NY State of Mind

This past weekend, I was surprised by my wonderful husband with a trip to NYC for my 30th birthday! It was the best birthday I think I’ve had so far! We stayed with my sister(the graphic designer who helped me start this blog)  in central Harlem. Her condo is amazing! It’s in a great location, a few blocks from Central Park; and though it’s small, it’s packed with great design and function. Here’s the floor plan:


Floor Plan

Floor Plan


The square footage is a little under 600 ft², but it feels so comfortable and just like home. That’s because the space planning and interior elements were designed by Mom! I must admit that my creativity and inspiration to pursue interior design come from her. She has always delighted in creating a beautiful home and spaces for Dad and her 4 girls. So, now here’s a peak at what she did in my sister’s apartment.


Many of the pieces serve double purposes, and the use of small scale furniture keeps the rooms from feeling cluttered. The futon sofa folds down into a full bed. The back on the red chair folds down and makes a twin bed when combined with the red ottoman. The pieces were originally purchased from Value City Furniture. A pub table and stools create a small dining area. Linens for guests are hidden in the small armoire on which the tv sits. The custom art panels painted by Mom, the rug, pillows, draperies, and other art and accessories give the space a personal touch. The bedroom serves as an office as well as a place to sleep. Mom made the upholstered headboard, and vintage lamps are given a new look with different shades. A small nightstand with a full length mirror in the hallway serve as a drop spot for keys and mail. In the bathroom, a canvas closet organizer hanging on a tension rod provides extra storage for towels, washcloths, and toilet paper.

Mom has shown through my sister’s condo that clever design solutions and personal touches can make even a small space functional and fun. What clever ideas have you used in a small space?


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