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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.