Apartment Style: NYC Studio Tour
*Update: You can see my full studio tour post featured on Apartment Therapy!*
Decorating is a constant work in progress—a massive creative project that can span however short or long you live in a place. A home is never finished, never fully or perfectly decorated. There will always be one more photo to hang or one more way a coffee table can be re-arranged
That said, it's a great feeling to get to a point where you truly feel settled in a place. It only took me 9 months—but my tiny studio is starting to feel a lot like home. Home enough for me to be excited to share with you how everything has come together! Scroll below for a mini-apartment tour of my 5th floor walk-up and hover over each image for home decor details.
One of the things that instantly drew me to my apartment was the natural light and...fire escape access. I've always had this romantic notion about fire escapes, with this dream of one day having one to smoke cigarettes (note: I don't even smoke...but for the purpose of this daydream I do) and contemplate life on. And although my windows are screwed shut and I hardly ever step out on it, I still love looking out the window and at least knowing it's there
Also, I gave in and splurged on this Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree to brighten up my space. After reading this post, you'll notice I now own not one, but five pieces of greenery and have been flexing my green thumb/accepting that I'm slowly becoming a crazy plant lady since moving to the city.
When I got this sofa delivered, it looked massive in my tiny living room (to be fair, it seemed miniature in the store next to all the other sectionals). So, I decided to take off the wooden legs and keep it low to the ground for a more futon-like feel. The seating is pretty limited in my apartment, so I spend most of my time in this makeshift living room.
My coffee table also doubles as both a dining room and home office whenever I'm blogging. It took forever to find one that was narrow enough to fit in my small space, so I ended up using what West Elm categorizes as a "bench" as my coffee table instead. Cheers to versatility!
Apparently mirrors aren't very feng shui, but my studio was in desperate need of one to help open up the space. I strategically positioned this leaning mirror so it reflects the light from my kitchen windows and convinces me I live in more than 300 square feet.
When I first moved in, I had this grand plan to buy a bunch of art and create a funky gallery wall that everyone seems to have on Pinterest. However, I soon realized that art is expensive. So, I decided to frame my street photography from Downtown LA to make my own (affordable) one-of-a-kind gallery wall. It's still a work in progress, but I love being able to display my photography on something more than just Instagram.
There you have it—my home sweet home! Tiny, but all the space I need. It's quickly become my little sanctuary, a cozy oasis only 5 (somewhat painful) flights up from the bustling city streets.