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A Tiny Studio Made to Feel Like a Luxurious Hotel Suite

by Amy Azzarito

Living in New York City, you sometimes have to sacrifice space for location but that certainly doesn’t mean sacrificing style. Two years ago, when interior designer Jana Bek moved into this tiny apartment in New York City’s Financial District, she decided that rather than try to hide the bed away, she’d treat the apartment like a luxurious hotel room. Jana specializes in e-design (affordable interior design done through Facetime, phone and email correspondence rather than face-to-face meetings). She put her bargain hunting skills to the test when creating this space -which is a mixture of high/low – so an Ikea console stands next to a Saarinen coffee table, with plenty of One Kings Lane and Etsy scores throughout the space. Her goal was to create a space that was as welcoming as it was relaxing- so when the couple entertains, they simply pull the stools out from under the window and gather around the coffee table.  Thanks, Jana! Thanks to Erik Melvin for the lovely photographs! –Amy

Image above: The couch was custom made by Mary McDonald (not for me!) I purchased it in a One Kings Lane Tastemaker Tag sale.The gallery wall took patience because I wanted to find pieces I loved – when I was a buyer at One Kings Lane – John Derian made an exclusive collection of prints – I was obsessed with every one, so there are a few of those, Etsy finds, & two artists I frequently use in client’s homes Jen Ramos & Randa Salloum.

Image above: The vintage bark cloth pillows were the inspiration for the palette of the room, another fabulous Etsy find; unfortunately I bought everything she had.


See all the details of this tiny NYC apartment after the jump!


Image above: Most of the decorative items are from Etsy, styled on West Elm lacquer trays – I’m a sucker for both!


Image above: The duvet is vintage Pottery Blan (aka 5 years ago) the pattern reminded me of Bamboo – I want to petition they bring it back.

Image above: I’m always asked where the Buddha is from – ABC Home in NYC; what a treasure trove that store is!








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