Decorating a Tiny NYC Living Room

When my husband and I moved to New York, we sold most of our furniture. It was just too expensive to ship it across the country, and after a few bad U-Haul experiences (ahem … my husband taking out a fence), we knew that wasn’t an option either. Plus, most of our furniture was just too big for a tiny New York apartment.

My New York ApartmentOur apartment before we moved in. The gorgeous windows were definitely the selling feature!

I won’t lie: I had a lot of fun putting together our new place! It’s not often that you get to start with a blank slate when decorating.

Although we left our furniture behind, I did pack my favorite lamps and some blue and white pillows. The lamps and pillows were my inspiration when planning our new living room.

my NYC living room mood board

I like to create a mood board when designing a room. A mood board is a great way to ensure that everything works well together, and it keeps you on track when making purchases.

I was going for an eclectic look. Although I like warm wood tones, I didn’t want the room to be too brown, so I mixed in some bright colors and white, too. Our living room does double-duty as an office, so a small desk was a must. We have lots of books, so storage was a necessity, too.

I’m still pulling everything together, and I’ve made a number of changes from this original plan, but I’m happy with the progress. I promise to post pictures soon!

Where do you find inspiration from when decorating your home?


Lamps: White Ceramic Bamboo Lamps
Side Tables: Cost Plus World Market Tribal Carved Wood Accent Table
Sofa: West Elm Henry Loveseat
Coffee Table (similar): Renate Coffee Table
Rug (similar): Barclay Butera Mango Maze Rug
Chair: Cost Plus World Market Ravenna Chair
Desk Chair (similar): West Elm Porter Upholstered Armchair
Desk: West Elm Parsons Mini Desk
Gold Pillow (similar): Wild Mannered Mother of Pearl and Sequin Pillow
Ikat Pillows: DRK Designs Blue and White Ikat Pillow Cover
Bookcase: IKEA Billy Bookcase

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