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Man Turns Woman’s NYC Micro Apartment into Tiny Palace

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Right now in this post I want to show you how Nate Berkus has turned this woman’s 250 sq. ft. micro apartment in NYC into a gorgeous tiny palace with storage galore throughout.

The kitchen was renovated with state of the art space saving appliances. One of the most unique parts of the home is how Nate used wall to wall floral curtains to create hidden storage (see below).

Now every square inch of Martha’s apartment is being properly utilized with appropriate storage and decor. See for yourself below and let me know what your thoughts are on it in the comments.

250 Sq. Ft. NYC Micro Apartment Turned into Tiny Palace


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VIDEO: Martha’s Renovated 250 Sq. Ft. NYC Micro Apartment

This renovation has been featured on Oprah. Original post right hereMore tiny homes over at Oprah’s blog.

Our big thanks to Gloria Vincent for submitting this story to us!

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • September 18, 2014, 8:42 pm

    Thanks again for the mention, Alex! 😉

    • Alex
      September 19, 2014, 5:06 pm

      Thank you for sharing the wonderful story Gloria! 🙂

  • elizabeth
    September 19, 2014, 2:19 pm

    Love the kitties! As for the apt, big missed opt. If Nate had talked to someone like Kirsten Dirksen about space-saver projects and actual dual-use storage (rather than going all sponsor-big-box stuff), Martha could have a Murphy bed behind the vanity, or a multi-level, with just as much storage but without those HIDEOUS curtains or the claustraphobic tenting. (All daylight will be absorbed by the curtains, making it nice for someone with a daylight allergy.) The day bed could be alcoved to be used properly (middle of room, seriously!?!) and they could have added 3sf to that tiny bathroom. Points for a nice kitchen, remembering the kitties, and giving Martha a happy moment. But seriously, is she going to stay happy in that rectangular Yurt that isn’t even as big as a real Yurt? Nate is not my style in general, but this the worst thing I’ve ever seen him do.

    • Alex
      September 19, 2014, 5:10 pm

      I like the murphy bed idea for sure Elizabeth but she really seemed to love what was done and that’s all that matters sometimes (it’s not ours, its hers, right?) Thanks for sharing all of your great ideas too tho! And Kirsten has the some of the BEST video tours. Sorry you didn’t like this one. Good news is- there are lots more 🙂

      • elizabeth
        September 19, 2014, 8:39 pm

        Actually, I hope she remains happy with it, and even though my taste is perfect (HA), if we all had the same taste, it would be a boring world. And there is something to be said for seeing what he did with Big-Box pieces, b/c that is accessible and affordable for most of us. The overall look wasn’t my cup of tea, but there were good ideas there. That’s why I love your blog Alex, everything you share includes food for thought. Even if I’m in a snarky mood (sorry about that), you can depend on me enjoying those afternoons when I have the time to “visit” with you b/c I’m learning new stuff and seeing cool ideas. Thank you!

        • Alex
          September 20, 2014, 10:41 am

          Thanks Elizabeth :))

  • Comet
    September 19, 2014, 4:03 pm

    Couldn’t get ANY of todays video to load but–I thought this tent draped cave was the BEFORE pic!


  • Kaleb
    September 24, 2014, 12:32 pm

    Just learned something new…that oven/micro/toaster etc and a dishwasher that fits beneath the sink! Wow. Something to consider for my cottage. (I live a sheltered life.) Thanks for sharing.

  • roberto
    September 28, 2014, 3:06 am

    I remember this one and hated it. It is very tacky and all that fabric makes it look even smaller.

  • Cecille
    April 11, 2015, 11:54 am

    All that fabric make the room look really crowded, and as a result smaller. In the long run, its cleanliness will also become an issue. Dust and cat dander will cling to all that fabric. But the owner of the place wanted that kind of a look, and that is what most matters. I made this comment because I started wheezing (I have ashtma) just looking at it. The wheezing part is a joke….LOL.

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