A Small NYC Apartment Shows How to Keep It Simple and Chic

published May 19, 2020

A Small NYC Apartment Shows How to Keep It Simple and Chic

published May 19, 2020
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Name: Sharon Ryan with dogs HipHop and Shirley 
Location: Midtown East — New York, New York
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting

As a professional interior and fashion stylist, Sharon Ryan knows a lot about adding flair to everything she touches. Her Manhattan apartment is no exception. When you walk in, you immediately sense a glamorous, Audrey Hepburn vibe, accompanied by a dash of playfulness.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Fashion Style: I’m inspired by Audrey Hepburn, Meghan Markle, The Olsen Twins, Jenna Lyons, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Chloe Sevigny

My interior style: Whimsical jewelry box, vintage vibe with modern touches. My friends nicknamed my home “The Lavender Palace.”

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My inspiration: I like art, nature, shells, fairy tales, and feminine touches. Stores like ABC Carpet and Anthropologie Home inspire me. I like vintage shopping everywhere I visit.  Designers I admire are Kelly Wearstler, Christian Liaigre, and Jonathan Adler

Favorite Element: My pink chairs. They were a gift from friends for my 50th birthday. They remind me of seashells. They make me so happy. 

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Biggest Challenge: Not to overdo my home, keeping it uncluttered and finding places for all the things I love so much. I’m a collector, so I struggle with saying that my home is complete. I continually want to add or subtract things. If I purchase something for my home, I try to let something go. 

What friends say: My friends love the color of my home. It’s very soothing and changes shades throughout the day. It’s so beautiful. 

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Biggest embarrassment: I rely heavily on my landlord and he is such a gem. He always helps me when I ask him to fix something I’ve broken, like the dishwasher.  I am useless in that department. 

Proudest DIY: Changing light bulbs… like I said, I’m useless in that department. 

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Biggest indulgence: I love bedding so much!  I like changing the mood of my bedroom often—so I have quite a collection of duvet covers, pillows, and quilts. I need to stop!

Best advice: If you aren’t sure about something—for instance, a purchase you’d like to make—ask a friend whose style you admire. My go-to person is my bestie and style guru Sandi Fellman. I love her taste!  She puts things together so well. 

Dream sources: ABC Carpet, Anthropologie, Beal & Bell, lighting stores on the Bowery, Palm Springs vintage shopping, The Real Real, 1st Dibs


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  • Console — IKEA
  • Candelabra — Vintage find
  • Candlesticks — Belleck china, vintage
  • Animal print rug — Anthropologie
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  • Daybed — Anthropologie 
  • Pink Velvet Pillows — Amazon
  • White Mongolian lamb pillows — Amazon
  • Bird pillows — Pottery Barn
  • Coffee table — 18th century Irish coffin, family heirloom
  • Crystal candlesticks — collaboration -Lorae Russo & Lisa Kanning Interior Design
  •  Brass candlesticks — Palm trees: CB2, Pineapples: Anthropologie 
  • Coasters — Anthropologie 
  • Table runner — Amazon
  • Rug — Rifle Paper Company (pale pink with birds and flowers)
  • Lamp/tables — Both are vintage finds
  • Lampshades — Restoration Hardware
  • Floor mirror — Anthropologie 
  • White wall mirror — vintage find
  • Desk — Matching piece to the coffin, 18th century family heirloom
  • Artwork on desk: 
  • Rose print — Sandi Fellman
  • Butterfly print — Sandi Fellman
  • Figure with flowers — Chloe Sebaoun
  • Desk cover — Amazon
  • Candlesticks on desk — Collaboration-  Lisa Kanning Interiors & Lorae Russo
  • Luna lamp — Overstock 
  • Curtains — custom
  • Pink stools — Wayfair
  • Crystal vase with orchids — family heirloom 
  • White stool — West Elm
  • Pink chairs — Anthropologie 
Credit: Erin Derby


  • Headboard — vintage find
  • Bed linens — Overstock
  • Side table on left — Amazon
  • Side table on right — vintage find
  • Knobs — Amazon
  • Trinket box — Anthropologie 
  • Heart box — vintage find
  • Table lamps — vintage finds
  • Armoire — ABC Carpet & Home
  • Pink boxes — Amazon
  • Baskets — Amazon
  • Lucite book ends on top of armoire — family heirloom
  • Scarves on doorknobs — vintage finds, Pucci & Hermès 
  • Pink rug — Amazon
  • Red rug — vintage find
  • Curtains — custom made
Credit: Erin Derby


  • Femme & Fierce Bathmat — Anthropologie

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