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My Studio Apartment Costs $2,500 A Month— & Here's What It Looks Like

(Last Updated On: December 17, 2017)

In Refinery29’s Sweet Digs, we have a look contained in the typically small, typically spacious houses of millennial metropolis dwellers. Today, govt producer Angela Sumner exhibits us her West Village studio, the place she pays $2,500 in hire.

In New York City, there’s an oft-whispered phrase: “New York lucky.” It principally means stumbling upon a seemingly not possible deal — a rent-stabilized house in a main neighborhood, a reduced pattern sale costume in your measurement, a roommate who is not loopy (and can also be clear and can typically make you breakfast).

R29 staffer Angela Sumner managed to seek out that along with her house in West Village. After subletting in a neighboring constructing and getting seen by the superintendent for recycling, she was supplied first dibs on a rent-stabilized alcove studio in a fourth-floor walkup.

For $2,500, Angela occupies roughly 500-square-feet, two blocks from the Hudson River, with precise views from her window and loads of pure mild. “The building next to me is a historic building, so it will never go any higher,” Angela says. “And if you crane out the fire escape, you can see the Hudson River. You can also get a peekaboo view of the Freedom Tower from my living room.” And in West Village, with that a lot area, and a good quantity of pure mild? Yeah, we might say that is New York fortunate.

Watch Angela give us a tour of her West Village house, then click on forward to learn extra about her adorning type.

What did you search for if you have been first scouting for an house?

“I’m used to paying less than $1000 for a lot of square footage because I lived in Seattle for 10 years, but in New York, them’s the breaks. What I’ve learned is that everyone here has one little thing that they’re willing to pay that extra bit for. For me, it was natural light. When I thought about living in New York, I thought about how all the buildings were all the way up to your window, and that gave me heart palpitations. So to me the natural light is worth the $2,500, not to mention that it’s in West Village.”

What’s one factor you like about dwelling right here?

“Well there’s no laundry in the building, but I drop off my laundry every week, and as a West Coaster, that kind of luxury doesn’t exist anywhere else. At first, I thought it was weird that other people would be pawing my dirty underwear, but now I love dropping it off and having it folded when I get back. All I have to do is put it away. It’s nice. That’s a steak and whiskey night for me.”

Pillowfort, $24.99, accessible at Target

Where do you store for dwelling decor and furnishings?

“For my couch I used AllModern. I also love World Market for little things. West Elm is nice, too, if you have a designer discount. But other than that, I like to just find things. I have such an eclectic style. I just see something I like and then I buy it, and I find a way to make it work in my space. Oftentimes, I take from my grandparents’ home. Reduce, reuse, recycle. It got me my apartment.”

What’s your house type?

“Everything is white and crisp and clean. I love a lot of color, so this is the first time I’ve had everything all white. My accessories and my pieces bring the color, and I wanted my artwork and family items to shine. So the wood and furniture is all really neutral, and then I have pops of color with the accents and artifacts of my life. I’ve never really been big on buying stuff from Bed Bath & Beyond or Target or anything like that, although my rug in my living room is a kid’s rug from Target. It’s really durable.”

Lane, $395, accessible at Chairish

How did your upbringing affect your house type?

“I grew up in a house my grandfather designed and built, so the bedrooms are really small in our house. You don’t get your own space. Instead, I did my homework in the kitchen, which was open to the living room and the dining room. We ate together every night. So the kitchen is really important to me — I spend most of my time in there.”

Do you could have any adorning guidelines?

“I do not like symmetry, and I also like to design in odd numbers. If you have a cluster of things, don’t put two there. Make it three.”

Jayson Home, $55, accessible at Jayson Home

What’s your favourite factor about your house?

“I love that I have room for a couch area that is separate from my bedroom. I will say, though, because it’s an old building and West Village is a historic neighborhood, nothing is to code, you know? To get an actual couch in there was a nightmare. I ordered two couches, and they wouldn’t fit through the door, even though I measured the space and everything. I finally had to get a couch I could build myself. But it is nice to have that separation of space.”

Mercury Row, $1269.99, accessible at AllFashionable

How do you keep organized in such a small area?

“Living in New York, I’ve realized that there is so much stuff I do not need. So I’ve learned to live with less and to dress with less options. Living minimally doesn’t mean you can’t live with color or texture or pattern. I love excess, but you can have a smaller amount of things that pack more of a punch.”

Room & Board, $149, accessible at Room & Board

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