This Small Scandi-Style NYC Studio Rents for $3,172 a Month

published Apr 23, 2024

This Small Scandi-Style NYC Studio Rents for $3,172 a Month

published Apr 23, 2024
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Monica Barudin originally grew up in the suburbs of New York City, but then left home for New England for college and grad school. But she’s made her “way back to the city that never sleeps. I’m a fully remote digital content designer for a large healthcare organization, and I’m grateful to say I love what I do every day.”

Her home in the city that never sleeps is this 480-square-foot studio apartment on the Upper West Side she pays $3,172 per month for. “My studio is a little slice of NYC heaven: It serves as my home, home gym, and office (when I’m not working on the rooftop or at a coffee shop). I love small spaces, so living in a studio works perfectly for me!” Monica writes.

“I identify as an aspiring minimalist and modernist. You can see that reflected in the choices throughout my home: clean lines, no clutter, white space. My home’s color palette is inspired by whites, grays, and earth and jewel tones,” she shares.

“When I’m not working, I’m exploring the city with family and friends, attending art and language classes, and hanging out with my three-legged cat, Monkey.”



  • Couch — Raymour & Flanigan
  • Coffee Table — Nathan James
  • Cat Cabinet — Wayfair
  • Posters — Philip Williams Posters


  • Dining Table — AllModern
  • Dining Chairs — Houzz
  • Prints — Etsy


  • Wall Hanging — Etsy
  • Bed — AllModern
  • Lamps — AllModern
  • Nightstands — AllModern


  • Wall Hanging — Etsy
  • Cutting Board — Gifted to me


  • Shower Curtain — Macy’s

Thanks, Monica!

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