Thursday, March 2, 2017

Studio Apartment Decorating

Moving in New York is quite the challenge.  This is the third time we have moved our daughter in Manhattan.  First time--from Virginia to downtown; second time--from downtown to Washington Heights; third time--from Washington Heights to the Upper West Side.  I sincerely hope she stays here a while.  This studio apartment definitely has its charm, but you pay for that charm in New York.  She moved from a two-bedroom apartment to a studio, so less square footage for quite a bit more money.  Yes, she has a doorman, a rooftop deck and solarium that is quite nice.  I was determined to help her get this apartment set up before I came back home.

This is the "before" picture that was pictured in the real estate ads.
Since I had never been in the apartment to take measurements, I used these pictures as a guide for furniture placement.
Another "before" picture from a different angle.
We brought a smaller couch with a sofa bed, since there really isn't room for guests here.  We used the cocktail table she had in her old apartment.

We painted her red sofa table gold and used it behind the couch for lamps and accessories.  Again, the size of the apartment did not allow for large end tables.
The cream and gold rug was purchased at At Home.  We brought it from Virginia with the couch and various other items when we drove up.

We put up this curtain to separate the sleeping area from the living area.  It is sheer so the light comes through.  The dresser does double duty as it holds her clothes and her tv.

She uses her vintage sewing machine table as a desk.  
The mirror was in the apartment.  We thought about moving it, but we were told we had to store it if we didn't use it.  So we just placed this table in front, and the glasses reflecting in the mirror look quite nice.
Her bar cart sits between the sofa and the sleeping area.
We used the chest opposite the bed, on the same side of the room as the sofa.  We changed out the sconces and used some that were a little more "girly".
I found this small table at a consignment store.  It had been used in our city's symphony house and it was the perfect size.  Of course, I placed a picture of my daughter and I on the table!!
This picture is a bit blurry, sorry, but I wanted to show the closet and the little vintage shelving unit.  We also used her coat rack as you can see.
Since this was around Christmas, I made her a wreath for the mirror.  No room for a Christmas tree!
In the hall, we put her shelf table.  She uses it for decor and more importantly, for her keys when she comes in the door.
The kitchen is tineeeee!!  She was upset that when they painted, they ended the paint in the middle of the wall.  We just had them come back and paint to the corner.  It looks much better now.
Not much room here.  Doing dishes is a bit awkward because of the placement of the sink.  But it works for just one person.
This shows the hall as you are coming in the door.  She has another deep closet here, which is nice.
You can see her canopy bed with the curtain as you come in.
We found these venetian shelves and put them over the toilet in the bathroom.
Another view of the bed and desk from the living area.
The bistro table and chairs are near the hall.
The curtain can be opened if she so desires.
The artwork above the sofa was a great Tuesday Morning find.  All the soft colors really went well with our pink, gold, and cream theme.
And the "After"!  Hope you enjoyed our Upper West Side Manhattan Studio apartment tour!


  1. Looking good, Mama! She will be able to do a lot of living in this tiny space. Lots of zones, cozy home. Good job! So charming.

  2. This is truly amazing! Although very tiny- it's loaded with style. The kitchen gives me anxiety but I know how it is in apartments. I love what you came up with for the bed area- really smart! The sheers are a perfect choice giving her privacy and still letting light come through. She has some real cute pieces of furniture. The sofa is classy and the sofa table with lamps and candles adds a great touch! There are a lot of great ideas you packed in there!