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When I first moved to New York to intern, I lived on the Upper West Side in a small dark room, covered in deep green tiled floors, a craigslist roommate accompanied by a craigslist cat (that peed on my floors) and one tiny window in which the light that tried to squeeze through was blockaded by a steel A.C. unit. Courtney lived the good life in Union Square…she slept in a twin bed in a kitchen which she shared with her best friend (I kid you not). Needless to say, we have lived the not-so-glam NYC life. When we moved here permanently, we decided to move out to Brooklyn so we could get a little more space because let’s face it, our dreary cardboard boxes just weren’t gonna cut it.
While we found an awesome four bedroom apartment in Williamsburg we share with my friends from college, it’s New York, so it’s always going to be a bit cramped. We have found though, that through the help of some creative use of cabinets, constant organizing and fresh decor, you can turn your small apartment into a home you can be proud of. So here is how we have incorporated some unique, stylish and fab pieces to upgrade our everyday and turn our little apartment into an airy and spacious oasis!
Start with the pillows. We are (obviously) obsessing over marble these days so the decor was mostly based around the marble throw pillow. I am not one to be too matchy, matchy, so we decided to mix in some different patterns with this X throw pillow to liven up the place a bit! Throw pillows are the perfect way to add a little glam to your couch so you don’t have to drop the big bucks.
Next, it’s all about the ambiance. It’s truly amazing how much candles and flowers can make a difference in a room and to your mood. We always have fresh blooms and candles in the apartment so incorporating both into our design aesthetic was a must. These unusual X candle holders added a slight modern twist and this X vase adds a vibrant touch to the room.
Finally, add some personality! Our faux deer taxidermy we have named Earl, is a cool yet unexpected center-piece that perfectly tied together the living room. While we love paintings and wall-hangings, we wanted to stray away from something that would take up too much of the white wall because it would close off the leaving room. If you have a smaller space, keep as much wall clear to create the allusion of a larger room and to avoid too much eye clutter.
We are loving our touches of decor because it has helped create a space we truly love. Creating a comfortable living area in New York City (or anywhere) can be challenging especially when you are on a tight budget. Thankful to Fab.com and the Linqia Community for bringing about such a fun and lively blog post! They have been instrumental in how we created a space we genuinely love without emptying our wallets. So, just for our readers, we are encouraging you to enter the Fab.com $1,000 shopping spree contest, check it out here!
Courtney & Kelly