NYC Apartment Style

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Over the past month, I’ve been sketching, browsing, designing and shopping to find all of the perfect items for my NEW NYC apartment and bedroom! I got pretty lucky by finding what’s considered a large room (approx. 14 x 12 feet, yeah seriously!) while the majority of bedrooms are smaller squares like 8 x 10, or oblong like 7 x 13. Best of all, I’m loving my new neighborhood – a great part of the city called Lenox Hill.

I took this project on with excitement: new furniture, a whole new color scheme, and best of all, a place to myself to decorate, take care of and enjoy. However, I was not as excited when I saw the prices of furniture, bedding, necessities, moving trucks and more. So, I tried to shop logically–a lot of sales and budget buys–and items that would last a few years, rather than so cheap that they fall apart after a few months or a super expensive bed frame or dresser that I might outgrow the style of.

The before is not bad by any means, it’s just to show the comparison and how I managed to find my own personal style. For those curious about where all my shoes and clothes are, I have an alcove with space for 2 shoe racks, a standing wardrobe, laundry hamper and closet outside of the room/in the living room as well. Possibly some pictures of that to come!

BEFORE:

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It had a blue and white color combination with some artsy geometric accents and a lot of shelving!

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There were a few shelves and bookcases with books, knick knacks and other items plus a mini fridge and a lot of lighting via floor lamps.

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I definitely wanted to move a few things around, and so before the move began, I made some floorplan sketches and shopping lists…

MIDWAY

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Building my IKEA Malm Dressing Table was not as easy as it looks…

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And then trying to figure out where everything should go…

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AFTER!

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It’s funny how small my dressing table/desk can look in some pictures.. this monster is about 4 feet wide! I put a bright floor lamp next to it so I would have good lighting while applying my makeup. Then, I leaned a nice big 24×24 inch mirror on top of my new vanity desk, added on my jewelry stands, makeup organization, nail polish collection and few other items. Below is a beautiful gray and white chevron ottoman I purchased, and a beautiful white whicker mirror that I can move or slant if needed.

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It looks so bare right now, but here is my 3-drawer dresser, along with a flat-screen TV and cable and DVD hook up. I’m looking into paintings, wall decals and other decorative items like wall shelves to put up around it.

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Gotta love my windows and lighting! Although the view may not be beautiful, I got a lot of natural light through these 3-feet wide by 6-feet high windows! In between them I decided the create a storage space, and so I currently have this white and wicker Home Goods find and a pink storage organizer for some of my beauty items that didn’t fit on my vanity.

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My marshmallow bed! I invested in a great down duvet, plus a snow white cover, sheets and pillowcases, along with some fluffy and furry accent and body pillows. I definitely need to invest in some “Queen-sized” pillows now that I know they exist though!

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K approved the bed for softness and cuddliness.

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Here are a couple close-ups on my vanity… still a work in progress!

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Jewelry and makeup galore…

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And some cute accents like this ceramic white owl mug!

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And this white and black accent shoe that’s actually a WINE BOTTLE HOLDER! Yes!

It’s not 100% done yet, as you can tell by some of the assorted cords and boxes, plus the very bare walls. I’m currently looking into window drapes/curtains, artwork or decals for the white walls (I like the white, but they need a pop!), night-table (since mine broke during move-in) and a few extra pillows!

What do you think about the changes so far? Any recommendations for decor?

Kenzie

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