A Tiny, Light-Filled West Village Apartment

updated Feb 20, 2019
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Name: Sam
Location: West Village; New York City
Size: 300 square feet
Years lived in: 1 Year; Rented

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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.

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When Sam is not putting together her latest DIY project for her home, she is busy designing and creating handmade pieces for Wye Road Jewelry that are reminiscent of the style of her home: clean, unique, personal, and lovely.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: I tend to lean toward industrial/modern with some ethnic accents like rugs and pillows. I’m very particular about using color and try to stick with either warm or cool tones for each room. I usually have a very strong gut reaction to a look, either “I love it! I need it!” or “Ick!” and so I try and let that guide me in the pieces I make or invest in.

Inspiration: Anything handmade. There’s no better feeling than responding to a compliment with, “Thanks, I made it!”

Favorite Element: The little eating table my boyfriend helped design and build. It’s probably the most “industrial chic”-inspired piece in the apartment, and it’s the perfect use of what would be dead space.

Biggest Challenge: I want more space to decorate!

What Friends Say: “It’s so you!”

Biggest Embarrassment: I really don’t like the kitchen cabinets—I think they look ugly and dated with the wood trim. But hey, when I first moved in I HATED them, so I guess they’ve grown on me.

Proudest DIY: Probably the large mirror in the living room. It’s usually the piece people least expect to be handmade. I searched for the perfect reclaimed wood for a long time, and eventually found a guy who was renovating his historic house and he actually gave me the original salvaged wood for free. It looks a lot more expensive than what I paid for materials!

Biggest Indulgence: Most of my DIY projects start as great ideas on how I’ll cut costs by creating the piece myself, but then turn out to be more expensive than predicted. But they’re all worth it (even the failures, and there are many) because I learn something new each time.

Best Advice: It’s important that wherever you live feels like your home. I’ve put a lot of time and effort into curating my apartment not only because I enjoy the process, but also because I love the feeling of walking into a space that feels like a reflection of me.

Dream Sources: Shoppe by Amber Interiors, ABC Home, The Vintage Rug Shop, Rose Bowl Flea (never been, would LOVE to go!), Etsy



  • Default NYC apartment paint! The kitchen and bathroom are more of a true white while the bedroom and living room are an antique white.
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  • Marquee arrow: HomeGoods
  • Coat rack: DIY made from wood plaque, stain, metal hooks, and mason jar
  • JOIE DE VIVRE wooden letters: DIY made with stain, paint, and sandpaper
  • Baker’s rack: Amazon
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Thanks, Sam!