A Designer’s “Antique Modern” NYC Studio

updated Sep 9, 2019

A Designer’s “Antique Modern” NYC Studio

updated Sep 9, 2019
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Name: Daniel Lubrano
Location: Gramercy Park — New York, NY
Size: Approx. 425 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 4 years

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Daniel moved into this stylish New York apartment about four years ago. The studio is tiny — just shy of 430 square feet. But he makes his small home work by being purposeful with what he brings into his space. His stylish, space-saving DIY murphy bed helps, too.

Daniel, a designer, reveals that he and his mother share a love for interior design. In fact, many of the decorative pieces in his apartment were gifts from her or were inspired by her style. Though Daniel is selling his apartment soon to move on to a larger home, he’s been able to enjoy a tiny studio thanks to his smart small space solutions.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: A mix of vintage, antique and modern.

Favorite Element: The Murphy bed. It’s the best space saver.

Biggest Challenge: When you live in a studio, you have to get choosy about the things you bring home. It sadly can’t all fit.

What Friends Say: “How do you have so much stuff?” There is actually a lot more tucked away in all the closets and furniture so I guess I’m waiting for the day when I have more space.

Biggest Embarrassment: That after four years I never bought a full sized refrigerator.

Proudest DIY: Restoring the Murphy bed. Previous owners had turned the space into a clothing closet. I’ve watched enough old movies and TV that the second I saw the place I realized what it originally was. I was able to find a company in Florida that still makes old style Murphy beds and was able to get the super in my building to assemble and install it. It bolts to the floor and is surprisingly easy to put up and take down. Close the doors and it disappears entirely. The idea was to make the space feel like a pop-up book so I found a great wallpaper mural, added lighting and then worked on finding clashing bedding. Hanging the wallpaper was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life because if it’s even slightly off, the image doesn’t work. Get a friend to help as this is not a one person DIY.

Biggest Indulgence: A cleaning person.

Dream Sources: I’m a big fan of thrift stores, flea markets and Ebay. The key is to frequent these sources to find some of the best items. Part of the fun is that you never know what you’re going to find.


Main room and dressing room – Restoration hardware. The quality is fantastic but the colors are sadly discontinued.

Shelf unit — Ikea
Floating book shelves — Urban Outfitters
Rug — vintage

Sofa — West Elm
Chairs and kitchen table — vintage.
Mid-century glass and iron side table — Opera Thrift
Glass waterfall coffee table — UltraModern
Rug — Home Goods
Faux bois lamp — Home Goods
Turquoise mid-century lamp — vintage
Credenza — Housing works
Wood carved side table — vintage
Prints — vintage but the frames are from ikea

Wallpaper mural — Anthropologie
Sheets — West Elm
Duvet set — Ikea
Murphy bed frame — ebay

Mirror — Ikea
Rug — vintage

Lighting — Lamps Plus
Vanity Mirror — Lowes.
Prints — vintage but the frames are from Michaels

Thanks, Daniel!

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