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A challenge

Courtney

Small spaces and even smaller budgets (after you’ve spent the majority of your income on rent and everything else Manhattan has to offer) can make styling your NYC apartment a challenge. Up­and­coming city dwellers often feel the need to skip the interior splurge in lieu of trying a great new restaurant or seeking a much­needed holiday away from the daily grind. Odds are that if the expensive mid century modern price tags don’t deter you from making a move, figuring out how to address a challenging floor plan will! It’s no wonder a minimalist aesthetic is making a come back in the design world— paint everything white, throw a mattress on the floor and call it a day! Despite the challenges that face people living in abodes less spacious than a 4­story brownstone, there are ways to make your home feel stylish and chic—and most importantly reflect the personalities of the very people who inhabit them.

Prop and interior stylist Courtney de Wet has achieved just that—a space that reflects her unique and quirky taste with a chic yet comfortable feel—despite facing the typical challenges associated with designing a rental apartment.

Courtney and her husband Richard de Wet currently rent and reside in an 800 square foot apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Courtney’s approach to designing a possibly temporary space that expresses warmth and personality is to start small. “Pick an area of your space that doesn’t overwhelm you—or something you have a clear vision for.” She notes that the advantage to starting with an area you are confident and excited about is that it will help, if not completely dictate, how to proceed with the rest of the space.

Courtney found the antique Chinese apothecary chest at an uptown thrift store in the Bronx.  “When I got the piece home I found dried herbs and leaves in many of the
drawers
Courtney found the antique Chinese apothecary chest at an uptown thrift store in the Bronx. “When I got the piece home I found dried herbs and leaves in many of the drawers".
The hutch in the couples’ kitchen is both functional and pretty. Courtney and Rich found the piece at HD Buttercup in Los Angeles. Two limited edition prints form a local Brooklyn artist hang above the piece.
The hutch in the couples’ kitchen is both functional and pretty. Courtney and Rich found the piece at HD Buttercup in Los Angeles. Two limited edition prints form a local Brooklyn artist hang above the piece.

Images: Michael Marquand via Taverne AgencyHD Buttercup in Los Angeles

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