Check out this Man­hat­tan dream home—in a rented apart­ment.


THE GOAL OF MY BLOG, City Chic Dé­cor, is to teach oth­ers how they can cre­ate their dream home in a rented space. I’m also a fan of flea mar­kets and go to city flea mar­kets at least once a month. Dec­o­rat­ing a smaller space can be a chal­lenge: You want your home to re­flect your per­sonal style, while still leav­ing room for func­tion­al­ity. The first thing I like to sug­gest is to start with your bases. These are the fo­cal items in your home, the large pieces of fur­ni­ture such as your couch or bed. Stay away from bases that are low to the ground, be­cause you want room un­derneath for stor­age. For ex­am­ple, I keep my pho­tog­ra­phy and video equip­ment un­der the couch and my sea­sonal dé­cor un­der the bed. The next tip is to use un­ex­pected places for stor­age. Think small. Even a crevice such as the space be­tween two pieces of fur­ni­ture, or a piece of fur­ni­ture and a wall, could turn into a stor­age zone. I use the crevice be­tween my bed and my night­stand to stash ex­tra serv­ing trays. I found that I could use the space above my kitchen cab­i­nets to squeeze in an ex­tra “pantry” area, by plac­ing bas­kets up there that func­tion like draw­ers. Lastly, I use my dé­cor as stor­age. A flea-mar­ket find like a TV tray ta­ble can be a clever way to dis­play books, for ex­am­ple, or a metal bin can be re­pur­posed as a mag­a­zine holder. Turn­ing in­te­rior fea­tures into stor­age is a great way to mix de­sign and func­tion­al­ity.

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