tiffany box nyc studio apartment

Living in a Closet

There’s an old joke about a man who goes looking for an apartment in NYC and when he sees the first one says to the real estate agent, “This apartment has a huge closet. I love it”. The real estate agent turns to him and says, “This is the apartment”. While this joke may be a little cheesy it is very true of Manhattan living. Even the smallest apartment can cost thousands of dollars a month.

The above picture is the apartment I got after college. It was a studio which meant the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and living space are all in the same room. It did not have a closet and was a tiny box but I loved it because it was on Bleeker Street in the heart of the West Village. It may of been small but it was my box of an apartment.

I decided to paint my box apartment turquoise so it would look like a box from Tiffany’s. Since I didn’t have a closet I hung my dresses on the wall like they were art pieces and then put shelves on the wall for my shoes. I only lived in this apartment for a year but I loved waking up and looking at my lovely shoes and dresses on the wall!

It taught me that you can make everything glam and wonderful and that you are in control of your own happiness if you always surround yourself with things you cherish.

I want to hear from you now. Do you have any stories of glamming up the small things that life has given you and making them magnificent?

Stay Glamorous,

Shannon Sutherland

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  1. Mandy May 12, 2012 at 7:01 AM #

    Love what you did with your “shoe box” apartment. We currently have to deal with living in furnished housing provided by the hubby’s employer. It is way less than desirable and not my style at all. I think throw pillows and blankets spruce up the living room… or you can even get slip covers- which is our plan for our new apartment in Turkey. The house comes with stark white walls, so we pick up some sort of art to hang on the wall on every trip we go on… and we put up tons of family pictures. (plus now that Lily is into art, we have paintings and drawings from our budding artist.)

    I think you’re right, you do control your own happiness.

    • Shannon May 12, 2012 at 9:07 AM #

      True, And Lilly’s art will make you so happy!!!!

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