We Totally Redecorated Our Brooklyn Apartment With These 35 Unique Pieces
The first time I walked through my now-home, I was underwhelmed. Nearly every inch of the Brooklyn one-bedroom was painted a jarring shade of bright white (and I do mean every inch, including the bathroom's painted wall tiles), not to mention the cramped floor plan left a lot to be desired. My husband, on the other hand, saw the potential. With some convincing, lots of preplanning, the removal of one temporary wall, and a bit of trial and error, we've turned what was once a blank slate into a colorful nest. There are still a few items left on my home-decor wish list, but I'm thrilled with the results so far.
Ahead, I've broken down some of my favorite fun and functional pieces we've tracked down to fill our cozy New York apartment. From unique small-brand finds to affordable hidden gems from Target, there's a little something for every city dweller on this list.
This is our third apartment together and the first that was spacious enough to accommodate a dining table. We splurged on the table and lighting fixture, but all the other decor pieces were relatively affordable, including some secondhand gems (like the mirror and wine glasses).
Rugs USA Vaquero Macchiato Faux Cowhide Off White Rug
To be honest, I didn't exactly notice that the Vaquero Macchiato Faux Cowhide Rug ($109, originally $203) came with gold-fleck accents when I hit the "order" button, but I've come to love the added detail. My main concern was that they would peel off the second I vacuumed, but they've held strong for five months and counting.
Green kitchen cabinets aren't for everyone, but they make the space feel homey and tailored to our personal tastes. We hired a pro to take these on, because I'm a firm believer that DIYing isn't always worth the trouble. Hire people who know what they're doing, and pay them what they're worth; odds are high you won't regret investing in something you look at every single day.
Clare Paint in Avocado Toast
We ordered a few samples of different green shades, but this dusty-green hue from Clare paint was the winner. You can order Avocado Toast Paint Color ($54) in both interior and cabinet finishes, so we used the same shade for an accent wall to tie it all together.
Katie Kime New York Dinosaur Print
We're a Brooklyn family now, but we had to have some traces of Manhattan throughout our space. This Katie Kime New York Dinosaur Print 8x10 ($18) adds a playful piece of the Upper West Side's American Museum of Natural History to the kitchen.
Food52 x Farmhouse Pottery Double Oven Mitt & Apron Gift Set
My husband is the chef in our house, so I gifted him this Food52 x Farmhouse Pottery Double Oven Mitt & Apron Gift Set ($118) a few months ago. I love it because the oven mitt looks great draped over the oven handle, and he loves it for its more functional purposes.
Hot Mesh Barstool
These Hot Mesh Barstools ($259) from BluDot were a splurge, but they make the kitchen space. The open back gives our narrow bar seating setup feel a bit more open and airy. Plus, I love that Blu Dot is a truly design-focused brand that cares deeply about quality.
Chantal Anniversary Yellow Tea Kettle + Reviews
Our canary-yellow teapot is a beloved hand-me-down from my husband's parents that we leave out on the stovetop as a pop of color. This Chantal Anniversary Yellow Tea Kettle ($40) from Crate & Barrel is practically identical.
My husband and I battle over who gets to occupy this chair. It's the perfect place to set up camp with a book and a cup of coffee in the morning.
Etsy Faux Baby's Breath
Keeping fresh flowers around is amazing, but popping bundles of these very convincing Faux Baby's Breath Bundles ($16) in colorful vases is an easy, affordable swap. We keep them on our desk in the living room and another vase on a shelf in the kitchen.
Amazon Ivinta Modern Accent Arm Chairs Set of 2
We found our blue velvet chair on Amazon a few years ago, but we've made it work in multiple spaces because it's so simple. This Ivinta Modern Accent Arm Chair ($150) is a great substitute, and the open back adds a cool midcentury detail.
We knocked out a wall in our living room and were left with this column in the middle of the space. We added some decorative pieces to make it feel a little more intentional. Side note: my mother-in-law bought us the Remodelista book stacked on the table in this photo, and it's probably the most useful housewarming gift we received!
Our gallery wall is still in process, but we love that it's a mix of pieces made by friends, gifts from family members, and affordable prints we picked out together.
Mercury Row Racette Square Cotton Velvet Pouf Ottoman
I'm short, so I'm a fan of puffy cube ottomans with a little more height than round options. We found our exact style at HomeGoods, but this Mercury Row Racette Square Velvet Pouf ($134, originally $255) is basically the same, with a luxe fabric finish to boot.
Amazon Modkat Litter Box
We're not ready to splurge on an automated litter box just yet, mostly because the Modkat Litter Box ($90) does such a great job of keeping litter dust and trackage contained. We keep it tucked behind the couch in the living room, and we never notice smells or stray mess. I recommend this box to all my fellow cat parents!
Threshold Extra Large Round Wire Decorative Storage Bin
Target's Extra Large Round Wire Decorative Storage Bin With Handles ($25) is perfect for storing throw blankets.
We totally redid our bathroom, and it's now one of my favorite rooms in the house. Swapping silver hardwares for matte black finish and adding a graphic floor tile made a major difference in the overall feel.
Stella Nero Encaustic Porcelain Floor and Wall Tile
We kept the bathroom to a black-and-white color palette, but these Stella Nero Encaustic Porcelain Floor and Wall Tiles ($10/square foot) add eye-catching detail.
My favorite thing about our bedroom? These supersoft Brooklinen sheets. I'm a warm sleeper, and these always seem to keep me cool! This is also my first time using throw pillows for the bed. Not the most functional pieces I own, but some of the cutest.
A classier person would call this a "makeup vanity" with a straight face, but I've dubbed it my "getting-ready station." I'm still on the hunt for a rug I can put under a chair with wheels, but having a dedicated space to store my beauty products is a game changer.
iHome Hollywood Pro Vanity Mirror With Bluetooth & USB Charger
The iHome Hollywood Pro Vanity Mirror With Bluetooth & USB Charger ($250) makes me love getting ready for the day. I play podcasts through the speaker and use the adjustable light settings to make sure my makeup doesn't look too harsh.
Our bedroom is a work in progress, but there are a few pieces in this corner we've recommended to friends and family.
Lofgren Metal Round Multi-Tiered Plant Stand
I love that the legs on this Lofgren Metal Round Multi-Tiered Plant Stand ($88, originally $105) are adjustable, so we can move as needed when dusting and vacuuming.