The Curated Quarters of a Prop Stylist

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Living in close quarters can be tricky. It takes way more than the slightest touch of ingenuity to turn tiny into inviting. Rebecca Bartoshesky didn’t let a lack in square footage get her down when she began crafting her Williamsburg, Brooklyn one-bedroom five years ago. As a prop stylist, she is always bringing home new treasures that add a little spice to the 400-square-foot space she calls home. Careful to never let her apartment cross over into “prop-house land,” Rebecca has “gone with the flow in terms of decorating (her) space,” she says. The apartment’s effortless style can be attributed to several factors, from not letting the small size dictate her taste to taking her time when renovating. By letting these renovations evolve throughout the years, she has been able to thoughtfully modernize her apartment without compromising the vintage charm and original details that make this peek so unique.

I lived in a micro apartment even smaller than Rebecca’s not too long ago. Accepting the challenge of small-space living proved so daunting that I simply didn’t do anything to the apartment at all. “If I can’t make it perfect, I won’t make it at all,” I thought. If only I had remembered what my parents taught me growing up: that in the end, it’s our imperfections that make us perfect. I believe the same can be said for houses. The slightly off-center, one-of-a-kind and strikingly unique places that our readers call home are in no way perfect. That’s why we find them so interesting. Rebecca’s unabashed acceptance and excitement around making her small home the best it can be is inspiring and the results could not be more beautiful. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Maxwell Tielman


  1. Baanou says:

    Love the use of space… Truly Unique.. The way a home should be. <3


  2. Not exactly my asthetic but I totally appreciate the care and eye for detail in living in such a small space. As I build my tiny house I’m going to be so careful and ruthless when it comes to decor and editing the space. Love this post!

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  3. enrica says:

    Such a beautiful small house with a big soul – Thank you Rebecca for sharing it with us.

  4. Tanja says:

    wow! such a lovely place!!!

  5. Charlotte says:

    What is the paint color of the white walls? Love the home!

  6. Gabrielle says:

    This space is very inspiring. I love the understated/sweet/organic vibe of it. I want to find rounded terra cotta pots for the plants in my living room… The silver hearts in the bedroom are so lovely, as is the stunning bedside mirror bedside. I really like the two-toned walls in the kitchen. Also, can we talk about that tin panel ceiling? Gorgeous!

  7. gina says:

    I love this home…its so cozy and real. I also love what Garrett said ….I also get caught up in that “if I can’t make it perfect I won’t make it at all” mindset. (glad to know I’m not alone!)….and this reminds me to try to let go of that…..otherwise I’ll never truly be “home”.

    1. Garrett Fleming says:

      Hi Gina,

      You’re absolutely not alone.

      One of our very own, Caitlin, did a fabulous feature on “Living with the Imperfect,” a bit ago. I highly recommend it.



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