the evolution of a 100 sq ft living room

My style inspiration changes constantly. I want a scandi neutral space, then I want a bohemian, bright and luscious one. Mostly, I’m somewhere in the middle, because no way will I be able to survive without color, but there comes a point when I need to cool it, and opt for clean, white walls, and simple, hardwood floors.

We just moved apartments in Brooklyn – same neighborhood, but a little more space. I should mention, having a baby was involved, and the deciding factor when our living room became baby central (see below).  We moved into Carroll Gardens apartment in 2015 as newlyweds, then transitioned to living again with our previous roommate (hence the ridiculous two sofas for football Sunday), to getting pregnant, living alone and realizing our sofa pre-2012 was full of flame retardant chemicals (insert increased levels of hormones + new parent freak out), to living with a newborn, to living with a (gasp) soon-to-be toddler who has taken over our lives, souls, and everything in between.

So without further ado,  in chronological order, the transformation of our living room:

winter/spring 2015 – the early years (I’m not happy about the two sofa squish either, but like I said, football Sunday > my need for open space (or, choose your battles).

 

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fall 2016 – Bye, roommate, hello prego nesting + beautiful, hardwood floors

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fall 2016 + two days – fuck, baby research + said prego hormones decided that spending more money ala one salary was fiiiineeee for a new + safe sofa.

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fall 2016 + two weeks – ah, that baby glider/recliner is actually pretty big. Nesting for the win. The glider is from Monte in Canada. Best. purchase. ever.

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the nesting was intense.

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Ok, so this isn’t in the living room, but right?! How good (and clean!) did this place look with the help of all my hormones!!??

winter 2016 – ok fine, having a baby does change the scandi vs boho decision being my biggest dilemma.

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insert: a tired husband and baby. also insert: our attempt at plastic-free lasting 2 months.

summer 2017 – yea, it’s definitely time to move

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she crawled under that barrier in about t-minus 2 mins.

Next stop: that new two bedroom + two living room (Brooklyn, is this real life?!) apartment.

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dreaming big in tiny spaces

We’re going big with this tiny studio. It’s maybe, maybe, 300 sqft? It’s in Cobble Hill in Brooklyn, and simply put, this spot my friend Tyler found is, perfect. I won’t even start with how great a deal all these items cost us. Here’s a sneak peak. Until more…

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You have a fake fireplace in your bedroom too?

They’re charming. They’re horribly painted, with maybe marble here or there. They’re a free shelf. A fake bed frame. Character. Pretend or real. Maybe 120 years old. In any case, they’re here to stay, and you gotta figure out what to do with it. Here’s what we did with ours. Print is from the National Gallery of Australia. Bottles are from a flea market + and an old kale juice pressed. Salmon pot from Target. Books, sadly, and most likely, Amazon. Ooh lala.

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That spare ‘room’ — is it an office or a guest room?

It’s actually both. At least in a teeny NYC apartment it is. Here’s how you make it work:

  1. Find a small desk (2’x4′ is drastically smaller than anything 5′ long. And it helps not overwhelm. I love this CB2 one.
  2. Light colors furniture makes it feel bigger
  3. Not everything needs to be wood! Get some metal in there. Scared? Make it clean white.
  4. Mirrors make everything feel bigger! And clear glass is clean and spacious. (Urban Outfitters has a relatively fair priced living section where you can find one)
  5. A beautiful day bed also serves as a sofa, takes up less space, and no longer has to be a weird trundle. (Though yeah, those are pretty great, too). I’m loving this West Elm bed in walnut.
  6. And a beautiful Turkish fabric pillow? That makes everything better. (ala Etsy)

Guest Room : Office