Today I’m psyched to finally be sharing some pictures of my new apartment! As you may know from previous posts, this is my third apartment since moving to New York City, and I’m back in the building where my first apartment was – again in a studio, but this time a corner unit with more space and a lot more light (so major upgrade!). I’m pretty thrilled with it and even though it’s far from being done/perfect, I’m excited to show you guys some of the progress I’ve made thus far.
So, this is pretty much 80% how it looked the day after I moved in, and then the extra 20% I did over the following few weeks (such as hanging the art and getting an extra bookshelf AND the new sofa! – more on that below). I’m one of those weird people who loves unpacking and does it in one day – I think it’s because I just love organizing and finding spots for everything. By the way, I HATE packing – only a fan of the unpacking part!
I was lucky in that most of the furniture from my previous apartment fit into this space – the headboard, the nightstands, desk, chair, rug, and shorter vertical bookshelf, to be exact. The taller vertical bookshelf I purchased because I realized that I really didn’t have enough bookshelf space for my book hoarding ways. My mom suggested getting the taller version and putting them next to each other – I was a bit unsure at first but now I love how it looks! Since this was taken, I’ve added curtains and gotten that art in the back off the floor and onto the wall where it belongs, plus added a floor lamp by the desk.
In my previous studio I had no room for a nightstand, let alone two, so this just goes to show how much more spacious this place is – yay! Oh, and sadly, you see my lone brushstroke lamp which is missing its partner – yeah, I broke it (sat on it, be more specific, though in my defense it was on the floor at the time). Cue sobbing face emoji! Still need to get a replacement. I was debating on maybe doing a different lamp – matching nightstands, different lamps? How do we feel about that? Probably not going to do that but it crossed my mind!
This desk has been with me since I first moved to the city – it’s great because it stores a lot! The loop chair was a secondhand find at Housing Works and I desperately want to get it refinished and cover the cushion in a fun fabric, but that will have to wait for now.
Again, this all looks pretty much exactly as it did right when I moved in except that for a few weeks there was a glaring hole under the window which has finally been filled with my new sofa! Woohoo! That was a looong time coming, if you remember this post from a million years ago. I hemmed and hawed for a long time but finally settled on the Carmine sofa from Maiden Home in Dove Gray velvet, and I love it so much. Full post to come! By the way, one thing that’s been bothering me is the way the “living room” rug and “bedroom” rug come right up next to each other (you can see it better in the first picture of the apartment above) – anybody know any rules about that sort of thing? I feel like it looks kind of weird how they’re so close to each other but then I also kind of like how they define each space. Not quite sure what to do with that yet.
So happy that my little vintage claw-footed bookcase fits so perfectly onto that little jutting-out wall. It’s one of my favorite pieces in my apartment. I wanted to decorate it with as much colorful and kind of crazy stuff as possible to juxtapose against the antique vibe. And how PERFECT does the Christina Baker painting look above the couch? Like that spot was made for it! I couldn’t be happier to wake up every morning and see that piece – it’s the most gorgeous thing and the light that floods into this new apartment finally allows it to be shown in it’s best possible…well, light :).
Another piece I love – the nesting tables above, which are vintage from my parents. My mom actually got them when she and my dad lived in NYC when they were first married! They’re a little beat up but I love them, and I also love how the modern lamp from West Elm looks on them.
Here’s the kitchen – as you can see I’ve done basically nothing in there! Not sure what there is to do really but I am planning on maybe getting a bamboo shade at some point to add a little warmth and texture.
Sigh. My shiny, clean, newly renovated bathroom, in which, as you may have seen on Instagram last week, I dropped a bottle of pink nail polish that shattered and splattered all over the wall behind the toilet…the toilet…the sink…the side of the vanity..the floor…the tub..you get the picture. But before that disaster, I added the Ikea storage piece you can see beside the tub. I like how it looks and it holds a lot but it’s definitely really wobbly and rickety…maybe I didn’t put it together all that perfectly but it still works!
And finally, we have my little entryway/entry vestibule – I’ve since gotten that art off the floor and onto the walls at this point!
So there you have it! A little before and sort of “after” of my new space. I can’t wait to share a full review of my sofa and show you everything else I’ve done since these photos were taken – curtains have been hung, art hung, lighting added…but there’s still more to do! Design is never done, am I right? Thanks for reading and promise to share more soon!