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Tiny NYC Studio Apartment Tour With Vintage Decor | Sweet Digs Home Tour | Refinery29

Hey guys! I’m Maria. Welcome to my sweet digs. If this is your first time watching, make sure you click below to subscribe. I live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and I pay $1,800 a month for my itty-bitty studio up here, which by normal human person standards is an obscene amount of money. But by Manhattan real estate standards is actually a steal. Come on in. The first door that you get into is my bathroom. As a former Beauty Editor, my bathroom is very important to me. I’ve got these great shelves that I got at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Total storage. Beauty here. I have all my beauty products lined up in the way that I use them. All my serums. All that type of thing. My favorite part is this little sign that says: You are better than unicorns and sparkles combined. I love it. Always try to remember that. This is my closet, but it’s not very pretty in there at the moment. It’s actually the only closet in the entire apartment. So in here is my cleaning supplies, my clothing. I have all of my suitcases and stuff up here. It’s kind of filled to the brim. So I don’t have a pretty closet like a lot of other people. But it does the job well. Whenever I tell people how much I spend on my studio, they are shocked that I pay as little as I do especially considering the outdoor space, the fact that I have laundry in the building, and a separate kitchen really makes it worth my while. Now if you follow me this way into the kitchen. Again, itty-bitty space. I only have these cabinets. One little drawer in here. So again, the name of the game is find storage elsewhere. So I hung up this amazing Ikea rack with all of my pots on it. I have my serving bowl, my mixing bowls, my tea kettle, my soup… My knives are on the wall. I’m someone who actually really enjoys cooking. I’m one of the rare New Yorkers who uses her kitchen. I don’t keep sweaters in my stove like some famous New Yorkers have said they do. Now onto the living area of my apartment. This is basically it. I really wanted this space to feel as open and as calm as possible especially because it is such a small space. I wanted to kind of make it feel as open and flow as naturally as possible which is why you’ll see that I have pieces that kind of link together and make the space move in a really fluid kind of way. Instead of having a side table for my couch and a side table for my bed, I wanted something that kind of holds both parts of the room together. And this also doubles as amazing storage. I use this as my end table. I keep my extra linens in there. Candles. And the great thing is when I do have people over to entertain, I can use this as a buffet. And everything on top of it, goes into the bathtub. That’s my little secret of how I keep things organized here. This apartment, believe it or not, actually took a ton of planning. I signed the lease on this apartment a month before I was able to move in. And I was living at my parents’ house at the time. So this whole wall was planned out in my mother’s basement. We were laying pictures down on the floor, measuring between them. And then as soon as we got in here, she hung this whole thing with command hooks. It’s like the easiest thing in the entire world. It’s great and it looks beautiful. But the only con is now I can’t move around my furniture ever because I have a focal point. My favorite part about my apartment is definitely the blue chest of drawers that I have. My mother found it on the side of the road when I was a junior in high school. And it was wood. The wood was gross. It was stained. And she really polished it up. She painted it and turned it into this gorgeous piece of furniture that’s actually followed me around to two or three apartments. My mom made it for me pretty much which makes it super special. It’s irreplaceable. I love it here. I don’t plan on leaving anytime soon. I’m a big fan of blankets, textiles, and like layering of blankets and textiles. So I actually have this little throw. I have a quilt. And then I have two blankets underneath. I love a cozy bed. And then on my window sill is my little altar that I have with my sage. I like to sage my apartment every equinox just to kind of keep the energy flow in here really nice. And then my plants to keep the air nice and fresh. Let’s go outside! So people ask me all the time how I actually found this place. And it’s a great story. I’ve been looking for three months. I was living at home in New Jersey just to kind of give myself a little bit of breathing room because apartment-hunting in Manhattan is insane. And I had an offer in at another apartment but I saw this one on Craigslist. And I saw the balcony. And I saw that it was in my exact perfect neighborhood and in my price range. And I jumped at it. I actually was the first person to see this apartment. I came with all of my paperwork and I signed on the spot because I just absolutely fell in love with it. That’s it. Thank you guys so much for coming by and checking out my sweet digs. Now get the hell outta here! Thanks for watching! To see more videos, click here. And to subscribe, click here.


Michelle Macco

Jun 6, 2019, 4:03 am Reply

What a waste of 1800 ??‍♀️

Just cats

Jun 6, 2019, 4:35 am Reply

That pineapple pillow on the thumbnail is from Walmart. Just saying, I have the same one.

Chanel Vibes

Jun 6, 2019, 7:02 pm Reply

I would love to live in new York


Jun 6, 2019, 6:39 am Reply

I loooove her hair, super cute

Johnena Clow

Jun 6, 2019, 11:57 am Reply

My fave personality so far


Jun 6, 2019, 3:31 pm Reply

nice apartment


Jun 6, 2019, 3:55 pm Reply

It feels cluttered 🙁

Jana Shabes

Jun 6, 2019, 11:25 am Reply

Once I lived in a rethinked communal bathroom apartment, and it was only 14 square foot. Me and my husband loves it soo much. It was so compact.?

Pierre O. Park

Jun 6, 2019, 10:10 am Reply

So, to get a nice & affordable place in NYC/ Manhattan, you need to check the crime section/ obituaries and Craigslist?! OK! ??

Ghazal Yaqoub

Jun 6, 2019, 5:29 pm Reply

I really love you apartment it’s very spacious and clean

Mommy Garcia

Jun 6, 2019, 7:42 pm Reply

Its pronounced drawers not draws !

Anna Katrina

Jun 6, 2019, 11:35 pm Reply

"I like to sage my apartment every equinox"

Anna Katrina

Jun 6, 2019, 11:35 pm Reply

"I like to sage my apartment every equinox"

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Jun 6, 2019, 11:55 pm Reply



Jun 6, 2019, 5:09 pm Reply

It’s amazing ♥️?

Aurelia Brown

Jun 6, 2019, 7:34 pm Reply

I love her apartment

Reva Nelson

Jun 6, 2019, 10:43 pm Reply

She reminds me of the late Brittany Murphy (Clueless). Great apartment tour.

Alberta Middleton

Jun 6, 2019, 4:55 am Reply

Just now seeing this and the comments are hella funny. But, cute space. It's all about your comfort. ❤❤❤❤


Jun 6, 2019, 1:29 pm Reply

i'm so glad that my 1180sf condo comes with tiny tinie kitchen and bathroom! Smaller wall to clean and scrub! ??

Ky Fu

Jul 7, 2019, 1:30 am Reply

I pay 360 for my studio.

nicole smith

Jul 7, 2019, 10:26 am Reply

Nice place!


Jul 7, 2019, 8:56 am Reply

Oh my god I hate the way she speaks. That vocal fry

Sarah P

Jul 7, 2019, 6:02 pm Reply

I see she has a ~special~ necklace! I want one of those so bad. Sneaky, simple, and stylish. If you know what it is, then you know what it is

leela stoma

Jul 7, 2019, 7:45 pm Reply

Who the hell wants to live in the Rat Capital. So stupid ????

Gloria Silvers

Jul 7, 2019, 10:36 pm Reply

She makes me think of Selma Blair. She talks like her to.

C Me

Jul 7, 2019, 6:10 am Reply

An apartment the size of a room. Hmmmm… More power to her. I couldn't do it.

Johari Larosa

Jul 7, 2019, 3:43 pm Reply

Enough room for you and the cat.. cat lady lol.

Kendra Smith

Jul 7, 2019, 8:19 pm Reply

There's like 5 vintage pieces -_-


Jul 7, 2019, 12:43 am Reply

Why do people go to such extreme lengths to live in New York?

Also, why are all of the apartments in this series only in New York?

Linda Dagley

Jul 7, 2019, 1:15 am Reply

Rent or own…


Jul 7, 2019, 7:59 am Reply

I really didn't like the pictures. I assumed they were sentimental not decorative

Connie Weisman

Jul 7, 2019, 11:15 am Reply

I love it…you have decorated beautifully.


Jul 7, 2019, 12:35 pm Reply

Why does every New Yorker in this channel have a 'Get naked' in their bathroom?


Jul 7, 2019, 8:29 pm Reply

To each their own.

Ann Simpson

Jul 7, 2019, 5:50 pm Reply

very nice

Courtney Austin

Jul 7, 2019, 3:30 am Reply

Her vocal fry ????

Starr 64

Jul 7, 2019, 3:33 am Reply

Highway Robbery?????????????


Jul 7, 2019, 6:13 pm Reply

Ummmm NO this is not a Steal!! Even for NYC standards. Smh I was born & raised and still lives in NY. For that price & size that is still too dam much!! You can get a full 1brm or junior 1brm on the upper west side ( Near the upper 90’s) or in Brooklyn or Queens


Jul 7, 2019, 6:09 am Reply

You have a lovely, compact apartment and I think for NYC the price is quite good. The kitchen and patio make the space much more inviting and you've decorated nicely.

Spit Fire

Jul 7, 2019, 7:37 am Reply

This just looks sad and depressing to me!

Georgina Sandnes

Jul 7, 2019, 5:02 pm Reply

Oh, the outdoor space!!! Worth… no, impossible to estimate in money value ?

Lili White

Jul 7, 2019, 6:09 pm Reply

I can see why the chest of drawers your mom refinished goes with you everywhere. She did a great job on it – looks fantastic – love the color and hardware. Creates so much storage space too. Your place looks very cozy and inviting:-)

John Paul Bausa

Jul 7, 2019, 12:46 am Reply

I'm moving to a 1 br and first time buying stuff as my current apartment is furnished. Signed my lease two months before i moved. Btw, you are beautiful.


Jul 7, 2019, 6:01 am Reply

Rent for a studio in Silicon Valley [San Fran, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto] is $2,900 – $3,300.

Rose Spaulding

Jul 7, 2019, 1:48 am Reply

Don't go to any other cities?

Nikki Miller

Jul 7, 2019, 11:54 am Reply

Ahhhhh millennials…drinking from Mason jars and saging each equinox all in one room for almost 2 grand. If you've got the bucks, go for it, hun! The world is your bathroom, who am I to judge which toilet you decide to throw your money down.

Manhattan Mama

Jul 7, 2019, 2:34 pm Reply

No place like New York! This apartment is adorable…love the balcony. Plus laundry in the bldg….a steal for $1800.00.


Jul 7, 2019, 12:50 pm Reply

Well appointed and charming. For NYC, not expensive at all, especially with out door space…it is like a bonus room and perfectly utilized, reading area..friendly space for cocktails or am coffee.

sugga beauty

Jul 7, 2019, 9:23 pm Reply

I would have to go outside just to think?

Mahesh Parameswaran

Jul 7, 2019, 6:15 am Reply

nyc presentation miss , liked both

Susan Brown

Jul 7, 2019, 4:18 pm Reply

It looks very nice. But, the Rent….I live in Texas and pay $650 for 1 large bedroom, Living room, large, bathroom and laundry room. I feel sorry for y'all.

fook you

Jul 7, 2019, 8:49 am Reply

Crazy how the cost of living from one state to another varies. I have a 4,000 square foot home on 2 acres. My mortgage is 1,300. NOT RENT. MY MORTGAGE. No wonder why everyone's moving to AZ. It's affordable here.

S Fort

Jul 7, 2019, 3:41 am Reply

I could never live in dirty ass NY. Way to overpriced and dirty

Pretty Dria

Jul 7, 2019, 7:56 pm Reply

This apartment is about $500 in my state (Alabama) ??‍♀️

Susan Fowler

Jul 7, 2019, 8:12 pm Reply

Where do seniors on Social security live? Your digs are 1000.00 over my monthly check.

Jasmin Kh

Jul 7, 2019, 5:22 pm Reply

holy fuck I felt claustrophobic watching this. Her apartment is as big as my living room djdjdjsjjss

Colleen Catlady Hardesty

Jul 7, 2019, 12:26 am Reply

AWESOME apartment!!! You are soooooooo CREATIVE!!!

Chelsea Carlson

Jul 7, 2019, 7:46 am Reply

Am I the only one who thought that was a lot of space for a studio? Great find!

Ebo J.

Jul 7, 2019, 9:14 am Reply

I like the way it's decorated, especially that beautiful blue "chest of drawers". Good sense of humor as well.

marie m

Jul 7, 2019, 2:29 pm Reply

Dealing with mice is not worth it and I know every building there has them. All these transplants are so ridiculous just to be in NYC.

Jessica Marie

Jul 7, 2019, 10:58 pm Reply

It doesn’t look like much though, she can do a lot better as far as how her place looks.And I’ve seen better and bigger for that price.

Katherine :3

Jul 7, 2019, 2:54 am Reply

I’m more interested on her job like damn what do y do that allows you to live alone with 1k to spend on rent


Jul 7, 2019, 4:32 am Reply

I pay less than a $900 mortgage for a 3 bedroom home in Eastern Oregon. It's a beautiful open concept with granite counter tops, 2 ovens, wood floors, and a garage.

I can't believe people will pay 2k for an itty bitty apartment in an overpopulated, polluted city. That is insane!

Lia Sunshine

Jul 7, 2019, 6:16 am Reply

Mom Jeans.

Sweetheart Care Bear

Jul 7, 2019, 2:24 pm Reply

Your apartment is adorable and thank you for sharing. I've never been to New York, but all the apartment videos make me want to visit and New Yorkers seem cool even the accent. I by the way live in New Mexico, not Mexico as some confuse the 2.

Mattie southern fire Payne

Jul 7, 2019, 12:58 pm Reply

love it super cute space great video?


Jul 7, 2019, 1:17 pm Reply

I love it!

Tee Coleman

Aug 8, 2019, 7:07 pm Reply



Aug 8, 2019, 6:03 am Reply

Super cute. Love your style.


Aug 8, 2019, 5:34 pm Reply

I was interested to read if somebody else was bothered by her voice. I do not think she does it on purpose. But it sounds like she is constantly on the verge of crying.

Cherie Smith

Aug 8, 2019, 8:40 pm Reply

I think she has made great use of the space but the cost of the monthly rent is outrageous ! I would go stir crazy in such a small home ..I like to do a weekend visit and shopping but guess I am just a country gal at heart ?

Viv Foxx

Aug 8, 2019, 2:13 am Reply

"Draws" .. I've never heard drawers pronounced like that ?

Shana Neely

Aug 8, 2019, 4:00 am Reply

Holy fuck! $1800 is cheap?!?!?!? That could get you two houses to rent in Pittsburgh.

Stiff Wit

Aug 8, 2019, 12:55 pm Reply

I like it, I used to have one for 1100 in Brooklyn like this when that was pricey, but then I moved out further to a no name area of Queens and have a place three times as large for less than she’s paying, and groceries etc are dirt cheap here, so I can afford to save for a down payment on a house now

Sanya Simpson

Aug 8, 2019, 2:31 pm Reply

I can't breathe just looking at that entry way…not to mention the lack of natural lighting…???

Empress Dubai

Aug 8, 2019, 3:08 am Reply

Beautifully decorated.

Charm Accents

Aug 8, 2019, 8:14 am Reply

Your apartment is stunning and you are charming!

B Steven

Aug 8, 2019, 7:58 pm Reply

I think the balcony is the ONLY bonus of a small studio like this — makes it a little less claustrophobic.

Cheryl T.

Aug 8, 2019, 11:54 pm Reply

You have a lovely place! Have you thought about putting another mirror in your bathroom where that empty space is. It would make your bathroom look bigger!

Sea Em

Aug 8, 2019, 12:31 am Reply

You sage your apartment? You're stupid.

One Love

Aug 8, 2019, 5:09 pm Reply

That’s my mortgage. I have a 4br 1600sqft house on Long Island. 1/4 acre. Full basement. FOH!


Aug 8, 2019, 5:36 am Reply

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Mwana Mke

Aug 8, 2019, 9:36 pm Reply


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Hali Hali

Aug 8, 2019, 10:24 pm Reply

We pay my husband and I 1400$ for a studio apartment in the Bronx so considering the location of your studio it’s actually pretty cheap

Karyn McDonald

Aug 8, 2019, 12:10 am Reply

This is such a great apartment! I love how you've made a tiny space into something that looks much bigger. That must be a dream come true living in NYC!

WorkFlow Lounge

Aug 8, 2019, 1:44 pm Reply

As a California girl I’m always watching videos about NY apartments and shudder at the smallness and the price that goes with it. I pay $1292 for a 3000sf house on 1/2 acre of land in Sacramento… that’s a mortgage, not rent. But that’s beside the point. I want to say that i LOVE your apartment. It really is adorable and so much better than the dozens I’ve seen videos on in the past year. You did a great job with it and I’ve seen hotel rooms that didn’t look as comfy as your place. Enjoy your space!!!

Sarea Godfrey

Aug 8, 2019, 2:32 pm Reply

Omg I live in Houston I have a nice 1b 1b 620sft nice size renovated for $620 a month $1800 hell no

Catira App

Aug 8, 2019, 1:44 am Reply

You know how hard is it to come up with 1,000 and then add 800 lol

Ru I

Aug 8, 2019, 8:13 pm Reply

Why do people talk like they are swolling the last few words in every sentence? Aarrghh. So annoying!

Jenn Gardner

Aug 8, 2019, 12:48 am Reply

Considering you live on the Upper East Side and have your own bathroom for $1800 a month is unfathomable.

Thomas O’Donnell

Aug 8, 2019, 6:13 pm Reply

Very cute!

Mari G

Aug 8, 2019, 4:13 am Reply

But you can't be on your balcony in winter ?

Kristina Leitz

Aug 8, 2019, 11:41 pm Reply

Love that balcony!

deb jean

Aug 8, 2019, 7:56 am Reply

In PA you could have 3 bedrooms, balcony and 2 bathrooms for that much money in a good neighborhood.

deb jean

Aug 8, 2019, 7:59 am Reply

Your mortgage payments would be less than $1,800 for a beautiful home in PA. You must have a very good job.

Darcy Marie Druck Tcb

Aug 8, 2019, 9:29 am Reply

In Texas I heard you can get a mansion for $1800/month. Just saying. In Chicago here and suburbs, you can get a nice big apartment for anywhere between $800-1500/month. ?

Slpsa Slpsa

Aug 8, 2019, 1:52 pm Reply

It looks like a Tokyo apartment.

Body Under Renovation

Aug 8, 2019, 10:42 am Reply

My house that is well over 2000sg ft is $1200 a month.


Aug 8, 2019, 1:57 pm Reply

She reminds me of Monica.

Arianna Miguel

Aug 8, 2019, 12:58 am Reply

hell no

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