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Arden's Edith Wharton Style




New York, New York



Square Feet:


What I Love About My Home

We love the super high ceilings, and the hard wood floors, the working fireplace, and the original detail of the building (it is on the parlor floor of a real 1830's mansion in the West Village- Edith Wharton style!) We wanted to go for an old school New York glamour. The high ceilings give lots of wall space for our art. We love that the size (the main room is 182 square feet) forces us to be mindful of what we buy and bring in because there is just not room for everything. We try to get rid of 2 or 3 things for every thing I buy.

Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home

The bed! Where to put the stinking bed. Since the ceilings are so high I kept wishing we could just dangle the bed from the ceiling! We moved from LA and so we basically had to start from scratch- so the budget was a concern. But mixing Ikea, Home Goods, Pier 1 and thrift stores became a fun challenge to make it look chic! There is only one tiny closet, but we found this great wardrobe at Ikea that really worked well in the space. Also, finding a tiny couch that was not super wide was hard- but Pottery Barn had a great "apartment sofa" on sale. Trying to make little spaces for work, rest, socializing and eating was challenging. But I think we did it! We love our little home- it feels so glamorous!

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Comments (91)

Missed the fireplace.

posted by daylight on April 18, 2011 at 12:39pm
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very charming space!

posted by mekleiber on April 20, 2011 at 3:31pm
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Yes - a FLOORPLAN. Dynamite entry. Thanks, Arden! I learn so much from spaces like yours.

posted by shelteringsky on April 20, 2011 at 7:29pm
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i like your style so much!! very cosy and elegant... your coffe table in front of the sofa is great; i vote you :)

posted by burcuayaz1 on April 18, 2011 at 10:27am
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This is my fave of all the entries so far. Love it!

posted by peculiarchick on April 18, 2011 at 10:29am
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it's the Bricks and wood that makes your space a winner - youre fortunate already, dont have to win a Prize, (you) already have something great =)=)

posted by JulianneMay on April 18, 2011 at 10:56am
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Would love to know where your pillow cases came from

posted by azaleasmoke on April 18, 2011 at 10:37am
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i love how purple works in your apartment!

posted by arnold on April 18, 2011 at 10:45am
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My very favorite so far! Love it!

posted by kabbie12 on April 18, 2011 at 10:55am
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Love your space! It feels very chic and welcoming... your lamps are perfect :-)

posted by Sheila Zeller on April 18, 2011 at 11:12am
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Love it all! Your place is my favorite of all. Do you do interior design?

posted by Cris from Tinlark on April 18, 2011 at 11:13am
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Love love, i feel! Favorite entry of all, so far!

posted by Pheadaee on April 18, 2011 at 11:04am
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Thanks guys! The pillow cases are just from HomeGoods (the TJ maxx homestore.) The pouf was a splurge and I can't remember the name of the store. On east 4th street in NYC. Will get back to you.

posted by Arden Myrin on April 18, 2011 at 11:07am
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Oh my goodness... I love this! Great use of space!

posted by kinyama on April 18, 2011 at 11:07am
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Wow! I am really impressed! I love how well you kept everything to scale and how un "big box store" your place looks- very beautiful!

posted by Christen A. on April 18, 2011 at 11:09am
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This place is so perfect! I want to live in this apartment!

posted by Mrs Sweary on April 18, 2011 at 11:25am
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This is fantastic! I love the details - lovely bedding, the lamp on that silver piece of furniture, and the Keep Calm and Carry On. Very cool.

posted by Ann Moller on April 18, 2011 at 11:28am
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Beautifully designed and great use of limited space. Bravo.

posted by THE BASICS Magazine on April 18, 2011 at 11:49am
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love it!

posted by melindahill on April 18, 2011 at 11:57am
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I love the flowers and the vases! Where are they from?

posted by britwash on April 18, 2011 at 12:04pm
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Great! Voted for you, but I think the last word on the best position for the bed has not been said...

posted by sofialaca on April 18, 2011 at 12:06pm
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Very cozy. I'd love to know what brand and model of stove that is.

posted by CallDoctorBison on April 18, 2011 at 12:11pm
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This is the first entry I've "liked" - because I simply LOVE it! What beautiful style!

posted by AMS629 on April 18, 2011 at 12:18pm
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The only thing we could figure out for the bed was diagonal so I didn't dominate the room (it didn't fit against the far wall because of the fireplace, and the shutters made it hard on the sides). The stove is Avanti, the vases are Pier 1.

posted by Arden Myrin on April 18, 2011 at 12:19pm
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you did an AMAZING job with this! and to think i'm weary of sharing an almost 900 sq feet apartment with my boyfriend...if you can do it in this amount of space there are no excuses for me! :) gorgeous!

posted by gwenifer21 on April 18, 2011 at 12:42pm
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Would love to know where the couch came from.

posted by Megan_P on April 18, 2011 at 12:45pm
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Couch is apartment sofa at Pottery Barn.

posted by Arden Myrin on April 18, 2011 at 12:50pm
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For something this teeny-tiny, it looks so cozy and spaceous. LOVE LOVE LOVE what you've done with the amount of space that you have.

posted by Chilena con Carnage on April 18, 2011 at 1:37pm
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posted by MollyJean on April 18, 2011 at 1:37pm
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I absolutely love everything about your space except one thing....Does EVERYONE have that Keep Calm Carry On poster!? Holy crap I'm tired of seeing it.

posted by delg23 on April 18, 2011 at 1:52pm
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WOW...that is TINY!!! Don't know if I could manage in a place that small...but somehow you make it work.

posted by rexrayfan on April 18, 2011 at 1:59pm
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I love the kitchen. Wonderfull.

posted by Ofelia on April 18, 2011 at 3:02pm
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I agree about the "Keep Calm and Carry On"- I got it 3 years ago when I had never seen it anywhere- I have thought about switching it out- but I have to say it really does calm me down and I love the design of it. Maybe when I get my next job I will buy another piece of art!

posted by Arden Myrin on April 18, 2011 at 2:03pm
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The yellow pouf - where did you get it?

posted by Pamela L on April 18, 2011 at 2:04pm
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Wow. I mean, wow. Great job

posted by misssamwilson on April 18, 2011 at 2:07pm
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The yellow pouf is from John Derian. They have GREAT colors! That was a splurge.

posted by Arden Myrin on April 18, 2011 at 2:16pm
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Inviting, warm and elegant. Well done.

posted by Andorsia on April 18, 2011 at 2:42pm
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Would love to know where your sofa is from! The whole space looks very cozy and elegant... wouldn't have thought to angle the bed like that, but I like it.

posted by jessicaclaire on April 18, 2011 at 2:55pm
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Very nice - and how fun to live in an 1830s house, even if it does mean having to be creative about the use of space.

posted by martigny on April 18, 2011 at 3:07pm
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Fan-freaking-tastic. Love it! I especially love how you've used the height of the ceilings to your advantage. Well done.

posted by Reeses902 on April 18, 2011 at 3:08pm
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This is wonderful, great job!!!

posted by rosygirl on April 18, 2011 at 4:15pm
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posted by rachaelb on April 18, 2011 at 4:25pm
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Perfect. This is what I come to AT for. (And I still love Keep Calm and Carry On, even if it's a cliche, because it's a great... statement, somehow. I find the sentiment strengthening.)

posted by Juliet___ on April 18, 2011 at 5:08pm
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I really enjoy this.

posted by Lilah on April 18, 2011 at 7:01pm
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Lovely space but not my style - too many designs for me. Still, classy!

posted by Shadlyn on April 18, 2011 at 8:42pm
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Gosh, that's a cute little kitchen.

posted by rajaune on April 18, 2011 at 11:42pm
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Love it! I hope you win!!! You got my vote :)

posted by Taryn.Frances on April 18, 2011 at 11:44pm
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I love your place! So cozy! I would love to know where you purchased your coffee table?

posted by sarah1215 on April 19, 2011 at 7:37am
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@Skylark1992 Thank you! I bet your dorm is cute! And as I said before I feel ya about the Keep Calm and Carry on, but I have had it for years and it does calm me down! Maybe when I make a little more dough I will buy a new piece of art.

@Sarah1215 I got my coffee table at a great Antique's store in Tiverton, RI called "Peter's Attic" - he has great stuff and great prices.

posted by Arden Myrin on April 19, 2011 at 8:36am
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its so pretty and classy, such an amazing use of space. Livable and lovely!

posted by MsLyon on April 19, 2011 at 9:18am
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So elegant!

posted by Cayennegirl on April 19, 2011 at 1:21pm
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I have never been more impressed.

posted by cynthia_jane on April 19, 2011 at 1:52pm
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I love it! And I love the Keep Calm and Carry On as well, I don't care if everyone in the world has one!

posted by pheebs79 on April 19, 2011 at 6:19pm
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I kind of feel like this apartment is having a little bit of an identity crisis. The Keep Calm and Carry On poster, and the yellow print chair and yellow ottoman don't seem to fit with everything else. I think it's lovely, I'm just a little confused when I look at it.

posted by sweethomesweet on April 19, 2011 at 7:50pm
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You've succeeded in achieving the old school NY glamour....very lovely, indeed!

posted by junklover on April 19, 2011 at 9:02pm
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Impressive use of (very little) space!

posted by lsteffen on April 19, 2011 at 9:38pm
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So lovely! I think you did an amazing job with such a small space - it definitely stands out from the crowd. And I too am still a big fan of Keep Calm Carry On - keep it up!

posted by AsianCajuns (Cath) on April 19, 2011 at 11:48pm
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I must admit I am not a fan of the diagonal bed, though totally understand you probably didn't have a choice. It just looks a bit odd.

But otherwise, love the yellow foot stool!

posted by lollybox on April 20, 2011 at 7:23am
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Have to give that lamp and small table some love. I also live in an 1800s space. Have the tall windows and high ceilings and room for art; also minuscule kitchen and no closets to speak of. It really is a trade-off. That tiny stove is adorable - any make/model info on that?

posted by Vacationland on April 20, 2011 at 1:28pm
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Love love love it!

posted by estrellitas on April 20, 2011 at 2:36pm
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The purple is beautiful. I love your combination of colors.

posted by estrellitas on April 20, 2011 at 2:40pm
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This is such a classy space - what a great use of proportion for each piece of furniture and decor, love love love. Each area flows so well into each other!

posted by glasgowgirl on April 20, 2011 at 5:08pm
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Lovely. Despite its small size and multi purpose functionality, it feel sophisticated and grown up. Poetic almost.

posted by rosymamacita on April 20, 2011 at 6:01pm
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You have made a small space look big. I love it!! Where did you buy the chair? As for the Keep Calm poster, I had never seen it before AT and I for one love it. We can't buy the poster where I live so when you buy new art send it to me *kidding...well, not really*

posted by S.J.P. on April 20, 2011 at 6:56pm
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This one is my favorite. :) I keep staring at that living area hoping to absorb some of your sense of style, lol. Love the purple lamp and *especially* that coffee table. And I could definitely use that apt. couch for my small space, too!

posted by suneimi on April 20, 2011 at 8:29pm
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It's de-lovely, it's delightful.

posted by Kate (NC) on April 21, 2011 at 10:40am
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this apartment rocks my world.

posted by party on April 21, 2011 at 5:05pm
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Thank you so much for all the nice remarks! @S.J.P. We actually ordered the chair online from Target! They have a lot of great upholstered stuff online that looks a lot like Anthrolpology made it- but for a fraction of the cost!

posted by Arden Myrin on April 21, 2011 at 6:15pm
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A fabulous job on a challenging space! Love the eclectic mix [my style too], every detail and even the bed placement, which I actually find interesting... even if it was by default. :)
Voted for you!

posted by my name was already taken on April 21, 2011 at 7:29pm
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Wow, this is so different from my personal style, but I am so in love with it! A lot of great unique pieces that somehow work really well together.

posted by aj510 on April 21, 2011 at 10:21pm
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I feel your passion with this room, good job!

posted by scandesign on April 22, 2011 at 5:16am
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very neat

posted by altoria on April 22, 2011 at 2:25pm
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Putting the bed next to the fireplace: good idea, or BEST idea?! That's awesome! You found the coziest place!

posted by Katy did. on April 22, 2011 at 5:39pm
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posted by shizuru on April 22, 2011 at 8:14pm
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Very comfortable and liveable.

posted by Dave Parker on April 23, 2011 at 12:07pm
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I cant understand why this hasnt received more votes - come on people.....this space is lovely. Well thought out and carefully and skillfully executed and most of all somewhere you would want to come home to. I'm hooked.

posted by Skyrat on April 24, 2011 at 2:42am
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This feels cosy, yet airy and spacious - bravo! The pieces you've chosen fit the space well, and it looks very individual. One of my favourites.

posted by pearmelon on April 24, 2011 at 4:35am
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It is my favorite in this catagory and I love the bed at an angle. Pretty colors you have chosen

posted by thriftycheapskate on April 25, 2011 at 9:03pm
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Lovely space! And I like the Keep Calm and Carry On poster. I think it's a great phrase to live life by. I don't know if anyone asked already but where is the cream-coloured loveseat from? I'm looking for a loveseat that's comfortable and elegant - just like that!

posted by owlmug on April 25, 2011 at 11:00pm
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can i ask where you found those purple lamps and the little silver nightstand?

posted by shanstar22 on April 27, 2011 at 5:29pm
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oh and where did you find the coffee table?

posted by shanstar22 on April 27, 2011 at 5:32pm
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ditto. love that coffee table!

posted by 3floorsup on April 27, 2011 at 7:08pm
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i keep coming back to this piece. i cant forget how good it looks.

posted by JulianneMay on April 27, 2011 at 8:10pm
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What a great job for such a little space. That coffee table is so cool! Don't listen to mello1, hang whatever pictures make you happy. that's the whole point of art!

posted by conejitoasesino on April 28, 2011 at 5:57am
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LOVE. I covet your McCoy deco vases.

posted by pbzoe on April 29, 2011 at 9:53pm
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LOVE your place. Just so you know, you're the only entry I've actually voted for. And I've looked at tons! :)

posted by hurricanekc on May 1, 2011 at 1:48am
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Love what you've done with your place! It's very inspiring they way you've mixed old and new pieces into such a elegant but homey feeling despite the teeny-tiny space.

posted by Mimi H on May 6, 2011 at 6:56pm
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lovely home, you made your tiny little space into an actual home. love the hint of purple in your first shot and your full range of color. nothing looks out of place. nice!

posted by artist girl on May 11, 2011 at 11:34am
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You did "old school New York glamour" to perfection..right om! love the purple as well

posted by Debbie Chap on June 26, 2011 at 12:47pm
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This place is absolutely delicious...high end glamour - LOVE the kitchen

posted by Debbie Chap on August 7, 2011 at 11:17am
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Just watched you on the Nate Berkus show. Love your design! Where can I buy the sticky wall paper?

posted by ilovenyc on February 10, 2012 at 6:03pm
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