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The Best of Tiny Homes: Part 3

This installment of “The Best of Tiny Homes” features a one bedroom, one bathroom apartment located in a pre-war building on Manhattan’s Upper East. This vintage apartment, which belongs to the co-founder of interior design firm McGrath II , Lauren McGrath, is part of a Georgian mansion built in 1890 and has beautiful architectural details from that period which include working fireplaces, high ceilings, lovely large archways and windows, and well proportioned interior spaces. The original interiors of the building were partially designed by the author Edith Wharton.

The symmetrical arrangement of the bookshelves and seating in the living room gives the room a balanced and classic feel.




The floral fabric on the living room chair pictured below is Quadrille’s “Jardin des Plantes” print. I like the mix of the floral pattern with the leopard and ikat prints on the sofa.


Although the apartment’s furnishings are generally traditional, the contemporary art in the living room gives the space a fresh and modern feel:


Two more views of the living room:




The white walls and window treatments throughout, as in the bedroom pictured below, help to make the small apartment feel unified and larger than it is.


Next to the bed, a desk doubles as a nightstand, which is a great trick for small space decorating.


Below is a picture of Lauren McGrath in her living room.


In an article about her apartment in the on-line publication My Domaine, McGrath said, “The goal is to design rooms that you never want to leave.” I think she succeeded with her own home, don’t you?

(all pictures are from My Domaine)

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