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Tiny apartment [+ETSY shop] with big design – Tiny, Eclectic, Amazing Spaces video


MICHELLE KONAR: I went to school
for graphic design and I found myself in advertising. I love doing interior
design, and it’s a great passion of mine. My name is Michelle Konar, and
this is my 330-square-foot apartment on the Upper West
Side of Manhattan. When I moved in to this
apartment, of course, there was the basic white walls
that you get in every New York rental. I knew that I wanted
to paint the space. That was one of my
requirements. And I knew I wanted
an accent wall. I didn’t know exactly
what color. I actually made the paintings
on the wall. It was a pattern that I designed
while in college, and I really loved the shape. So I ended up grabbing
some canvases and painting the fabric. It was quite the process,
but I’m really happy with the result. I do a lot of different
things in this space. Well, I run an ETSY shop
out of this space. So I’ve got a letter press, and
I’ve got a lot of things tucked away in the closets such
as an guillotine cutter and paper for book binding. There’s stuff, literally,
stuffed everywhere. But you can’t see it, so– One of my favorite pieces of
furniture that I found is definitely my buffet that
I have in my kitchen. I love inviting people
over for cocktails or having dinner parties. It’s given me extra
kitchen space. It’s the perfect counter height,
and I leave this cutting board up here because
that’s generally where I end up doing all my prep
whenever I cook. I played around with creating
some tiles. They are actually made out of
cork that I painted teal to kind of make a faux
backsplash. In a small space, you have to
think about every little nook and cranny and come up with
a creative solution. By turning my bookcase actually
this way, I’ve kind of created my own little like
dressing area and entry way that’s a great little space for
me to show off my jewelry and my purses. I love just being able to walk
over here and seeing every piece of jewelry that I have. It’s easy just to grab
something and go. I’ve always wanted
a hospital bed. So I was really excited when I
found one in a flea market in North Carolina. I spent my Christmas break
refinishing it with my dad. I love patterns and textures. And that’s one of those things
I will not skimp on. I love throw pillows. And I love taking a very big
bold graphic pattern and putting a small little
pattern next to it. I absolutely love my bed. It’s one of those pieces that
I hope to keep forever. It’s totally rare to find an
apartment, especially a studio in New York, that has
outdoor space. So I was really lucky
when I found this. I love spending my evenings
out here. We just sit out here,
and it’s a great addition to my small space. It makes everything feel a lot
bigger than my apartment actually is. Because of the small space,
I’ve had to adapt and try different solutions. I definitely feel like my
apartment has become my home. I have a ton of friends who walk
in and ask me when I’m moving out because they
want the apartment. It’s definitely a space
that I know I can grow into even more. I’ve been here for two and a
half years, and I don’t see myself leaving anytime soon. FEMALE SPEAKER: Are you a
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100 Comments

joan joy altura

Nov 11, 2012, 3:07 pm Reply

'love the way you made it look so spacious especially the design of that little kitchen, creatively organized.

Edith Spencer

Nov 11, 2012, 12:04 am Reply

This is wonderful- elegant and very calming. I am reorganizing my life here in Portland Oregon, and this winter, will be moving into a 400 sq ft apartment and startingg my own business as well, so this definitely gives me great ideas!

Kathrynne Belaska

Nov 11, 2012, 11:16 pm Reply

I own a 600 sq. ft., 2 bedroom condo on the ocean in Salem, MA. To my suburban/rural friends, I live in a "Dollhouse". To my city/urban friends, I live in a "Penthouse".
thanks, Michelle! i'm very creative & resourceful & have done some wonderful things with my space, but watching this video has given me even more inspiration. Love the faux cork tiles!

SPACEStv

Nov 11, 2012, 2:11 pm Reply

wow very cool – and so funny re: your suburban friends vs. your city ones. would love to see how you've designed your space – tweet us pics @spacestv

RockinGlamour

Nov 11, 2012, 4:21 am Reply

gorgeous!

Ashley VanKoughnett

Nov 11, 2012, 7:50 pm Reply

I LOVE the idea of the faux backsplash!

Ti Co

Nov 11, 2012, 12:20 pm Reply

 your paintings on the wall

Ti Co

Nov 11, 2012, 12:21 pm Reply

I gotta admit

Ti Co

Nov 11, 2012, 12:22 pm Reply

Its not my thing but i am a am a convert on your hospital bed

bellajacklil

Jan 1, 2013, 11:41 am Reply

Good For you!!! This year I will be changing my lifestyle and moving into a really small space as well. Good luck!

Erick Mercadante

Jan 1, 2013, 5:19 pm Reply

Im thinking of moving there is it nice living in salem?

Kathrynne Belaska

Jan 1, 2013, 5:36 pm Reply

living on the Northshore of Boston is awesome, Erick!
i've owned my condo in Salem for 15 years.
Rent first. Check it out. Feel the great vibe. Prices on condos are still low enough to be affordable.

Evelyn Mayen

Jan 1, 2013, 3:12 am Reply

Love it!! She's so creative! Everything just falls into place!!

Jody Mead

Jan 1, 2013, 1:46 am Reply

I love everything about your space! Good job… I'd like to get my place organized and decorated like this too. I live in about a 299 sq ft. studio and like the minimul look and lifestyle. Thanks for sharing this 🙂

Taylor J

Feb 2, 2013, 6:46 am Reply

The sad thing is that she still probably pays $1300+ a month for that little space

Kate Heptonstall

Feb 2, 2013, 7:11 am Reply

Love, love, love the painted cork tiles! I'm gonna do this in my small rental.

joyceyy

Mar 3, 2013, 6:12 am Reply

cork tiles omg genius!!!

sacramentoapartments

Mar 3, 2013, 4:18 pm Reply

Interesting.

Атанас Димитров

Mar 3, 2013, 11:06 am Reply

why am I seeing this Chanel so late

kazoosc

Mar 3, 2013, 6:15 pm Reply

is that a type case for her jewelry?
I like that striped chair under the paintings.
I would love to see where she hides her press, and how she transforms the place to make books

Pandora’s Box And Gallery

Mar 3, 2013, 11:39 pm Reply

What a lovely space, simply beautiful. The outdoor space is the icing on the cake.

hutergirl1ify

Apr 4, 2013, 1:40 pm Reply

Cool space… Great job!

Balcon Frances

May 5, 2013, 3:58 pm Reply

Beautiful and creative. Congratulations.

Supernova Constelation

May 5, 2013, 12:01 pm Reply

really not my thing
small spaces are ok but this one is ugly and cold

Neha Menon

May 5, 2013, 4:04 pm Reply

Wowwwwww

Omaira Erazo

Jun 6, 2013, 8:59 am Reply

Very nice

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jennifer garcia

Jun 6, 2013, 8:44 pm Reply

I hate when I see all those ugly comments. If you don't have anything nice to say, then go to another show!, jeez. This apt is beautiful and you have put yourself into this space. I can see that it's your home! Beautiful

cravingsweets

Jun 6, 2013, 5:34 am Reply

Love. It seems very cozy

Bene Felipe

Jul 7, 2013, 5:31 pm Reply

Fantastic. I loved the apartment, it's so charming. Congratulations.

Juanita Berguson

Jul 7, 2013, 3:01 pm Reply

Hi! Love your wall color!!! The blue… what color is it?

Lulu Belle

Jul 7, 2013, 8:46 pm Reply

how did you put the cork tiles up? I love that idea! 🙂

Alia Michelle

Jul 7, 2013, 2:11 am Reply

I absolutely love this! And also can you tell me what the instrumental is toward the end of this video? Thank you 🙂

Jeanny Daniel

Aug 8, 2013, 2:26 am Reply

I love videos like this because it makes me not move from this very small room im renting.

MamoruYoshimitsu

Aug 8, 2013, 3:31 am Reply

I would love a hospital it!

MamoruYoshimitsu

Aug 8, 2013, 3:32 am Reply

*bed not it

Supernova Constelation

Aug 8, 2013, 9:49 pm Reply

I was looking for this video for so long because I live in a 322 sq ft / 30 m2 apartment.
I love my place. I never feel like it is too small. It is not the size that matters, but what you do with it and how you feel.

Felesha Williams-Mansaray

Aug 8, 2013, 9:40 pm Reply

I wish someone would help me with my space. Designer dummy 🙁

Aythami Rodríguez

Sep 9, 2013, 4:57 pm Reply

Like many others I LOVED the cork faux tiles and would like to do it, but I am useless at DYIs. I saw somebody asked how she put them up and I haven´t seen any answer. Could anybody pls give some advice on that as well on what kind of paint to use to give that shiny look? Thanks in advance!

Luigi Benelli

Sep 9, 2013, 5:00 am Reply

…a hospital bed???

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Oct 10, 2013, 5:51 am Reply

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Thank you for your time.

HeyDale !

Oct 10, 2013, 5:08 pm Reply

everything is great except for the hospital bed it makes you wanting the sick to come.

ANESH DANGOL

Oct 10, 2013, 4:07 am Reply

what??a hospital bed?

Priscilla Coral

Nov 11, 2013, 7:20 pm Reply

I reallt like hwr ideas

Ryan Clark

Nov 11, 2013, 3:37 pm Reply

This is an amazing series. This woman's design sense is on point! I found myself pausing and rewinding a lot to see how she solved her design problems within her space. Her use of the blue on the walls is nice with all of the natural light that comes into her space; makes me feel like she tastefully brought the sky into her home. Virtually all of the shapes that are in her space are pleasing, expressive, and for me the best part, minimal. Well done lady!

Maria Duarte

Jan 1, 2014, 2:45 am Reply

esta muito bem com gosto e tudo organizado …

kazora1001

Feb 2, 2014, 10:43 am Reply

I would never invest that much into a rental apartment

ScarlettRose76

Apr 4, 2014, 12:51 pm Reply

I have a studio and would love some input on furniture placement!I love that space.

Eye Toldyoosso

Apr 4, 2014, 8:30 pm Reply

a lot of these people never show the bathroom,,what are the hiding ?

Zip Polla

Apr 4, 2014, 12:51 pm Reply

I'm guessing the rent is $1,800-2,000 per month for this tiny space. Manhattan and Brooklyn have become a place where only wealthy types can live. It's become a city of elitists. Sad.

Tjwbrooks

May 5, 2014, 2:29 am Reply

Does anyone know the song at 2:43? 

Scriptease123

Jun 6, 2014, 1:48 am Reply

Those cork tiles on the wall in the kitchen are going to be a bitch to clean.

nsziszo

Jun 6, 2014, 10:18 am Reply

OMG, this apartment is a pool of interesting new ideas. Love it. So creative.

MsAshG

Jun 6, 2014, 6:31 pm Reply

Great apartment! Love the colors

poppyshow1996

Aug 8, 2014, 2:07 am Reply

I <3 this apt!  It's so homey, and bright, and fresh.  I always come back to this vid for inspiration.  Now I just need the finances to bring my ideas to life.

Balcon Frances

Aug 8, 2014, 4:56 pm Reply

This  Space Tv series is very good, it is a pitty we can not see  more of them regularly. But please the blonde saying darling, OMG

Flexmeister

Aug 8, 2014, 5:55 pm Reply

awesome. ever think how many ppl died in that hospital bed? sorry I think of things like that.

Lynn_Flexin

Sep 9, 2014, 3:38 am Reply

The backsplash idea very cool

missysmithy25

Sep 9, 2014, 2:20 pm Reply

Does anyone know the song that's playing in the beginning?

SuperTruthful

Oct 10, 2014, 2:25 am Reply

I love this place.

Shree Hayes

Oct 10, 2014, 4:56 pm Reply

Of love every piece of it!!! Awesome place!!!

Maxine F

Oct 10, 2014, 8:52 pm Reply

Very nice apartment! 

I, Adaora

Oct 10, 2014, 1:14 pm Reply

Stunning! 

Desmond Briggs

Dec 12, 2014, 9:11 pm Reply

I absolutely love this apartment! Great mix of textures and patterns. 

Klimt Kahlo

Jan 1, 2015, 1:50 am Reply

Gorgeous… You could come decorate my apartment… I would totally pay you!! IF I could afford you! YOU HAVE TALENT!!!

Marielle C

Jan 1, 2015, 8:01 am Reply

THAT. CORK. BACKSPLASH.

2legit64

Jan 1, 2015, 6:42 pm Reply

Wow!  She has an incredible eye for design. I'm really considering a tiny house in my retirement and I'm having a ball checking out what people have done to make their small spaces cozy and functional.

Poquitoapoquito

Feb 2, 2015, 12:49 am Reply

I wish that I could "like" this a thousand times! My husband and I live in a studio apartment meant for a single college student and I am always looking for ways to spruce up our rental. I love your idea of the fake back splash, I think that will be my next weekend project!

Shae Johnson

Feb 2, 2015, 3:01 am Reply

What is that music at the end? I love it.

lillybit882

Feb 2, 2015, 10:35 pm Reply

Her voice is like fingernails on a blackboard….

Castielle

Apr 4, 2015, 12:52 am Reply

is that a full size bed?

jessie justus

Aug 8, 2015, 10:39 pm Reply

I was so excited to find this video. I went from a 2,500sqft home (for 2 and a dog) to our new home of 700sqft. you have great ideas that I feel as if I can apply to our new remodel. thank you

Ally235G

Nov 11, 2015, 12:54 am Reply

Dinner parties?! Who the fuck is going to fit in that apartment?!

mpenny226

Nov 11, 2015, 6:00 pm Reply

one of my fav small spaces

Ms. Lee

Dec 12, 2015, 9:25 pm Reply

Love your backsplash!!!!!

yoo toob

Dec 12, 2015, 9:16 pm Reply

BRAVO!
So many people who live in small spaces are frightened of color (it's just paint!) and patterns (why?), and end up living in white paces that don't represent them.
This apartment says volumes about her. Friends wanting to live in her apartment is another way of expressing appreciation for her.

Mauro

Dec 12, 2015, 8:14 pm Reply

That bedroom is pretty big actually.

Jesslee435

Jan 1, 2016, 5:15 am Reply

I am in love with her home. Her designs and ideas are amazing!

A. Aviles

Jan 1, 2016, 12:24 am Reply

Love what you did with the apt. But I wanted to ask. What did you use to stick the cork to the wall? I live in a rented apt. So I can't do anything that may cause damage to the wall.

Donna Galvan

Feb 2, 2016, 10:26 pm Reply

Does your land lord let you paint walls, and put cork up for a back splash.. That is awesome, lots of landlords don't let renters do that..

kimberly route

Feb 2, 2016, 3:54 am Reply

Nice space simple but lovely

Elizabeth Jack

May 5, 2016, 6:06 am Reply

Wow beautiful sweetie my apartment are so small I need help if someone can helping fixed my small apartment sqft 1040 thank you and God bless

J.T.Farrier.

Jul 7, 2016, 3:17 pm Reply

What's her etsy shop called? can't believe you didn't put it up!

BeeBee Tee

Aug 8, 2016, 5:49 pm Reply

Nice place.

Trinity Kay

Aug 8, 2016, 6:29 pm Reply

Love the view from the balcony nice neighborhood!

Donna the Doodler

Aug 8, 2016, 12:51 am Reply

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Donna the Doodler

Aug 8, 2016, 12:54 am Reply

loved your apartment

Agnes Lawrence

Jan 1, 2017, 7:35 am Reply

Hey there I love your apartment Everything is beautifully decorated …v aesthetically appealing

Byron Price

Apr 4, 2017, 5:34 pm Reply

Great space, love the balcony

stereoheart31

Jun 6, 2017, 6:15 pm Reply

Hospital bed

missthunderstormable

Jun 6, 2017, 10:11 pm Reply

i had an idea of putting a curtain on an ugly doors which i dont even need, it s just a storage room, so was thinking of a curtain as a way of hiding the doors, and i see you have something like that in your flat, so i think it is a good idea. 🙂

RubyOpheliaQuinn

Oct 10, 2017, 5:08 am Reply

I would need to put some kind of fencing around that balcony so I could sit out there without people staring at me.

Keithko007

Dec 12, 2017, 4:11 am Reply

I've always loved this page! Are you no longer active in making these fantastic videos of amazing small spaces.?

ardas

Feb 2, 2018, 7:06 am Reply

Imma steal cork tiles idea 🙂

Robin Greenstein

Apr 4, 2018, 4:30 pm Reply

Very sweet. Nice use of color. Although where did you hide your kitchen "stuff", i.e. spices, pots # pans, drying rack, etc.

Erlinda Mendez

Jun 6, 2018, 9:51 am Reply

Stunning & Beautiful apartment ❤️?

Fanty Morfa

Feb 2, 2019, 5:01 pm Reply

Beautiful!??

nycdweller

Mar 3, 2019, 9:58 pm Reply

4th floor walk up — UGH!

Julia Dixon

May 5, 2019, 1:42 pm Reply

Nice

Marcelle Craig

May 5, 2019, 8:46 pm Reply

Love the giraffe heads! Cool apartment.

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