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