Monday, July 20, 2015

NYC Studio Apartment Living

After announcing my NYC move yesterday, I promised I'd share the process of finding a living space  in the city and making it my own.  With seemingly endless apartment viewing appointments next week, I'm anxious to find a spot and get settled.  Since I'll be working in the Upper East Side, I've been primarily looking in that area.  Like most starry-eyed NYC transplants, I've realized 2 things- one, that my budget does not get me much in the way of  square footage, and two, I'll need to get creative with layout.  Luckily, many design-savvy residents have already figured out floorpan solutions and are providing inspiration for my own space. For instance, you have surely laid eyes on Elizabeth Bauer's oft-published pre-war Gramercy studio:


Featured in Lonny's June/July 2010 issue (and photographed by my talented friend, Patrick Cline), Bauer's colorful haven features a velvet sofa upholstered in Designer's Guild striped fabric and a bedroom surrounded in Rose Cumming's Zebrine wall covering.  A glass and brass screen gives a slight separation. 

Designer Alison Pringle of Baker Ballard is another inspiring soul who transformed her Toronto studio.  The wooden armoire anchors the space and fits in nicely as a contrast to the white and blue.



In 2014, House Beautiful published a Manhattan apartment designed by Lily Bunn for a 20-something young professional.  Although the space is not a studio, I was so inspired by the mix of high and low, like the Bungalow 5 coffee table and Jonathan Adler chippendale chairs:


Lucite pieces are great for small spaces because they seemingly disappear.  Lily chose a functional Kartell dining table with a mix of seating- the Chippendale chairs from the living room can be easily moved over for additional seating.




Designer Max Sinsteden's 525 square-foot studio apartment was another show stopper recently featured in the July/August issue of House Beautiful.  You may recall drooling over his college dorm room when it was published back in 2009, so it's no surprise that at the age of 27 Sinsteden has only stepped up his standard of living:


To divide his bed from the rest of the apartment, Max installed draperies that can be pulled shut, acting as a makeshift wall.  He installed a piece of art suspended from the ceiling in front of the draperies to further create a sense of separation. Genius!


Another great way to create a sense of separation between the bedroom and living area while still maintaining functionality is through the use of a bookshelf.  NYC resident Jacqueline Clair used a simple white Ikea shelf in her studio:


Dividing her books up by color and mixing in decor makes the shelf feel cohesive and beautiful, almost as if it is a work of art itself!


So NYC readers- Any advice for a NYC newbie?

Over the next few months I hope you'll follow along as I decorate my first NYC living space!



60 comments:

  1. Good luck on your apartment search!! I can't wait to see what you find and how you decorate it!

    -Kara
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  2. Sam, I have been reading your blog for a long time. You even went as far as creating an inspiration mood board for my bedroom when I emailed you. I am SO HAPPY for you re: your move to the big apple and your new job! May God continue blessing you.

    Hope you take us - your readers - on your journey and blog about looking for your new space in NYC. Hope you post lots of pictures of potential places.

    Can't wait to see what you do with your new space! God bless you, Sam!!

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  3. Congratulations on your move! I lived in NY for 4 years and then moved to London 2 years ago where living size is similar so my main advice on living in small spaces is to reduce clutter dramatically and get creative with hidden storage. When I moved to the city, I only brought about a third of my belongings (including clothing!) You get used to only having what you actually use/wear and its actually kind of liberating to not have so much stuff around. (side note, your wardrobe changes a lot, becomes more practical for walking etc, anyway so I found I didn't end up wearing a lot of my prior clothes) When you get something new..sell or give away something you already have to keep from re-stock piling. Best of luck....you will love it! its the most exciting place in the world! PS, if you're looking for a church, Redeemer/Tim Keller is an amazing place - I miss it!

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  5. i assume you're familiar with design darling / mackenzie horan? she just moved from NYC to Dallas, but her studio was a combo of Elizabeth Bauer's and Jacqueline Clair's bookcase idea. It's pretty perfect as far as preppy and pretty and fresh, in my opinion. Again, I figure you probably know her from the blogger network - but here's a tour of her apartment if you aren't familiar: http://www.mackenziehoran.com/2014/08/25/apartment-update/

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  6. Congrats on the new opportunity and move to NYC! I've been on the UES for 10 years now and love it.You will find so much inspiration here (hopefully!) and living in a small space is definitely challenging and can be frustrating, but it really is a fun challenge!

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