If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or read this post, you know I recently collaborated with Gabby and Fabricut to share some small space living ideas using their product lines for my daughter’s New York City apartment.
It’s she and her roommates’ first apartment after college and like most Manhattan spaces, it is tiny.
Trying to make a small space fit all of your needs can have its challenges. My goal was to create a warm, functional Family Room for them and Bedroom for her while investing in pieces that will act as staples in the years to come.
Their apartment has great light that I wanted to accentuate. I could not help but think about the cold, dreary winter months ahead in the city and decided to create a cozy feel through lighting, fabrics, rugs, and furnishings.
(Note: Like something that you see? Concluding this post, I’m sharing all of the links to the Gabby lighting and bedside tables and to Fabricut’s upholstery, fabrics, and trims used in these two rooms).
Small Space Living Ideas: Bedroom Design
What’s behind the draperies, you ask?
My daughter’s bedroom is a decent size for Manhattan standards, but it lacked a closet. I took 2′ of the room and created a makeshift one with Fabricut’s quick ship draperies. The Roman Shades are part of their quick ship program as well.
We incorporated a vanity and an IKEA closet system behind the draperies. It only needs to last a year or two, and if she ends up using the closet system for longer than that, it’s a bonus.
Here’s a drawing of the closet wall:
I love that she can close the draperies to hide the mess, though not sure she would want to because it’s quite pretty with the Gabby lamp.
I knew I wanted to use one on Fabricut’s upholstered headboards for her because an upholstered headboard instantly softens a room. With this versatile style in one of their exclusive neutral velvets, I personalized her bed with custom pillows made out of Fabricut fabrics.
The chic Gabby “May” nightstand adds a little more storage, blends beautifully with the bed, and it fits like a glove in the space.
Small Space Living Ideas: Intimately Fabulous Family Room
Their Family Room is tiny – approximately 6 x 9 (plus the niche) and with its odd shape, there isn’t room for wasted space.
We started with a Fabricut loveseat and chair from their upholstery line as these are perfect pieces that can grow with my daughter. They give as much seating as the space allows and I envision them moving from home to home with her over the next several years.
It’s amazing the transformation this apartment made and I love how it came together. They have a nice start to some classic pieces that can move with them in the upcoming years.
I have listed below the furnishings, fabrics, and lighting by Gabby and Fabricut. Let me know if you implement any of my small space living ideas into your space as I enjoying hearing how my tips inspire you. And, as always, if we can help you turn your home into one you dream, please reach out here. We would love to discuss your project.
Have a great day,
Want to recreate this look? Click below on the direct links:
Custom Bed Pillows:
Fabricut’s Quick Ship Draperies + Roman Shades:
Custom Family Room Pillows:
- Loveseat Throw Pillows with Contrasting Flange
- Chair Lumbar Pillow Fabric with Contrasting Decorative Tape
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