This $4,050-a-Month NYC Rental Has the Coolest DIY Faux Ceiling Finish

published Jun 19, 2024

This $4,050-a-Month NYC Rental Has the Coolest DIY Faux Ceiling Finish

published Jun 19, 2024
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“I read once a New Yorker’s home is just a giant closet and home base to all of their belongings, and not meant for actually hanging out in,” begins Hayley Williams, who runs the marketing and social media for a New York City-based company and her own YouTube channel. “However, we try to have our home as lived-in as possible.”

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Hayley says one of the only house rules is "no red wine on the sofa. The week after we got the sofa my friend came over and we were drinking wine and my dog came up and jumped on her (totally Fox’s fault, not hers, and in full sitcom fashion a GIANT red splotch of wine lands on the sofa and we just stared at each other in horror. Somehow the sofa has this mythical layer of waterproofing and was able to absorb all of it (it was wild, it reminded me of that Disney movie smart house when the floor sucks up the spills on the ground) but after that, we were like okay. No red wine near the sofa our hearts can’t take these palpitations."

The home Hayley speaks of is a 360-square-foot one-bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side she shared with her boyfriend Rob, their bullmastiff Meatball, and their husky Fox for seven months. And for sure, the biggest challenge has been the lack of space.

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"I would say we split our time between our living space and the patio. The patio sofa is embarrassingly far more comfortable than the living room sofa (My boyfriend gives me so much grief for this it’s our biggest and longest joke) but he loves to grill and our dogs love it outside so we love the outside space," Hayley describes.

“Our place is a classic example of you can’t have it all, so you have to pick a few things you want. Our spot is right off of Central Park, which was a huge bonus. The other major sell was the patio,” she explains. “With that, the sacrifice was space. The living room is essentially all the room there is in the apartment, thus dealing with tiny closets and having to do gymnastics to get into the bed without breaking an ankle is a challenge. But it was worth the perks.” Though she admits another closet would be nice.

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Like some other New Yorkers, thanks to a lack of storage space, the kitchen cabinets take on additional duties. “Opening them will reveal kitchen supplies half the time and the most random array of storage and crap the other half. It’s not as glamorous as Carrie Bradshaw putting shoes in the oven, but we’re on the same brain wave,” Hayley admits.

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DINING ROOM

Thanks, Hayley!

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