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Explore A Charming NYC Apartment With Slanted Floors | Sweet Digs | Refinery29

Hey guys, I’m Melina, welcome to my
fifth floor walkup…I mean my Sweet Digs. Before you guys come in make sure to subscribe below. Come on in. I pay $2075 a month in rent. I live in the West Village and this is a studio apartment, and I’m on a fifth
floor walkup. I moved from Los Angeles where I was paying 1250 a month in rent, and I had a studio that was like
3 times the size. So in comparison to that it’s
kinda a lot. But once you’re like
in the New York mindset and you hear what other people are paying it’s actually a pretty good deal. This place is about 300 square feet,
but it’s really one big long rectangle, and because there’s windows
on both sides it actually feels a little bit
bigger than that, and it feels more light and airy. Here is my bedroom area. I put my bed width wise
across my apartment. Mainly because that was
really the only way that it fit. I actually have very slanted floors in my bedroom area, and I actually had to put risers on the bottom of the bed, about
6 inches, to level it out. There’s a little space on the other side of the bed
that I have to roll over my bed in order to get to it. It’s a little bit of a challenge, it’s a little annoying, but it also creates kind of a, a fun, like calm space. I really liked this nightstand
because it’s a clear acrylic. So by having this clear table
and you don’t notice it. We have my bathroom. My shower is interesting because the shower head is actually on the side of the shower. You would normally stand like this
in the shower, I stand like this. Then I have this clear shower curtain just so you can actually
see through the room. It’s all kinda part of living in a tiny
New York apartment. This is my living area. You’ll notice that there’s actually
a little step up. Having that step up really creates
a natural division of the space. I’ve only had like a couple stubbed toes. One thing that helps is I have this really cozy rug right
at the edge of the step itself, and it’s like a visual reminder,
okay I have to step up. The hardest part of decorating, um, in such a small space is really
finding pieces that I really like and are really unique
but don’t take up too much room. One of my apartment splurges was
this coffee table from West Elm. Because I have such a narrow space I was looking for a coffee table
that would actually fit within that, and would be really long,
but pretty narrow. It was like $350 or $375. I don’t have a dining room, I eat here, I do work here, and so
it was worth the investment. One of my most sentimental pieces is
this pillow from Anthropology. It was out of my price range
at the time, but I told myself, “Okay when I graduate college I’m gonna splurge on this pillow for
my first adult non-college apartment. For me it was just symbolic of okay I’m entering this
new phase in my life, post-grad, I’m adulting,
I can afford an $80 pillow. It’s a nice reminder of LA and home, and also just like that first
moment where I like bought this nice thing for
my apartment after college. Coming in from here, um,
is I guess my little office space. On Saturday mornings what I love to do when I have the time
is wake up and actually do some creative work. I get really inspired
sitting in this spot. I work in social advertising, but in my free time and really
my creative passion project is my blog called 5th Floor Walkup. It’s a mix of lifestyle content, um, since moving here you know
I’ve gotten really into home decor, so I try to sprinkle that in. I do photography on the side,
and so I like to share that. And so that’s been a fun
creative project. This is my kitchen area. In my next apartment, I would love to have
more counter space. So right now, I’m pretty much just working on this
tiny little space between my sink and my stove. My desk area actually also doubles as a
counter space when I’m cooking. It gets a little chaotic. I try to always have avocados
in my fridge. Avocados! Coming from California, like, you can get avocados for,
I don’t know, 25 cents each. In New York I think I once saw an
avocado for 5 dollars. It’s my little treat to myself and I try to always keep my
fridge stocked with them. The way I found this apartment was
I saw it on NakedApartments.com. They actually said that the unit
that was listed had been rented, which is pretty typical if you ever look for an
apartment in New York. But we have a unit in the building that is not listed yet, do you want to see it. This was still under construction at the time, it was on the fifth floor. I saw the space and I
immediately loved it, and I’ve been living here
a year and a half now. I had really just been a
SoCal girl my entire life, and I think I was just ready
to experience something knew. When I got a job in New York
it just felt like the right thing to do. There’s so much going on all the time, you’ll hear sirens,
you’ll hear people yelling, there’s just kinda chaos. On one end, you know,
that can be negative because it can be almost
information overload, but in another sense it’s actually
really inspiring. I was feeling like I was
in a little bit of a creative rut when I was in LA
and since moving, I feel like, more creatively inspired, and I really think that the city
has so much to do with that, experiencing it every day but also
the people that you meet really play into that just like overall
creative energy. Thanks so much for
watching my Sweet Digs. If you want to watch more videos,
click here, and don’t forget to subscribe,
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Apr 4, 2018, 3:06 pm Reply

What touches do you add to make your home your own? Let us know in the comments!


May 5, 2018, 3:41 am Reply

She is getting ripped off!! Soooo a true NYC experience.

Natasa K.

Jun 6, 2018, 9:16 am Reply

Such a cute place!the way she utilizes the small space is goals!?Does anyone know if she is of greek heritage ??

Cory F

Jun 6, 2018, 5:59 pm Reply

Adulting is not an $80 pillow in a slanted $2000 studio

Modern Soul Sista

Jun 6, 2018, 1:13 am Reply

I just love this series so much. I’m moving into my first apartment alone (have had roommates & live in boyfriend before) so I’m super excited and love seeing the decor of these small places. The New York prices are crazy. I thought my area was bad ?


Jun 6, 2018, 5:30 am Reply

Melina has a great eye. Love the photos…and I may have to make a pillow like that!

Nanyelis Paulino

Jun 6, 2018, 6:15 pm Reply

Wow $2075 I live in NYC uptown and I pay wayy less for a 2 bedroom, cute styling though.

right spyder

Jun 6, 2018, 5:57 pm Reply

she reminds me of Ellen page

Paula Martin

Jun 6, 2018, 9:25 pm Reply

The bedroom situation is adorable. Love the clear end table…please tell me there’s some thing under it. ♥️


Jul 7, 2018, 5:36 pm Reply

Really great street photography!!


Jul 7, 2018, 5:00 pm Reply

Anyone know where that desk is from? I want it

Hallo IkBenWill

Jul 7, 2018, 2:53 pm Reply

Is love to know what people to do afford these apartments. Everyone in the series seems so young but can afford $3000 for rent!


Jul 7, 2018, 12:51 pm Reply

I LOVE this space

Isabel Towers

Jul 7, 2018, 3:14 pm Reply

So welcoming at the beginning. She made me smile and I don't even know her. I'm a little creeped out by the slanted floor. I do think she did a great job making the most of 300 square feet. Ikea items are perfect for her place. For her to leave her larger place in LA means she really wanted to try and experience what NY has to offer or she got a really good job offer. She seems happy and content. I wish her the best.

Javi Vasq.

Jul 7, 2018, 3:54 am Reply

bisssssh, where in the helll do you find avocados in California for 25 cents? CAUSE Im a bit tired of paying nearly 3 dollars for one.

Karoline Häggquist

Aug 8, 2018, 5:09 pm Reply

Love the pillow!


Aug 8, 2018, 3:47 am Reply

Yess your house looks amazing


Aug 8, 2018, 3:50 am Reply

her photography is so cute.


Aug 8, 2018, 9:52 pm Reply

All appartments featured in this series are expensive, but for that tiny one room, man is that expensive! I know the neibourhood is expensive but damn that's over 24 000$ in rent… its basically all I get after taxes in a year. She must have a really good job.

Elieanay Thompson

Aug 8, 2018, 1:31 am Reply

Adulting is knowing a pillow made out of cotton fabric is not worth $80. I sew and only go to anthropology for inspiration. Just like I'm here watching for inspiration.

ysa herrera

Sep 9, 2018, 10:49 pm Reply

Very nice, love ur place !


Sep 9, 2018, 5:25 am Reply

Was it me or was that shower head in the normal place? Did she say $80 pillow!!! Gurll… I need to you to take a sewing class. Scraps of old clothes, some cheap muslin and a pillow form from Walmart and you could have about 15 of those pillows. Sell them to your fabulous friends and you've paid for your coffee table. She lost me at the $5 advocado. Clearly an entitled millennial.

Darya Beigi

Sep 9, 2018, 4:46 pm Reply

25cents for an avocado in Cali? Is she insane? I live here and thats never been true


Sep 9, 2018, 12:38 am Reply

You poor girl. You pay so much rent for a space that looks unworkable not because its small but because it looks 'cobbled' together. I hope that the location makes it worthwhile.


Oct 10, 2018, 7:12 pm Reply

NYC – most overrated place in the world. Maddening loud, dirty and overpriced and today it offers nothing that you wouldn't find anywhere else.

Cristiana Mazilu

Oct 10, 2018, 9:34 am Reply

honey no. move back


Oct 10, 2018, 4:04 pm Reply

You all should do a video in Jackson, MS where apartments start at around 700 and none of them are this small. It would be a stark contrast!

Sylvia S

Oct 10, 2018, 9:52 am Reply

I had to stop watching this for one reason.
Ending every sentence like a question grates on my nerves. I mean really? It does?

Christopher Christopher

Oct 10, 2018, 6:19 pm Reply

Sis I live in LA and avocados are $2 each not 50cents lol


Oct 10, 2018, 2:00 am Reply

A bitter dig

Scary Hours

Oct 10, 2018, 12:51 am Reply

MORTAL KOMBAT!!!! Melina Wins.

Helena Almendarez

Oct 10, 2018, 11:33 pm Reply

Pillows are adulting? Lol


Nov 11, 2018, 8:11 pm Reply

Can you all make videos like this for other cities in the country? Like Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, New Orleans?


Nov 11, 2018, 1:54 pm Reply

being a dr, I definitely winced when she said her name is Melina….


Nov 11, 2018, 8:23 am Reply

Compared to the others this one seems very expensive for what she gets…

nick gurr

Nov 11, 2018, 9:10 am Reply

bro in new zealand an avocado mainly costs around $5 lmfaooo….

Vanessa Zurita

Dec 12, 2018, 6:26 am Reply

Never have I ever seen avocados for 25 cents in California!! LOL


Dec 12, 2018, 2:20 pm Reply

I think people need to understand that it’s all about location in NYC. That money will probably get you a 2/3 bedroom apartment somewhere else where you can be in Manhattan in less than 30 minutes. Also these people say is expensive but they can clearly afford it, they’re not spending their entire checks in this and if they move somewhere like Texas they might not make as much money.

Debbie Potter

Dec 12, 2018, 2:54 pm Reply

Man the l.a. voice makes me cringe lol. So funny how they strive to be unique and are not lol


Dec 12, 2018, 10:31 am Reply

Love your photography. You have done a lot with this small space. A bit pricey though for what you have –even by NYC standards.

Emma Emerson

Dec 12, 2018, 12:42 am Reply

Very cute place.

Navyforeveryoung Jean-Philippe

Dec 12, 2018, 3:29 am Reply

Wow. Lol you’re being robbed. Lol

Navyforeveryoung Jean-Philippe

Dec 12, 2018, 3:30 am Reply

What an idiot. You’re paying WAYY TOO MUCH . Your place is garbage. But I knew it would be when I saw that scarf around your neck ????????????

An Afternoon With April

Jan 1, 2019, 3:36 am Reply

That is not cheap this is actually the first time I think the person I severely over paying … I live in the Bronx on Intervale not a bad area 2,300 for a three bedroom and before this a VERY LARGE I bedroom in the Bronx for 1,100 & no people weren’t dying every day (so don’t say oh it’s Cusz of the Bronx) and yes there are cheaper nyc studios


Jan 1, 2019, 10:28 pm Reply

Lovely young woman. Best of luck to you.

IHateMy Username

Jan 1, 2019, 12:26 pm Reply

Nah, fam. Nah! 2000 a month for a studio where you gotta do kiddie gymnastics just to get across your bed to the other side of the room? Nah, fam! I currently live in NY and I cant wait to get a good bit of money and get out of here. I love NY but they straight TRIPPING on these rents! Is it really worth 2000 a month to live in a box, no washers, dishwashers, no nothing just to be close to resturants and clubs to waste more money? The floor isnt even level!! You need God in your life, maybe he could help you find better use for your money. Now that were in a government shutdown thats the longest in history what are you people gonna do if something major happens? What if the proce of food goes way up? Or we have another recession? So many things going on, too much to be wasting money like this.

Gomolemo Mogwera

Jan 1, 2019, 4:08 pm Reply

She looks snatched

Peter Federico

Jan 1, 2019, 12:55 am Reply

can u do vids of men's apartments?


Jan 1, 2019, 3:45 pm Reply

By the way…
If any NYCer wants to feel like their housing is cheap…check out the Honolulu market. Hawaii is gorgeous…but lawdy! Crazy!


Jan 1, 2019, 7:15 pm Reply

The late great Jerry Orbach, as Det. Lenny Briscoe, actually said this on Law & Order…
"My ex-wife always wanted a walk in closet. Now I live in one…"
He loved NYC and lived in Hell's Kitchen. Walked to the set!
Can anyone claim to have had it better? ??☺️

Nicole Rodriguez

Jan 1, 2019, 9:33 pm Reply

Is no one else confused about her outfit or the fact that her bed is in such a weird spot?! Sorry sis but no

Tracy Edmonson

Jan 1, 2019, 9:52 am Reply

Have your CA family send you avocados

Alley Peplinski

Jan 1, 2019, 1:00 pm Reply

The slanted floors reminded me of Marshall and Lily's apartment in HIMYM

Mayra Macias

Jan 1, 2019, 6:09 pm Reply

I love that she thinks we can get avocados for 25 cents a piece in California. Girl what world do you live in hahah.

Mona F D

Feb 2, 2019, 7:39 pm Reply

woooow love what she did for this challenging space! she has good taste !


Feb 2, 2019, 7:45 pm Reply

Lol girllllll u r bugginggggggggg that’s not a good deal!!!

Gail Hawkins

Feb 2, 2019, 9:42 pm Reply

24K a year in rent???  Crazy!!!!

cate noodles

Feb 2, 2019, 10:38 pm Reply

things I've picked up from the sweet digs videos so far:
-everyone's rent is ridiculous, but not as bad as the next person's
-everyone splurged on a cool table or rug, but it was totally worth it
-everyone has that one unique pillow with some sort of backstory


Feb 2, 2019, 12:39 am Reply

I hope she drops that damn California uptalk and starts talking like a New Yorker (?)


Feb 2, 2019, 8:11 am Reply

The floor slant would have me worried, six inches is significant. And….. Isn't that a normal shower? Huh?

Tamara D

Mar 3, 2019, 6:16 pm Reply

Not paying $2000 to roll over my bed

Liza Roberts

Mar 3, 2019, 8:13 pm Reply

You've decorated your place so nicely!!

J Flow

Mar 3, 2019, 4:45 pm Reply

How much does your annual salary have to be to be to comfortably afford a $2000+ apartment? Is everyone on this series making 6 figures? Wouldn't be surprising for the 30+ people featured, but are the 20 somethings at that salary range yet? Wondering if salaries actually went up for your typical corporate jobs (i.e. finance, IT, etc).


Mar 3, 2019, 8:14 pm Reply

A murphy bed would be perfect for that space. 🙂

Danna Dennis

Mar 3, 2019, 6:01 pm Reply

I really liked her energy…. but that 5 floors and rolling on the bed is too much for me. I moved had a 4 floor walk up on Brooklyn and hated doing laundry, grocery shopping and walking my dog ? 2x a day ?

Katherine Caspersz

Mar 3, 2019, 4:55 am Reply

This apartment seems kind of sad. So tiny and you have to roll across your bed to get to the rest of your room? Nah. Not worth it.


Mar 3, 2019, 7:43 am Reply

NYC = misery hahaha


Apr 4, 2019, 8:10 am Reply

Manhattan rent is a fucking scam.


Apr 4, 2019, 4:29 am Reply

shes so cute


Apr 4, 2019, 10:45 am Reply

I swear to good, one more "it's actually a pretty good deal" and I'm gonna scream ???

B Lor

Apr 4, 2019, 8:51 pm Reply

What kind of job does she have? Have I been adulting wrong? Buying an 80 dollar pillow.


Apr 4, 2019, 3:53 pm Reply

She's so cute!

nunga cynderilla

Apr 4, 2019, 11:16 am Reply

$2075 for a studio!! Goshhhh !! That is so gad’damn expensive, am never moving out of Texas am sorry???

Daria Wells

Apr 4, 2019, 8:51 pm Reply

$1250 in Los Angeles? Where were you living, Koreatown?


Apr 4, 2019, 1:28 am Reply

I pay way less for 713sq ft. Although I don't live in NYC , I would never live there, it's insane to pay that much. You're paying for the experience…which is mind blowing

Laura Varón

Apr 4, 2019, 3:35 pm Reply

I don't understand why the floors are slanted if this is supposed to be a ~new apartment. I would be terrified to live in a place with such serious structural problems, I'd be waiting for the building to collapse at any second.

Jude Dimatteo

May 5, 2019, 5:06 pm Reply

I thought she said dicks

Robert A. Lofgren Jr.

May 5, 2019, 11:18 am Reply

Imagine $2075 for that small place and she has to walk up five flights of stairs to say she lives in NYC. You can keep NYC and all the crime and air pollution to go with it. Not to mention the city looks like the tenement slums unless you live somewhere in the upper east side. Check out country living? You might be surprised.

Robert A. Lofgren Jr.

May 5, 2019, 11:25 am Reply

You people kill me, the rent is high, but not as high as some people are paying. Go live somewhere else. You will get more for your money then to say you live in NYC.

Lila Willow

May 5, 2019, 5:15 am Reply

i never understand why they dont put curtains in between their bedroom/living area.

Angels Dynasty

May 5, 2019, 8:15 pm Reply

The wide of the room is equal with the length of the bed ? it may be NY, but I believe that WE underestimate ourselves… BTW, she has very nice taste and tried to make it look hommy.


Jun 6, 2019, 12:35 am Reply

ny mind set? gentrifier mindset is more like it. this is incredibly expensive for a studio. ive lived in NY my entire life.

Hollie Forrest

Jun 6, 2019, 8:04 pm Reply

Cute place, hold on did you say 25 cent avocados in CA? Girl…. where? Lol

Audrey Butts

Jun 6, 2019, 12:04 am Reply

Simply Beautiful. Work it, young lady.

Cecilie M

Jun 6, 2019, 9:05 pm Reply

She needs a Loft bunk bed, with a living space, below it! That will give her more room to breathe! She needs to save her money or get MARRIED and then she will have more room! Her space is cozy and warm! ?

Snore Berry

Jun 6, 2019, 8:19 pm Reply


Starr 64

Jul 7, 2019, 5:36 pm Reply

The Landlords are Crooks.


Jul 7, 2019, 6:57 pm Reply

80 dollar pillow heeeeell no

Dmitriy Lyubarskiy

Jul 7, 2019, 3:01 am Reply

Graham Stephan is going to have a field day with this one. $80 pillow because I am adulting?!! You can’t be serious.


Jul 7, 2019, 11:57 pm Reply

Every New Yorker ever: I know I’m wasting an obscene amount of money on rent, BUT FOR NEW YORK IT’S A GREAT DEAL!

What I want to know is how much these people are making and how much they’re saving? Like what’s the benefit here? Big city lifestyle?

jen s

Jul 7, 2019, 4:44 am Reply

Thats ao ridiculous its way too small. I would rather take the train 25 or 30 mins into the city and live in big 2 bedroom with an office space

Kon’nichiwa LA

Jul 7, 2019, 11:40 pm Reply

Where did she move to New York from?

Mrs Love Jones

Jul 7, 2019, 2:58 pm Reply

Avocados are NOT 25 Cent in California !

I'm in California & I have NEVER SEEN OR BOUGHT A Avocado for 25 cent.

Tierny Shantasia

Jul 7, 2019, 12:48 am Reply

Under construction??? Wait so the slanted floors weren't a mistake?!???

Peace Brooks

Jul 7, 2019, 9:49 pm Reply

Southern California is very close behind NYC in rent it's ridiculous.


Jul 7, 2019, 4:53 pm Reply

Lovely! I’m a Brit, but if I had to move somewhere else, it would be NY.

9 8

Aug 8, 2019, 12:50 pm Reply

I do not miss living in new york.

Cristen’s Creations

Aug 8, 2019, 4:37 pm Reply

Yeah I have live in NYC 8 years and have had many different apartments in many different areas of the city. She is paying too much for this space. She has it decorated beautifully though. I’d say 1850-1900 would be more fair pricing for this studio.


Aug 8, 2019, 2:28 am Reply

Professional tip, please stop the up speak. It’s very distracting and sounds very immature. You’re a lovely young woman, thanks


Aug 8, 2019, 1:45 pm Reply

Wait! You put avocados in the fridge???

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