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Tiny NYC Apartment and 8 Tips for Living Happy in a Small Space

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J. Michael Moore is an interior designer who lives in New York City and today we’re touring his tiny NYC apartment.

It’s a 225-square-foot studio that he remodeled with crown molding, new paint, decorations, and a sleeping loft.

Moore chose furniture that he could easily move around so he can change his configuration whenever he wants.

The majority of the living space is for hanging out and having friends over while the back portion of it is dedicated to his work.

In the kitchen he was missing counter space to be able to cook but thanks to the open floor plan he was able to add a recycled island to fix this.

Watch the Video Tour of this Tiny NYC Apartment Below

Moore added a sleeping loft directly above the kitchen so that he wouldn’t have to worry about having a bed in the middle of the limited space in the studio.

He was able to make it work even though he’s 6’4″ there’s still plenty of space in the kitchen and the sleeping loft.

8 Tips for Living Happy in a Tiny NYC Apartment or Studio

  • Choose one solid color for each of your rooms and it will make your small space feel bigger (including decorations)
  • Be organized with where you put your stuff because it will lead to less frustration
  • Form habit to put away things as soon as you’re done using it to keep neat and clean
  • Create your own sleeping loft or bunk bed to double up on space
  • Make your space yours by adding decorations that make you happy
  • Add crown molding and/or upgrade base molding
  • Buy furniture that’s easy to move so you can easily rearrange your space
  • Buy as much furniture as you can that you can see through to help the space feel bigger

225-square-feet NYC Studio Tour with J. Michael Moore

Video thanks to SpacesTV on YouTube.

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  • Carolyn B
    January 3, 2013, 2:44 pm

    Alex, thanks for sharing a tiny space video. I think this fits in perfectly with those of us who need or want to stay on the grid but want to simplify our lives.

  • January 3, 2013, 5:52 pm

    Cool video and place- well, except for the teetering concrete-looking planter up overhead on the skinny shelf (in the lead photo you shown). Prob just a lens effect though….

  • January 3, 2013, 5:53 pm

    “you’ve shown”- dang ipad micro keyboard!

  • LaMar
    January 5, 2013, 1:27 pm

    Well, it isn’t to my taste (I’m Country) but if he is happy with that style more power to him!

    I do agree with moveable furniture that can expand. I have a kitchen bar on wheels with an extendable leaf that really has saved me many times when visitors show up for a meal unexpectedly.

    I think it is alos important to have outdoor spaces to compliment the indoor spaces and I like lots of light and air so a porch and open windows and screen door makes a small house feel much bigger.


  • Judy Shelledy
    January 5, 2013, 1:31 pm

    My husband and I live in a 1963 mobile home in SW Florida. We bought the trailer 2+ years ago because it was certainly affordable, lot rent is cheap and we can dock our boat in the canal behind our house (boat dock included in lot rent!) We have about 450 feet of indoor space and almost equal that in screened space. We have combined livingroom, kithen and dining space , small bedroom with a canal view (also,of several 500,000 dollar properties). I never see a mobile home mentioned in small space living and wanted to mention that it can be a very positive housing choice for seniors on a limited budget. Our space is easy to maintain, attractive to look at, utilities are minimal and all for the price of a rather cheap used car.

    • Paul
      September 30, 2014, 3:40 pm

      Well come on then, show us your mobile home and how it works for you. I’m sure lots of other people would be very interested to see, after all the perception most people have is that they are inhabited by what is sarcastically called trailer trash. Oh, and I am from New Zealand and even we know about that.

      So come on, whip out a digital camera and send us a bucket load of pics.


  • Cindy
    January 5, 2013, 3:08 pm

    Great video with great tips. Not so sure about the room colors though…Please share more of these not so off the grid stories. Thoroughly enjoyed!

  • Monique Swyer
    September 29, 2014, 9:36 pm

    What a fun space! It seems like a really happy place with such bold vibrant colors! Kudos for stepping outside the neutrals and making your home all yours! Love the bookcase turned kitchen island – great example of furniture doing double duty!!

  • Twila
    October 1, 2014, 10:07 pm

    O.K. tiny can be upscale and bold also… got it… 🙂

  • Nanny M
    February 22, 2017, 6:41 am

    I love this! Such a joyful celebration of color! Lots of fun art. Even though I’m pastel country, it made me so happy watching this. Love his style. So much good energy, life!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      February 22, 2017, 9:02 am

      I feel the same way, Nanny! I would never go so bold, but I’m so happy he did 🙂

    February 22, 2017, 8:30 am

    I have no comment on this one, but I do wish him luck!

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