How To Decorate A Small Space

My sister recently moved into a new apartment in Williamsburg and I’ve been helping her decorate it! I wanted to share a few tips and tricks I’ve learned from living in small NYC apartments over the years, and which ones I incorporated into her place. There are a ton of simple ways to make a small space look and feel bigger – you just have to do a little rearranging! Decorating A Small Space Use a large round jute rug under a sofa or bed. A round rug completely opens up a small room and is a nice juxtaposition to a big, rectangular piece of furniture. Jute is a natural, airy, clean material that will go with any style of decor – and it’s one of the most inexpensive types of rugs. I’ve gotten mine on Wayfair, Overstock, and Pottery Barn. Use the Ikea Billy Bookcase as storage and decor. This simple white bookcase has been in every single one of my apartments! It’s been a wardrobe (the one with doors) in my college dorm and West Village apartment, a bookcase in my first NYC apartment, and it now acts as shoe + bag storage in my office. You have the option to get it with or without glass doors (it’s super chic with glass doors – and you can switch out the knobs + put wallpaper or fabric behind the glass to hide what’s inside!), and it also comes in various widths. It’s a great divider if you live in a studio and want to put 3 right next to each other. Use a narrow bench, ottoman, or acrylic piece as a coffee table. Most coffee tables are pretty big and made for large living rooms. Be sure to properly measure your space so you’re not stuck with a HUGE one! My favorite coffee tables for small spaces are; a narrow bench that you can decorate with coffee table books and trinkets to warm it up, a small fabric ottoman or two matching stools (sometimes a printed fabric is fun depending on your style!), or an acrylic/lucite piece like this one that I had in my old Upper East Side studio. If the room won’t fit a traditional coffee table, get some fun moroccan poufs, or a stack of small vintage suitcases or trunks for the space. Create a gallery wall behind your sofa, dresser, dining room table, or in a narrow entry. A gallery wall instantly lifts your eye up and makes a space feel more cozy and eclectic. You would be AMAZED at how it can transform a long, dark entryway. Don’t be afraid to hang art on a brick wall – there are special nails that make it possible. I always hire a handyman through Taskrabbit to do all of my hanging since they come equipped with the right tools. Be sure to read my; How To Find Art For Your Home blog post to see some of my favorite resources. Wallpaper a small bathroom. A beautiful, intricate patterned wallpaper can transform a tiny bathroom! Swap out a plain light fixture for a mini chandelier or pendant, and put in a pretty mirror – and you’ve got yourself a darling powder room. Incorporate vintage pieces into your space. Vintage pieces are much smaller than the furniture pieces they sell in stores today. A vintage item can add a ton of pizzaz to a space and make everything feel more homey. I never like to order sets of furniture or everything in the same type of wood/color because it ends up making a space feel crowded and sterile. Mix and match modern pieces with vintage pieces. Get a cute gold bar cart to put booze, glasses and books on. Find a fun ceramic umbrella holder for your entry. Hang baskets or hats on the wall. Mix gold and wood frames of all shapes and sizes on a gallery wall. Use a vintage leather trunk as a side or coffee table. Frame your windows with long white curtains. Quality curtains immediately make a ceiling look higher and elevate a space. They pull together any room, and give it a more chic/polished look. I’m a sucker for a thick, Belgian linen French pleat style – and in my opinion, no one does it better than Restoration Hardware. BUT their curtains are pricey, so I recommend checking out Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma Home, and West Elm for other options! Mirrors, mirrors, mirrors! Mirrors act as windows in a space. If you feel like your space is cramped and doesn’t have enough light or windows then add a mirror! I love the look of an oversized mirror leaning against the wall opposite of a bed to really open up a room. I also love a mirror behind a sofa, or dining room table. And last but not least, a mirror in an entry is always a good idea – not only for makeup touch ups before you leave, but just to add that extra oomph that most entries need! Use baskets as storage. I LOVE baskets. I use a basket in my living room to store extra pillows and blankets in, I use baskets in my bedroom for laundry/dry cleaning, I use baskets in my entry for groceries/errands, and I use baskets in my closet to store towels, scarves, and toiletry bags. There are a zillion places to buy baskets, but some of my favorite spots are Ralph Lauren, One Kings Lane, Serena and Lily, and Etsy. Use a dresser as a TV console. A dresser maximizes your storage space, AND in my opinion looks way better than an open TV console which shows the cable box and cords. Anthropologie has gorgeous dressers like this bone inlay one, or this carved wood one. I also always like to check World Market, vintage stores, One Kings Lane and Studio McGee’s shop for consoles! Keep clutter to a minimum. This goes without saying, but whether you live in a small or big space, my philosophy when it comes to “stuff” is always less is more! Be diligent about cleaning out your closet and cabinets. Don’t hold onto stuff that doesn’t fit or that you haven’t used in a year. Purge, purge, purge! I have an entire blog post talking about How To Clean Out Your Closet here – so be sure to check that out! I hope this post was helpful and you learned a few things :) I’d love to see photos of your space and ways that you’ve incorporated my tips + tricks in so feel free to send them way!!! As always, feel free to leave any questions you may have below! And be sure to check out all of my other Decor posts here like; How To Find Art For Your Home, Refresh Your Home For Spring, and My Favorite Coffee Table Books.
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Amazon and Nordstrom Sales Picks

There are 2 amazing sales going on right now! Today is Amazon Prime Day AND the Nordstrom Anniversary Early Access sale is already in full swing for card members. I wanted to share a few items that really stuck out to me from both of these epic sales. Amazon Prime Day Favorites From the Amazon sale – if you don’t already own an Instant Pot (aka my favorite kitchen device), now is the time to get one. It’s usually $129 and is now marked down to $56! I make coconut sticky white rice weekly in this bad boy in under 12 minutes. I also love making soups, chicken, fish, and veggies in it. It’s the easiest kitchen device and makes things taste so moist and delicious!!! If you need a new laptop, the MacBook Air 13″ is currently $200 off! Also from Apple, are the AirPods which are marked down from $159 to just under $145. There are a ton of other tech devices and gadgets on there so be sure to browse the site to see the full list! Lastly, if you’ve been wanting to get a magazine subscription to People, Elle Decor, Shape and more…they’re offering up to 85% off the yearly fee on many of them! Side note – did you know you can shop on Shopbop through Amazon? It’s a great way to hide your clothing purchases from your hubby LOL! Amazon owns Shopbop so they’ve got tons of beautiful clothes and accessories for any season here! I just ordered this classic white shirtdress for my upcoming trip to Santa Barbara. Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites From the Nordstrom sale – oh man, where to begin?! This sale is always PACKED with deeply discounted staple pieces that are ideal for any occasion. I have to say, I’m very impressed with the selection this year. Tons of great workout pieces, cute PJs, coats, dresses and more… Clothing wise I am loving this Rails plaid button down, this long cardigan, this cozy sweater, this nightshirt which I own 3 of, this teddy coat, these Nike leggings, this leather jacket, this printed blouse, this stunning burnt orange midi skirt, this stripe button down, this classic trench, and these simple boyfriend jeans. For accessories I have my eye on these sneakers, these rain boots (so needed for NYC!), these simple pumps, and this light cashmere scarf. For beauty I love this Charlotte Tilbury lip kit, Oribe kit (I always use these when I travel); Tom Ford mini shimmer body oil (this is my FAVE in the summer), and this diffuser which smells heavenly and I just ran out of! Giveaway! To celebrate both sales, I want to treat 2 lucky readers to a $250 gift card to either Amazon OR Nordstrom. Your choice! In order to enter this giveaway, leave me a comment below telling me which item I recommended that you’d most likely buy, AND be sure to like and leave a comment on my latest IG post with the HEART emoji so I know you’ve entered. Winners will be announced by 6PM EST today. Good luck!
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Summer Style on Bleecker

I have been soaking up every second of this gorgeous summer weather! It’s been in the 80s all week in NYC and I’ve been out and about, wearing all of my light summer pieces. I picked up this black silk skirt in Montauk the other weekend at the Bluestone Lane Collective boutique – and I love the way it drapes. It’s from a small Aussie designer and also comes in white. This skirt is super similar and only $78. I paired the slip skirt with a soft white button down from Abercrombie and tied it at the waist. This tied up blouse + skirt combo has become my go-to summer look and is perfect to throw on if I don’t know what to wear! Abercrombie has the best button downs if you’re looking for a few new ones to spruce up your wardrobe! These lace up sandals are a few seasons old from Club Monaco. They carry this pair online now, and then this Madewell pair is super similar. I own them in the darker brown color and can attest they’re great quality/comfortable to walk for long periods of time in. I was strolling along Bleecker Street in the West Village the other day and was so excited to see that The Daily Edited opened a shop there now! Honestly, I love their leather luggage, cosmetic cases and iPhone cases. I picked up this cute monogram iPhone case at the boutique and it was ready in 15 minutes. You can customize the font and colors – so fun right?!
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10 Things To Do In Nantucket

I went to Nantucket for the 4th of July last week and had the best time on the island! I grew up going there and always love visiting my favorite shops, beaches, and restaurants. It’s a little slice of heaven off the coast of Massachusetts. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend taking a mini weekend or week long trip there. It’s only an hour flight (actually even shorter than that!) from NYC. I have all of my favorite places listed on my Travel App which you can download for free here OR in the App Store or Google Play by simply searching “With Love From Kat.” I also recently added a new Travel section to my site, which is essentially the Travel App in desktop form. I got a ton of questions about which spots in particular were my favorite from my trip this time around, so I wanted to share a concise list of 10 Things To Do in Nantucket if you’re only there for a few days and want to pack the most in! 10 Things To Do In Nantucket1.  Rent bikes and head to Surfside Beach.Surfside is one of the best beaches on Nantucket. The sand is so soft and it’s always super peaceful. Ride bikes along the bike path and take in the scenic route. There are two great casual lunch spots right there if you’re hungry – a little taco truck and a beach stand.   2.   Have sunset drinks and dinner at Galley Beach.This restaurant is located directly on the beach. The tables and chairs are literally right in the sand – so don’t wear heels to dinner haha! 3.  Have dinner at The Pearl.This is one of the best restaurants on Nantucket and the attention to detail is impeccable. All of the flavors are so innovative and unique. The food melts in your mouth. 4.  Walk down Cliff Road and stop for lunch at Something Natural.Cliff Road is one of my favorite roads in Nantucket. The homes are STUNNING. Something Natural is a hidden sandwich shop with the BEST homemade Portuguese bread (I literally buy a loaf every summer to take home with me!) and the yummiest sandwiches. Grab sandwiches and one of their chocolate chip cookies to go for the beach, or sit on their picnic tables. You can walk to Jettie’s Beach after. 5.  Stroll and shop through town.The shopping in Nantucket is amazing. I love Olivela, Monelle, Nantucket Looms, and Sweet Inspirations for chocolate! 6.  Get ice cream at Juice Bar.This is the best ice cream I’ve ever had in my life. They make all of the waffle cones homemade right in front of you, and the line is always wrapped around the block. It’s worth the wait!!! 7.  Head to Sconset and do the Sconset Bluff Walk.Sconset is at the end of the island, and worth the trip out there. It’s a community of gorgeous rose covered cottages and traditional mansions overlooking the water. The Bluff Walk takes you right in front of the mansions – you can literally walk through the backyards of them! After the walk, stroll through town, and head to The Chanticleer for dinner. 8.  Have lunch at Cru and then wander to Brant Point Lighthouse.I love getting off the ferry, or plane and heading straight to Cru for a light lunch outside. They’ve got a great selection of food and wine and it’s just so relaxing to be on their patio and look out at all of the boats. After lunch, head to the Brant Point Lighthouse to admire its beauty. 9.  Have dinner at Ventuno and then drinks at Straight Wharf.Set in a charming house, Ventuno is a must if you love Italian food. Their pasta is phenomenal and they make a mean dirty martini. They have a fun back bar as well, but I always love heading to Straight Wharf for drinks. It gets really lively late night! 10.  Listen to live music and enjoy cocktails at Cisco Brewery.This is a great spot if you’re with a group and want to do a little day drinking. Listen to great music and sit on the picnic benches sipping cocktails.
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