Lizzy Oates knows a thing or two about making the most of a small space. She and her husband share this beautiful 650 square foot apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Three years ago, while apartment hunting, Lizzy’s rental agent mentioned a great new space that went on the market, but didn’t have the big kitchen that Lizzy, an avid cook and entertainer, wanted. Undeterred by the kitchen news, Lizzy and her husband decided to see the space and ended up signing on the apartment the next day. While the space didn’t have the full kitchen Lizzy was hoping for, it did have big beautiful windows, a wealth of natural light and a porch that would make any New Yorker jealous. When Amy, Max and I went to visit Lizzy’s apartment to take photographs, we all agreed it was the sort of small but perfectly chic space that reminded us of Sex & The City. High praise from this team.
Newly married, Lizzy and her husband, “Didn’t have much to [their] name.” So rather than spending too much on all new furniture, they worked with pieces that were given to them from friends and family. Lizzy recently started her career in interior design and describes her style as “traditional with a twist”. To me, their space is warm, welcoming and timeless. It’s the sort of apartment any city-dweller would be lucky to have and we are so thrilled she was kind enough to share it with us here today. Thanks so much to Lizzy and her husband for letting us into their beautiful light-filled home.
Photographs by Maxwell Tielman
Images above: “In my opinion the Audubon swan print adds a lot to our living room. It is a wonderful statement piece that gives a focal point to the room. It came from my husband’s grandmother. The mirrors in the hallway make the apartment feel much bigger than it is.”
The full home tour continues after the jump!