently renovated with his husband Charles Runnette, a fellow killer content creator who works at the Mustache Agency (and a traveler, too).
Apr 30, 2019
An Industrial Modern Plant-Filled Brooklyn Home
Name: Kota Kobayashi Location: Clinton Hill — Brooklyn, New York Size: 575 square feet Years lived in: Owned 2.5 years Kota’s grandfather’s life hobby was Bonsai, the Japanese art of growing trees in containers. From him, Kota’s mother got a passion for gardening. Not surprisingly, Kota has a love of plants, as well. “The fondness for the green is in my blood. I could not help myself but to be surrounded by plants.
Apr 30, 2019
“Eclectic Chaos” in a Fantastic Feminist NYC Rental
Name: Sadie Stein and Lorin Location: Upper West Side — New York, NY Size: 850 square feet Years lived in: Sadie: 5; together, 1.5, renting Sadie and Lorin joke that if their apartment were personified, she would be a 1970s feminist character named Valerie. She’s bold, she’s not afraid of color (or the patriarchy), and she doesn’t take herself too seriously. After all, she does have a “baby pink” kitchen. As Sadie says, “It is a happy place.
Apr 30, 2019
A Textile Designer’s Colorfully Chic NYC Apartment
Name: Judy Ross Location: Union Square — New York City, New York Size: 700 square feet Years lived in: 18 years, renting It’s no wonder Judy’s apartment is flawless; the accomplished textile designer’s space is a stage for her art. Located in the buzzing Union Square area in Manhattan, Judy manages to keep a cool, chic and totally under-control apartment that works for her busy family.
Apr 30, 2019
A “Crafty-Cozy” 400-Square-Foot Brooklyn Studio Is Adorable
Name: Alanna Okun Location: Bedford-Stuyvesant — Brooklyn, New York Size: 400 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years, renting Alanna’s cheery apartment in Brooklyn is the first space she can truly call her own. She grew up surrounded by siblings, next lived in college dorms, and then moved in with roommates. As a writer, she needed a quiet place for herself. As a crafter, she needed a creative space to inspire her.
Apr 30, 2019
Tour a Very Small But Super Sweet 190-Square-Foot Studio
Name: Julie Horowitz Location: East Village — New York, NY Size: 190 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, renting As Julie admits in her video tour, 190 square feet isn’t a ton of space for someone to live in. But she’s made tiny living look easy in her East Village rental, particularly when you learn she also uses her small rental to flex her creative baking muscles, as well!
Apr 30, 2019
A Bold Multicultural Brooklyn Brownstone
Name: Elizabeth and Rac Location: Bedford-Stuyvesant — Brooklyn, New York Size: 2,000 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years, owned Having lived in Brooklyn for over a decade, Elizabeth and Rac decided to buy a place of their own after getting married two and a half years ago. They purchased a home in the historic Bedford- Stuyvesant neighborhood and immediately set to renovating it to match their personalities. The couple spent eight months renovating their home before they moved in.
Apr 30, 2019
A Modern Glam Tribeca Apartment
Name: Kalyn and Todd Chandler Location: Tribeca — New York, NY Size: 1,700 square feet Years lived in: 10 years, owned When Kalyn moved into her now-husband Todd’s apartment, the two were practicing lawyers. Kalyn was unhappy with her busy career, so Todd encouraged her to pursue her passion for design. With that extra push, Kalyn’s brand Effie’s Paper—a fun and feminine stationery and gift company — was born.
Apr 30, 2019
A Former Yacht Chef’s Nostalgic Brooklyn Apartment
Name: Tracy Young Location: Bushwick — Brooklyn, New York Size: 1,500 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, renting Pennsylvania native Tracy Young remembers helping her parents garden, ferment, and cook from a young age. Her Brooklyn apartment is an eclectic nod to her idyllic childhood, but also to the decade she spent as a chef cooking aboard yachts that sailed the Mediterranean, South Pacific, and Caribbean. Today, she co-owns the restaurant Kings Co Imperial in Williamsburg.
Apr 30, 2019
A Menswear Designer’s Sophisticated, Small Brooklyn Studio
Name: Thomas Finney Location: Fort Greene — Brooklyn, NY Size: 400 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, renting When Thomas moved into his studio three years ago, functionality and style were his primary concerns. “This is the first place I’ve actually invested in. Before, I just had IKEA everything.
Apr 30, 2019
The Bohemian Brooklyn Sanctuary of mindbodygreen’s Founders
Name: Jason and Colleen Wachob, of mindbodygreen Location: Dumbo — Brooklyn, New York Size: 1,751 square feet Years lived in: 8 months, owned After back injuries left him in excruciating pain in 2009, Jason Wachob began his yoga practice…and was encouraged by the positive, powerful, life-improving effects. This change sparked an interest in living a more balanced, holistic lifestyle. “It was a real awakening for me,” he confesses.
Apr 30, 2019
Two Creative Friends Share a Sunny, Soothing Brooklyn Walk-Up
Name: Mecca Williams and Ashley Isokpehi Location: Bed-Stuy — Brooklyn, New York Size: 950 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, renting Longtime friends Mecca and Ashley planned on living together well before Ashley moved to New York. After a long and tedious search, they found a perfect sun-filled spot in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The two creatives worked hard to develop an aesthetic that blends their tastes.
Apr 30, 2019
A Tiny, 5th-Floor Walk-Up Studio in the West Village
Name: Melina Peterson Location: West Village — New York, NY Size: 300 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, renting When Melina found her tiny West Village studio, she knew she’d have to get creative. Even though small apartments are fairly standard in the Manhattan real estate game, Melina’s space is particularly narrow. And up four flights of stairs.
Apr 30, 2019
A Charming, Eclectic Brooklyn Studio
Name: Allie Epstein Location: East Williamsburg/Bushwick — Brooklyn, NYC Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 4 and a half years, renting Allie recently acquired a modern mobile, which hangs above the dining area in her studio apartment. In a residual state of post-mobile-procurement bliss, she realized the space she has called home for four years was finally complete.
Apr 30, 2019
This NYC Home Is Like a Mini Pop Culture Museum
Name: Jeanie Engelbach and pup Tater Tot Location: East Village — New York, NY Size: 900 square feet Years lived in: 24 years, renting “I’ve been collecting since I was five years old,” admits Jeanie Engelbach, “and coupled with a design aesthetic based on my nine-year-old self — candy, comics and cartoons — the apartment feels like a tightly curated mini pop culture museum.
Apr 30, 2019
A Serene, Sustainably-Minded Brooklyn Duplex
Name: Leela, Chris and Violet Location: Bedford Stuyvesant — Brooklyn, New York Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 4 years, owned Leela describes her family’s Brooklyn home as a constant work in progress. When the she and Chris purchased the whole building about four years ago, lots of work needed to be done. Their full gut renovations left them with a “Brooklyn industrial recycled Scandinavian” duplex, though.
Apr 30, 2019
An Artist’s “Natural History Museum” Style NYC Studio
Name: Sara Blake Location: Greenwich Village — New York City, New York Size: 450 square feet Years lived in: 5 years, owned Sara’s Greenwich Village apartment exudes cool — prints by her friends and artists she admires fill her space. The illustrator, designer, and creative director moved in about five years ago, and her renovations (plus investing in custom furnishings) have created a beautiful, functioning home in only one room.
Apr 30, 2019