5 Tips for Decorating a Small Apartment … from choosing the right colors to selecting the best furniture, these tips will help you make the most of your tiny apartment or home!
Come take a peek into my tiny NYC bedroom!
I am slowly (very slowly) making progress on decorating my apartment. One thing I haven’t done is hang a lot of artwork and pictures. I really feel that art and personal mementos are the things that make a house (or a tiny apartment) a home, so I’m determined to change that.
My entry seemed like the perfect place to start!
Considering that our apartment is so small, it’s nice to actually have an entry. Hopefully, the picture above gives you an idea of how it is set up. The dark door is the entrance to our apartment, and across from that is the door to our bedroom.
Directly opposite the white wall behind me is a double closet. The doors are mirrored, which comes in very handy. It’s hard to tell from the picture above, but the door to our bathroom is to the left of the closet, and the entrance to the living room is to the right.
Most of the things I hung have personal meaning. I made the shadow box with the four hearts from Valentine’s Day cards my husband gave me. The over-sized cribbage board came from my dad who was an avid player. I need to learn to play someday.
We brought this wooden heart back from a vacation in Mexico. It’s covered in tiny milagros (milagro is Spanish for “miracle”), which are religious folk charms often used as talismans against pain, trouble, and illness.
I found this tin ceiling tile at the Alameda Flea Market.
Directly opposite the gallery wall is a narrow wall in between the entrance to our living room and the door to our bedroom. We have a mask collection, and I thought this was the perfect place to hang three of my favorites.
The masks are kind of scary, so hopefully they will keep anything bad from entering our apartment!
The floor in the entry is covered with my favorite orange rug – I’m in love with the pattern and vibrant color. There’s also a small ottoman below the gallery wall, which is a convenient place to sit and put on shoes. It also provides much needed storage space for our winter hats, scarves, and gloves.
I’m happy to call this space done! Now it’s on to the other rooms …
What do you like to hang on your walls : art, photos, or … ?
Fall has officially arrived, and I for one am excited. The weather is finally starting to cool off (goodbye, oppressive humidity), and I even saw a few colorful leaves in Central Park yesterday. Best of all, I can finally put my boots and sweaters back into heavy rotation.
This is also the perfect time to bring a little green into your home. Plants are a warm, homey element that adds a little life to any interior, especially in fall and winter. If you’re like me and missing a green thumb, just look for easy care varieties, such as succulents. It’s really hard to kill those guys – trust me!
I found a ton of unique planters on Etsy, so don’t settle for a boring terracotta pot!
- This set of 4 Mini Planters from Wind and Willow Home has a cute splash of neon, perfect for brightening up your window sill.
- I have wanted to make a terrarium for the longest time, and this Vintage Apothecary Jar from Tinted Vintage is perfect for what I have in mind. If you need instructions, Shannon from Naturally Contrary has a great terrarium tutorial.
- Etsy is a great source for vintage, and this Planter with Applied Floral Motif from Mon Jardin Vintage is truly a one-of-a-kind find. The bright turquoise color and cheery flowers will brighten up the grayest winter day.
- Bring a little zen into your home this fall with this Mini Buddha Head Planter from Brooklyn Global. It’s perfect for brightening up a dark corner.
- I love this Aged Concrete Planter from msink, which is the perfect pot for a space that needs a little texture.
- I’m looking for a hanging pot for my apartment, and this Geometric Hanging Planter from Revisions Design is a great option. The leather cord is such a unique and modern touch.
- How cool is this Monogram Planter Box by Rooted in Succulents?!?
- This Sweet Pea Planter from Kim Westad is so pretty. It would look amazing planted with a graceful white orchid.
- Another great vintage find! This Brass Hammered Basket Planter from Amy’s Vintage Decorium has such a unique shape.
- For a Jonathan Adler-esque feel, you can’t beat this Snail Garden Planter from Fruit Fly Pie. Be sure to check out the shop for lots of other fun designs, too.
What is your favorite kind of plant? Do you have any plant care tips for those of us with a black thumb?
When we moved to New York, my husband and I downsized from a two bedroom apartment to a one bedroom apartment. As you can imagine, I had to get rid of a lot of stuff. I love our new place though and don’t miss the extra space.
Our living room is still a work in progress (check out my original plan). Although it’s not complete, I thought it would be fun to give a you a peek into our space.
We had visitors this past weekend, and I really hate having people over when my apartment is a mess. The little details make a big difference, so one of the things I worked on was organizing our bookcase.
There’s still a lot to accomplish in this room. I was inspired by Anne at Wit Wisdom and Food to create a to do list. She has a list for her whole house, but I’m starting small! Hopefully, this will keep me on track.
- Install additional shelves. What you don’t see above is a picture of the wall/corner full of boxes. Our plan to buy another bookcase or two for our living room was foiled by an oversized radiator. This mounted shelving unit is the inspiration for my new plan.
- Purchase a small cabinet for files and office supplies. Our desk is tiny, which works well for the space, but we need more storage (picture more unpacked boxes ).
- Find a new fireplace screen. We lucked out: our apartment has a working fireplace! The fireplace screen is huge and ugly though, and it has to go.
- Organize and hide electrical cords (enough said).
- Hang pictures. I’ve hung a grand total of three pictures in our whole apartment. Most of our art and accessories is in those boxes mentioned in #1 above.
- Buy a rug for the “office area.” I’m picturing something natural (sisal or jute).
If I can get these items checked off my list by the end of the year, I’ll be very happy!
Are you a list maker, or do you prefer to wing it?