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Small space living: my NYC studio apartment



Here are some of the renter-friendly products I used to decorate and personalize my rental studio apartment:

Wall decor:
Double-sided Removable Tape: https://amzn.to/2t9TMTL

I’ve used this double-sided tape for anything from hanging art on walls, to molding on doors, to holding up supports to make extra shelves in my kitchen cabinets and closets. It’s very strong (will hold up to 2 lbs) and the best part is that it’s removable and won’t leave any residue on the wall. I always make sure I have a roll in my tool kit and in my “everything” drawer.

3M Command Strips: https://amzn.to/2taJXoy

These 3M Command strips have been my best friend for many years. They are surprisingly strong and I’ve used them to secure a variety of items to walls but they are perfect for picture frames but also for items that are bigger. As long as the items are resting on the floor, they can stay secured to the wall, like I did here with a wall panel I made with a rug, and this coat rack.

Window treatments

Nono Brackets: http://amzn.to/2nWD5Yt

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how much I dislike vertical blind and how I’m always looking for ways to get rid of them or camouflage them. These nono brackets slide onto the existing vertical blind track, and allow you to hang a curtain rod and curtains, all without drilling any holes in the wall! You can see how I use them in this bedroom makeover.

Drapery Hooks: http://amzn.to/2et8z47

I’ve also used these to hang curtains from the existing vertical blind hardware.

Lighting

LED lightbulbs: http://amzn.to/2et8z47

The first thing I do when moving into a new apartment is to switch out all the incandescent light bulbs for LED light bulbs. They last longer and consume less energy so you save money in the long run. I like to buy dimmable ones because they can be used with any type of light switch. I’ve also recently started using smart LED bulbs you can control with your smart phone but they also work with Alexa or Google Assistant.

Wall mounted switch and plug-in receiver : https://amzn.to/2t9XvRf

My life changed for the better when I discovered wall mounted switches and plug-in receivers and I’ve used these in just about every home I’ve lived in since! They give you the ability to add a light switch anywhere to control plug-in lamps. You simply plug the receiver into an outlet and then plug your lamp into the receiver. Then you place the light switch anywhere you want in the room.

Easy Plug-in Dimmer Switch: https://amzn.to/2liFRWZ

Having light switches with dimmers makes it easy to change the mood of a space – it’s fairly easy to switch out regular switches to dimmable ones, but an quick alternative is to use plug-in dimmer switches instead. You simply plug the lamp into the switch, plug the switch into an outlet and you’re done! Just be sure you select the right one depending on wether you have incandescent or LED lightbulbs.

Thanks to these things and many DIY projects, I completely transformed my small NYC studio apartment into a functional, stylish & livable space, & then transformed it back to its original state: It was a wonderful place to call home for the past 3 years – no only was it the inspiration for “Engineer Your Space”, it was also the source of many of the projects you’ve seen on the show. But it’s now time for a change, and before I make the move to my new home in sunny California, I want to take you on a tour of my rental apartment.

You’ll see how I made small space living work for me using DIY home décor projects to make my small studio apartment a beautiful and functional place to live and work. One of the main things I did was create distinct areas like an entryway and a bedroom that are visually separate from the rest of the apartment using bookcases and a hanging wall divider from IKEA. From removing closet doors to making my own custom lighting, there is no shortage of DIY projects in my studio apartment. All of these projects were easy to build in my apartment, easy to take apart, and left the apartment exactly the way it was when I moved in, ensuring I got my safety deposit back!

I hope you enjoy the tour of my apartment and that you can use some of these studio apartment ideas to decorate your rental like you own it!

Want to see what I’m working on next? Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eyspace/

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33 comments

  1. clever ideas

  2. Why move out 🤷‍♀️after all that I would be there forever
    😂😂😂😂

  3. Great job, very imaginative!! Best of luck in your new home!

  4. TheFirstOf November

    New🍎York Gypsy … 2 lox only? where do you live? … I'm kidding ya but I'm not. …btw I really like your style. Thank you

  5. Luv luv luv this!! Thank you

  6. love this video

  7. The ideas are nice but it seems a bit cluttered and crowded. I’d probably rather just get rid of some stuff and have more of an open/bright flow. To each their own though!

  8. los Angeles (a.k.a shithole) !? new & exciting opportunities? like what, porn?

  9. Some should get into the real world, to see what they considered to be small is not small compared to places that are small. For example two of the rooms on the plans would be my whole apartment.

  10. ♥your ideas !

  11. 👍

  12. Terrific ideas!

  13. What a fantastic video! I do have a rather small apartment myself, and I’ve searched all kinds of websites and videos to get ideas on maximizing my place. Your ideas were by far the best I’ve ever come across. Thanks so much for that! And keep up the fabulous work!

  14. WOW!! Inspired!

  15. Amazing

  16. I wish I could live in this small studio. Looks so cozy😃😃😃😃

  17. Saba Bushnaq's Art

    I love what youve done! So inspiring and creative.

  18. Jesus, I'd pay you to help me with my condo. It's much bigger than the one in this video but all your perfect ideas made your tiny studio look so bigger. I'd love to see what you could do with my 1 h bdrm apt, I have huge living room, nice kitchen and dining room, also another little room I use as a office and then the bdrm and bathrm. You probably could make my condo look so much better bigger and much more style, im a straight bachelor so I'm not so good with interior design, and details and all the stuff u kno how to do….id love to see what you could do with my place. I bet I wouldn't even recognize it cuz it's bigger than your NYC studio yet your studio looked bigger and so much nicer…..please anyone near new York or jersey plz let me kno if u kno how to make a apt look great for Italian jersey boy. I need help. I have no sense of design or whatever. Thanx

  19. We know where the jewelry is now 😁

  20. So many surprising ideas!

  21. I live in Queens, the studios here are half the size she had. U can barely fit a small bed and a couch. This lady has money.

  22. Since when do NYC landlords allow renovations inside their apartments? Did you own this unit and sell it when you moved to L.A.? Most landlords are picky about nail holes on the walls never mind major renovations!!

  23. Nice job but a lot of work for one person and still not very inexpensive for a rental unit. Looks more like it was done for this video just to film it and to prove a point. That’s okay but unrealistic for most people.

  24. Just genius!!!

  25. I love your design, but PLEASE try to learn not to use the word 'now' so much. It's as annoying as 'uh.'

  26. Great ideas! Good luck in LA

  27. Mercy Gono BSN, RN

    I enjoyed your apartment tour. I recently did an apartment tour on my channel is well. You did a great job.

  28. Good job Isabelle

  29. Glenn, job Isabelle

  30. Really beautiful. Congratulations from Canary islands Spain

  31. Who in their right mind chooses LA over NYC

  32. Brilliant!!