This 1-Bedroom Proves Small Apartments Don't Have To Be Boring

Photo: Courtesy of Topher Scott Photography.
It was a chance conversation with a Vogue colleague that led Edgar Gonzalez to Nicole Villi and Brittany Marom, creators of Designer + Attaché, a new start-up service (and friend of Viyet) connecting busy professionals with affordable design services. Shortly after their chat, Gonzalez jumped on board as a design assistant, bringing his signature blend of classic-yet-quirky style to a diverse range of clients. His proudest achievement, however, might be his West Village home.
Though it only measures 600 square feet, the apartment showcases functionality without sacrificing style. “It’s a great example of how you don’t need thousands of square feet in space or a multimillion-dollar budget to get what I call the three Cs: a home that feels comfortable, cool, and collected,” he says. Gonzalez gave Viyet a peek into his welcoming abode to see how he took this space from cramped to chic.
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Photo: Courtesy of Topher Scott Photography.
Decorate around what you love.
“One of the things that made me fall in love with this particular apartment was the fireplace,” Gonzalez says. The antique mantelpiece naturally became the focal point of the furniture arrangement.

Surprisingly, he didn’t touch the walls. “It was important to me to keep all the walls and original moldings white, it makes the apartment look so much bigger and cleaner, especially with the great light that pours in from the street-facing windows.”
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Get the look.
Like a fall outfit, a good look starts with a nice base layer. In Gonzalez’s apartment, it’s the neutral rug that anchors his seating arrangement. (It also helps “absorb” noise and protects his wood floors.) For a luxurious upgrade, try the Taupe Shimmer rug from Barbara Barran for the Classic Rug Company. It’s an investment that’ll work with any interior now — and for years and years to come.
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Leave no corner untouched.
At Viyet, we believe every square foot of space in a tiny apartment has to have a purpose — even in that awkward corner we all seem to have. Gonzalez used his to house a pair of shelves that display beautiful objects and books. “Floating shelves are especially easy and can serve to fill out corners that would otherwise be left bare, without sacrificing square footage,” Gonzalez says. He also added a compact Jonathan Adler bar (purchased during a stint as Adler’s assistant) to add a dash of fun. “It’s a great way to showcase a bit of personality and strangely make you feel like more of an adult. Try it!”
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Get the look.
This side table by Alexa Hampton would make an excellent place to mix up a cocktail. Shelving provides additional storage, and the brass details give off a vintage vibe.
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Add A Functional Workspace
Just because your home lacks space doesn’t mean it can’t be functional. “I work a lot from home so having a good sized desk was important for me to have,” says Gonzalez. The mirror details on the desk add depth and the linen board is perfect for pinning new ideas and keeping projects organized.
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Bring in extra seating.
Maximize seating in a small space with lightweight chairs that can be easily tucked away when not in use. Gonzalez’ chairs from Restoration Hardware are perfectly complemented with a fun pillow for added comfort and style.

“I love everything chinoiserie, to me it goes with everything,” says Gonzalez. Stools are great pieces that do not take up a lot of space. Plus, they can be multi-functional, as extra seating or as a chic side table.
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Get the look.
Distinctively designed, these Kartell Ghost Chairs add a dash of color, coupled with a bright pillow or faux-fur throw for stylish comfort.
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Create a statement wall.
A gallery wall is a simple way to change the look of a room without committing to a new paint job. Gonzalez concentrated his art display (which consists of photos, drawings, and images collected from his travels) above the sofa. The couch was specifically chosen for its comfort factor, as well as its clean lines, which won’t compete with other elements within the room.

As for the coffee table, Gonzalez continued to keep things simple with a sleek option from Crate & Barrel. “It’s clean in design, but embellished with books and objects, adding warmth.”
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Get the look.
Add a little mid-century modern flair to your living room with this gorgeous cocktail table by Kipp Stewart.
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A more affordable option with a streamlined base forged from steel and a smooth white quartz-composite top, the Portica coffee table from Room & Board is the ultimate in simple elegance.
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Less is more (especially in the bedroom).
“I wanted to keep my bedroom simple for the most part,” Gonzalez says. “As the place where we sleep, I think it is important to keep [the space] clutter-free — it promotes peace and clarity.” Furnishings were also specifically chosen with this almost-minimalist spirit in mind. For instance, the low headboard is enough to visually register without taking over the entire wall.
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However, “clean” doesn’t have to be boring. To keep the space interesting, Gonzalez chose a fun element: a weathered zebra-print rug.
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Choose a few clear elements.
Next to Gonzalez’s bed rests a tall Lucite table (found at an antiques store in Hudson, New York) that acts as a nightstand. The clear composition means that the table almost reads as invisible. Gorgeous elements, like a small fur throw and a mid-century inspired Jonathan Adler lamp, add contrast to help further the illusion.
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