A Traditional New York Apartment Masters Eclectic Maximalism
Name: Ainsley Gardner, Brandon Stewart, and Betty Cat Location: Chelsea — New York City Size: 737 square feet Years Lived In: 1 year, renting “One of the challenges of living in a newer rental is trying to bring character to the space without making permanent changes,” explained Ainsley Gardner, who’s been sharing this rental apartment in Chelsea with her partner Brandon and their cat, Betty.
Apr 30, 2019
Two Dogs, Two People, and 175 Plants Share 750 Square Feet in NYC
The Apartment Botanist, Alessia Resta, shares a peek into her small home filled with hip decor and TONS of plants.
Apr 29, 2019
A Cozy New York Apartment Blends Boho and Hygge
Lifestyle blogger Tanika's home is super cozy with added hints of boho charm.
Apr 16, 2019
A Creative Couple’s 420-Square-Foot Studio in Hell’s Kitchen
Will and Kate don't just share this small studio apartment — they make it look stylish and easy!
Apr 14, 2019
A Glorified Studio’s Glorious Minimal Makeover Lets the Light In
Name: Paige Hansen Location: Union Square — New York, NY Size: 500 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, owned “My apartment is more than just a place I live; it has become a source of happiness, comfort, and connectedness to this city, my friends, and myself.
Mar 21, 2019
Michelle’s French-Fashioned West Village Atelier
Name: Michelle Lin Greenip Location: West Village, New York Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 6 years; Rented Out the window, there’s a tumble of rooftops and a church steeple or two. Inside, a palette plucked from Ladurée, lavender fields, Hermés boxes and champagne labels, with a bit of gilding for good measure. While it’s one part atelier, including an artist’s garret of sorts, it’s the West Village, not the Left Bank.
Feb 20, 2019
Jessica’s West Village Life
Name: Jessica Bowers – founder of West Village Life Location: West Village, NYC Size: 1 Bedroom/1 Bath Years lived in: Under 1 year; Rent Nestled on a charming street in the West Village, lives Jessica, founder and author of the popular Instagram @WestVillageLife, an account that shares the many charms of this historic neighborhood with its nearly 30K followers. It’s no surprise that her eye for detail and style extends into her personal space as well as her photography.
Feb 20, 2019
Meaningful Minimalism on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Name: Michelle & Jeffrey Alves de Lima-Miller (plus Amélie & Lester, our cats) Location: New York, New York Size: 650 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years; owned. In a beautiful old building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side live Michelle, Jeffrey, and their two cats. Soon they’ll be adding a new little one to the mix, and moving to a larger and more family-friendly apartment in Brooklyn. But just a few days before their move, they welcomed me to their lovely home.
Feb 20, 2019
A 325-Square-Foot West Village Studio Feels Much Larger Than It Is
Name: Jennifer Pade Location: West Village, New York, New York Size: 325 square feet Years lived in: 17 years You may know Jennifer’s apartment from her Renovation Diary, where we chronicled the transformation of her tiny kitchen from a crumbling disaster to a sleek, modern space. After all the dust settled, Jennifer graciously invited us back to get a look at the rest of her space.
Feb 20, 2019
Ashley’s Memory-Filled West Village Studio
Name: Ashley Clauss, of CLAUSS & CO., a communications consultancy specializing in brand strategy, public relations and event production. Location: West Village; New York, New York Size: 400 square feet Years lived in: 6 years; Rented Diligent editing and an honest desire to be surrounded in her apartment only by things she loves has served Ashley Clauss very well.
Feb 20, 2019
A “Rebellious Chic” Tiny 224-Square-Foot NYC Apartment
"My inspiration is based on my constant search for peculiar elements in objects I find from places everywhere."
Feb 20, 2019
Kate’s West Village Charm
Name: Kate McKeon Location: West Village; New York, New York Size: 500 square feet Years lived in: 2 years Welcome to Kate’s light-filled, colorful home in New York’s West Village. This small-ish apartment is home to Kate and her Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Lady, and also serves as her office (she works from home).
Feb 20, 2019
Allison & Matt’s East Village Synergy
Name: Allison + Matt Location: East Village (Alphabet City); New York, New York Size: 750 square feet Years lived in: 9 months Allison and Matt moved into this one-bedroom apartment, their first as a couple, nine months ago. Together they’ve created a space that’s a perfect reflection of their roots (he’s from Tennessee, and she’s from Seattle), their mutual love of travel, and their new life together.
Feb 20, 2019
Brett & Betsy’s West Village Ingenuity
Name: Brett & Betsy Leonhardt (and Suze and Lola the bulldogs) Location: West Village; New York, New York Size: 515 square feet Years lived in: 2 We’re continually impressed by the ingenuity of apartment dwellers who manage to fit a huge variety of functions into a very small space. Case in point: Brett and Betsy’s West Village apartment, whose main room multitasks as a living room, dining room, workspace, and kitchen, all without sacrificing style.
Feb 20, 2019
Theo’s Small, Streamlined Two-Bedroom in Hell’s Kitchen
Name: Theodore Venable Location: Hell’s Kitchen — New York, NY Size: 380 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Rented Theo recently relocated to New York City from Chicago with all of his belongings, and like any transplant coming to NYC, he was faced with the difficult task of downsizing. Theo had to make the adjustment from a 680-square-foot one-bedroom apartment to a 380-square-foot two-bedroom apartment!
Feb 20, 2019
Ross and Patrick’s Beach-Inspired City Home
Name: Ross Garner and Pat Hicks Location: Upper East Side — New York City, NY Size: 700 Square Feet Years lived in: 1.5 years; Rented This carefully curated home reflects the love of a traditional, nautical style that Ross and Pat share. Making an effort to co-design their apartment helped them find a balance that resulted in a lovely and inviting home. Ross: We are always at the water and I think that it’s really apparent in our style.
Feb 20, 2019
A Tiny, Light-Filled West Village Apartment
Name: Sam Location: West Village; New York City Size: 300 square feet Years lived in: 1 Year; Rented Keeping her home clear of clutter and displaying only the things she loves gives Sam’s 300-square-foot home in the West Village a spacious feel. Meanwhile, light from the many windows, pops of color, and the warm, neutral tones of her decor go a long way towards making it feel welcoming, comfortable, and soothing.
Feb 20, 2019
Christeleny’s Elegant and Eclectic Upper East Side Home
Name: Christeleny Berner Location: Upper East Side; NYC, NY Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Owned Christeleny’s love for design and style has resulted in a seriously gorgeous apartment. The home did not come together without hard work, though; the apartment went through significant renovations which took years to finish. Once renovations were complete, Christeleny set to furnishing her home using her strong eye for design and her patience, which was challenging at times.
Feb 20, 2019
Kelsea & James’ Romantic Harlem Flat
Name: James and Kelsea Gaynor and their roommate, Bridget Murphy Location: Harlem — New York City, NY Size: 2 bedroom, 2 bath Years lived in: 1 year; Rented It’s hard to believe that newlyweds Kelsea—owner of East Olivia Creative Company—and James only recently moved into their Harlem apartment after relocating from Los Angeles. Their gorgeous fifth floor, two-story flat (complete with a rooftop patio!) feels just lived-in enough to be cozy and inviting.
Feb 20, 2019
Lauren’s Southwest-Inspired Union Square Condo
Name: Lauren Rogoff Location: Union Square/Flatiron/Chelsea; New York City, New York Size: 750 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Owned Just beyond the bustling Union Square Farmer’s Market, the Flatiron’s shadow, and Chelsea’s world famous 5th Avenue shopping attractions, an attorney by day and fine artist by night strikes the perfect blend between urban and rustic.
Feb 20, 2019
Taylor and Wes’ East Village Eclectic
Name: Taylor Fimbrez and Wesley Moon (plus pups Squid & Marbles) Location: East Village — New York, New York Size: 650 square feet Years lived in: 5 years Do you remember when you were little, and you’d go to a friend’s house, and just want to spend hours looking at all their toys and their delightful stuff?
Feb 20, 2019
It’s Truly Amazing How Much Fits in This 200-Square-Foot New York Studio
Name: Jessica Sirls Location: NoLita, New York, New York Size: 200 square feet Years lived in: less than 1 year 200 square feet isn’t a lot to work with — but one New Yorker has managed to squeeze in a full-sized bed, an 88-key keyboard, and a table that can seat up to six people, all while maintaining the spacious, relaxing feel you would expect from a much larger apartment. Here’s how she does it.
Feb 19, 2019
Black & White Mix in an Airy West Village Apartment
Name: Stephanie Michaan Location: West Village NYC Size: 1,495 square feet Years lived in: Owned 6 years Though Stephanie has owned this apartment in New York’s West Village for six years, she says it feels brand new thanks to a recent redesign she gave the home. White walls maximize the beautiful bright natural light that pours in from big windows. Sparse furnishings are kept interesting by choosing good designs in rich materials.
Feb 19, 2019
A Designer’s Romantic & Worldly NYC Apartment
Name: Peti Lau Location: New York, NY Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, renting Full of unique art collected from around the world, this apartment has a relaxing and inviting atmosphere. From the moment you step inside this stunning apartment with bedroom loft, you are greeted with warm colors and a smiling host.
Feb 19, 2019
A Designer’s Rebellious “Art Deco Luxe” Apartment
Name: Gretchen Maull of GG Maull Location: Tribeca / City Hall — New York, NY Size: 1,800 square feet Years lived in: Rented 2 years I absolutely love seeing cleanly designed spaces that aren’t afraid to work with bold graphic patterns and colors. This beautifully designed home in the heart of Manhattan has everything that you’d want to see in a modern luxe New York apartment.
Feb 19, 2019
A Stylish & Serene 600 Square Foot Studio in the City
Name: Jarret Yoshida Location: Gramercy Park — New York City Size: 600 square feet Jarret had lived in Hong Kong for years when he relocated to a studio apartment near Gramercy Park in Manhattan. An interior designer by trade, he’s inspired by his travels and “the serene essence of contemporary Asian design.” His studio’s color palette is lilac, brown and gray, with metallic accents and a modern sensibility.
Feb 19, 2019
Contemporary Farmhouse Chic in Chelsea
Name: Dan Koday, Yves Yakoubyan Location: Chelsea — Manhattan, New York City Size: Approx 750 square feet Years lived in: Rented 6 Years This modern and artistic apartment is full of farmhouse accents, crafty DIY, and unique art pieces collected during travels. Renters Dan and Yves have created a magical home that is both inviting and artful with lively green plants that conjure notions of secret gardens and relaxing lush metropolitan parks.
Feb 19, 2019
Eclectic Patterns in a Greenwich Village Studio Apartment
Name: Emily Graff Location: Greenwich Village, New York Size: 550 square feet Years lived in: 3 years This home in Greenwich Village is full of energy thanks to bold and colorful patterns. But it also feels quite larger than its small size. The owner Emily has done an amazing job with maximizing space by utilizing a Murphy bed, smart furniture layout planning and wallpaper as a means of visually dividing the space. And her eclectic decor makes for a cozy, comfy home.
Feb 19, 2019
A Colorfully Eclectic 450-Square-Foot Studio in Greenwich Village
Name: Jennie Cohen Location: Greenwich Village Size: 450 square feet Years lived in: Owned 5.5 years This bright and airy Manhattan studio is full of mid-century charm while at the same time feeling comfortable and modern. The minimal use of vibrant color creates a startling contrast in this clean white space.
Feb 19, 2019
A Compact & Chic Classic Railroad Apartment in NYC
Name: Monica Dyer Location: West Village, New York Size: 600 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, rented Monica and her husband have lived in this apartment in New York for about three years and have transformed it into a perfect compact and chic city home. It’s light-filled and lovely, designed with a fresh outlook and plenty of savvy.
Feb 19, 2019
A Filmmaker’s Teeny Tiny Greenwich Village Studio
Name: Alee Ruggieri Location: Greenwich Village — New York City Size: Roughly 200 square feet Years lived in: Rented 1.5 years Alee Ruggieri is a film director, editor, writer and photographer living in New York City’s bustling Greenwich Village. The neighborhood is filled with things to see and do; coffee shops, restaurants, vintage clothing stores and more.
Feb 19, 2019
A Foodie Fills a Tiny Studio with Hidden Treasures
Name: Sarah Steinberg Location: East Village, NYC Size: 425 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, rented After living in tiny apartments with more roommates than bedrooms, Sarah decided it was time to have a place of her own. It may not be big, but a studio apartment with a separate kitchen and space for her bed were successes in Sarah’s book.
Feb 19, 2019
An Actor’s Small “Willy Wonka Chic” New York Apartment
Name: Coco Cohn Location: Upper West Side — New York, New York Size: 430 square feet Years lived in: 6 years, rented Coco’s Upper West Side apartment in New York is an homage to her theatre career. Not only is the actor and drama teacher’s space filled with pieces highlighting her adventures, but the space itself is dramatic: The living room is dark gray, the bedroom walls are red, and the bathroom is primarily pink.
Feb 19, 2019
A New York Apartment Filled With “Bookish Warmth”
Location: Manhattan, New York Size: 830 square feet Years lived in: 10 months, renting These are not living spaces designed after a single period style. Instead, these are rooms full of variety, filled with delights in the surprise achieved by pairing disparate design elements. (For example, a family heirloom seascape painting in a heavy baroque frame mounted above a mid-century-inspired couch topped with African mud-cloth pillows.
Feb 19, 2019
A West Village Apartment with Wall-to-Wall Windows
Name: Katie O’Connor Location: West Village, New York City Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 2 years Katie and her husband have lived in their West Village one-bedroom for the past two years. With an enviable corner unit, the living room is wall-to-wall windows, giving them incredible views of the city and sunsets. Situated right next to the southern entrance to the High Line, they also have a great people-watching spot.
Feb 19, 2019
A 450-Square-Foot Vintage Americana Brooklyn Studio
Name: Eva Medoff, branded content editor at Well+Good, Delaney Rohan, and Scout (the cat) Location: Williamsburg — Brooklyn, New York Size: 450 square feet Years lived in: 6.5 years, renting When Eva moved into her Brooklyn studio apartment seven years ago, the space suited her needs: It’s centrally located in the trendy Williamsburg neighborhood and she has a great landlord. Despite the pros, “It didn’t feel like a real home,” Eva said.
Feb 19, 2019
Artist Molly Crabapple’s Politically Charged NYC Home
The lower Manhattan studio she's inhabited for a decade with her partner Fred exudes freedom and fearlessness.
Oct 30, 2018
This Home’s DIY Renovation Is Pretty Impressive
Name: Christie Grotheim (and my husband, Niklas Andersson) Location: New York, New York Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: 4 years, owned My husband and I found this fixer upper in Harlem, sold “as is,” which in this case, was pretty atrocious. But we saw past the filth and peeling paint and realized the potential in the place right away. A corner unit on the third floor, it was flooded with light, and as a four-bedroom (converted to three) we would each have our own office.
Aug 22, 2018
A Tiny NYC Rental Goes Bold with Stripes and Florals
Name: Carly Fuller and her boyfriend Martin Location: Hell’s Kitchen — Manhattan, NY Size: 450 square feet Years lived in: 4 years, renting There wasn’t much of an opportunity for Carly Fuller to add her own style to this small Hell’s Kitchen rental when she moved in with a roommate, who had already been living there. But when the roommate moved out a year ago, Carly’s boyfriend Martin moved in, and the blank space was ready to be refreshed and filled.
Aug 7, 2018
A Bustle Fashion & Beauty Editor’s Small NYC Apartment
Name: Olivia Muenter, her boyfriend Jake, and their dog Winnie Location: Upper East Side, NYC Size: Not sure Years lived in: 1.
Aug 3, 2018
This Harlem Home Has an IKEA Bed Hack—In the Living Room
Name: Habiba Koroma Location: Central Harlem, NYC Size: 630 square feet Years lived in: 4 years, renting A ball pit is not necessarily something you expect in an NYC apartment, but in Habiba’s home, it’s an integral feature of her son’s play area. The ingenious, whimsical kid-friendly space that Habiba, an interior designer, has created for Miles also includes a library, a whiteboard, a hanging yarn installation, and a giant rasterized mural of him.
Aug 2, 2018
A Tiny 300-Square-Foot Studio Apartment Is a Jewel Box
Name: Heather Alexander Location: Washington Heights, New York City Size: 300 square feet Years lived in: 6 years, renting After divorcing a “design-curmudgeon,” Heather says she really went for it when she moved into this place six years ago. Filled with so many colors, fun finds, and treasures she dubbed her home the “Jewel Box.
Jul 23, 2018
An Executive Vice President at Refinery29 Lives in a Whimsical NYC Carriage House
Name: Ashley Miles and Sam Miles and their two daughters Location: West Village, New York Size: 1,300 square feet Years lived in: 4 years, renting Ashley’s 1800s carriage house in the West Village is as steeped in history as it is style; photographer Diane Arbus and her two daughters were once residents. Now, Ashley—the Executive Vice President of Sales & Brand Partnerships at Refinery29—and her husband Sam (college sweethearts from Ole Miss!
Jul 16, 2018
You Can Score a NYC Apartment for Under $300,000—Really!
Good news first: It’s actually possible to purchase an apartment in Manhattan for under $300,000 or so. (Yes, an actual apartment—not a closet! And yes, purchase to own, not rent!) Every so often, a Housing Development Fund Corporation (HDFC) co-op unit hits the market, providing a rare, affordable option for prospective homebuyers. But the discouraging news?
Jun 24, 2018
This Glam NYC Apartment Has the Best Bold Bedroom Ceiling
Name: Brittaney Elise Minton Location: Manhattan, New York Size: 900 square feet Years lived in: Almost 1 year, renting The celebrity interior designer and lifestyle expert who launched BE by Brittaney Elise Minton knows how to design a space that wows. She’s designed several of the new Bellami Beauty Bars and the Calabasas residence of Bellami Hair’s founder, Nikki Eslami (a house which was once owned by Kylie Jenner!
Jun 14, 2018
“Mean Girls” Musical’s Barrett Wilbert Weed’s Small Hell’s Kitchen Studio
Name: Barrett Wilbert Weed Location: Hell’s Kitchen — NYC Size: 400 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, renting Much of the gossip surrounding this year’s Tonys centers around the Mean Girls musical, inspired of course by the movie of the same name (a movie that was written by Tina Fey and has a devoted and quote-reciting cult following).
Jun 5, 2018
A Small Shared NYC Apartment Is a Feast for the Eyes
Name: Jory Sutton and Alex Simon Location: Washington Heights, NYC Size: 650 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, owned Jory and Alex’s 650-square-foot NYC apartment is a feast for the eyes. So much so, the small sneak peek we shared with their house call last year just wasn’t a long enough look. With hand-me-downs from family members, vintage pieces purchased at thrift shops, DIY artwork, and different periods and styles of decor, every room has a conversation starter.
May 31, 2018
An NYC Artist Starts Over in a Colorful Post-Divorce Apartment (With No Sign of Her Ex)
Name: Elizabeth Sutton and her kids Miro and Nora Location: Upper East Side — New York, NY Size: 1,370 square feet Years lived in: 6 months, renting For New York-based artist Elizabeth Sutton, leaving the first home she ever owned was the most difficult part of her divorce. “My ex and I purchased it together a year after we got married and we lived there for five years. It was the first home to both my children.
Jan 31, 2018
Two Small Studios Become One Smart Apartment
Project by: Lilian Weinreich of Lilian H Weinreich Architects Location: New York, New York The scramble for space is never ending in New York City and occasionally you have to get creative. Lilian Weinreich did exactly that when she combined two small studios to create one open and modern apartment. From the Lilian Weinreich Team: In New York, where real estate it at a premium, flexible space planning can help make minimal living a reality in a small space.
Oct 4, 2017
Jen’s Haven In The Heart Of Nolita
Name: Jen Patryn Location: Nolita; New York City Size: 2,000 square feet Years lived in: 6 years; Rented When she’s not working on fashion shoots, creating visual stories, and advising major labels, Jen Patryn, a New York-based fashion editor, is traveling the world and wandering the mountains of Central America.
Oct 14, 2015
Ann’s East Village Aerie
Name: Ann Mack Designer: Christina Love Location: East Village — New York, New York Size: 500 square feet Years lived in: 7 — rented Call it the six-ish year itch. After as many years in one place, Ann wanted a clean slate, to banish the shadows and let in the light.
Sep 5, 2015
A Comfy, Colorful Mix: 330 Square Feet in the East Village
Name: Mark and Emily (and Kally the cat) Location: East Village; New York, New York Size: 330 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Rented Emily and Mark’s East Village apartment may be small, but it’s bursting with light and color. They make small space living look easy — somehow they’ve managed to squeeze all the things that two people need to live (and work!) into 330 square feet, and still create a cozy, beautiful home.
Jun 30, 2015
Tamar’s Smart, Stylish Studio Apartment
Name: Tamar Levine Location: Chelsea, New York City Size: 270 square feet Years lived in: 4 While Tamar’s address has stayed the same, the decor has changed a few times. The challenge of keeping a one room apartment clean and functional, yet still uniquely styled is one she loves to tackle. But adding a fresh set of eyes to the process was a perfect formula with the most rewarding results.
Apr 5, 2015
Amanda’s Fashionable Hostess Manhattan Home
Name: Amanda Gluck Location: Flatiron, New York Size: 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 1,800 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Rented It might be easy to feel a tinge of jealousy entering a 3-bedroom apartment overlooking 5th Avenue in Manhattan, but Amanda’s personality will squash that immediately. As someone who makes her living by being hospitable as a Fashionable Hostess, visitors are comfortable and well taken care of in her beautiful abode.
Feb 12, 2015
A Festive Wonderland | Holiday House Tour
A Festive Wonderland | Holiday House Tour
Nov 21, 2016
House Tour: A Pop Art Museum In a NYC Apartment
House Tour: A Pop Art Museum In a NYC Apartment
Dec 8, 2017
House Tour: A Patterned Greenwich Village Apartment
House Tour: A Patterned Greenwich Village Apartment
Oct 31, 2016
House Tour: A Romantic, Worldly NYC Apartment
House Tour: A Romantic, Worldly NYC Apartment
Sep 5, 2016
House Tours: Serene & Stylish in Sugar Hill, NYC
House Tours: Serene & Stylish in Sugar Hill, NYC
Jul 27, 2018
House Tour: A Product Designer's "Techie" NYC Studio
House Tour: A Product Designer's "Techie" NYC Studio
Jan 26, 2018
A Broadway Actor's NYC Apartment
A Broadway Actor's NYC Apartment
Sep 8, 2017
House Tour: "Eclectic Chaos" on the Upper West Side
House Tour: "Eclectic Chaos" on the Upper West Side
May 8, 2017
House Tour: A Diamond in the Sky Shines in the West Village
House Tour: A Diamond in the Sky Shines in the West Village
Apr 17, 2017
House Tour: A Mid-Century Modern Apartment in Greenwich Village
House Tour: A Mid-Century Modern Apartment in Greenwich Village
Nov 21, 2016
House Tour: A Quirky, Fun East Village Apartment
House Tour: A Quirky, Fun East Village Apartment
Mar 4, 2016
House Tour: Natasha & Rob's Smart, Small Space
House Tour: Natasha & Rob's Smart, Small Space
Sep 16, 2015