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  1. OMG!! was my actual, honest-to-goodness shout when I saw this. Amazing transformation!! I can hardly believe it, it’s so beautiful! Great job!! 😀

    1. Wow! Thanks so much for the kind words!! I think the capacity to transform a space into what makes you feel good is one of the things I most love about decorating… 🙂

  2. This is beautiful, Lory. All of the white was a great idea. Love that you used practical things in a pretty way. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Stacey! In that kind of limited space, you really have to make sure each choice plays many roles… 🙂 Thanks for visiting!!

  3. Lory, it’s beautiful! I love how you brought bits of her room style at home into her new space, while making it a fresh and new beginning for her.

    1. Thanks, Lani! I guess it was kind of natural for there to be some similarities because it’s really driven by her design sense and personality, but definitely needed to be lighter than her room at home. I really enjoy the challenge of NY apartments. It’s kind of becoming a new focus of mine… 😉

  4. Just perfect! Love the segue from home bedroom to her own place…

  5. This is absolutely gorgeous Lory. You have done such a beautiful job. I can’t wait to see the rest of the apartment. Your daughter is blessed to have such a sweet and talented mom.

  6. Rose Marie says:

    I love the femininity of this room. It would be wonderful if you could giving shopping sites for the beautiful furnishings you choose, when possible. Love the unique jewelry holder!

    1. Thank you Rose Marie! I actually do have the links in the post. When you see type in bold, you can click on it and it will take you directly to where you can buy the item. I think maybe I need to move the links to the bottom, so people know to look for them there… 😉 I also wrote this very late last night, so need to add some more sourcing info in. Thanks for the feedback!! (As for the jewelry holder, I’m not sure where my daughter got it, so I sourced a similar one in the post.)

  7. Elizabeth Roderick says:

    So perfect…living in a tiny temp place I am going to love seeing how this all comes together. I bought plastic covered wire (removable) shelves to give me extra shelving in cabinets. Thank you for sharing her lovely new home. This is exciting!

    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! Sounds like you’ve worked out some great solutions, too… 🙂 I think the space challenge is kind of fun to work with!

  8. Lory, you did such a beautiful job with your daughter’s bedroom! The room feels so light and airy, yet very elegant. I am pulling things together for my daughter’s first place and you have given me some things to think about!

    1. Thank you, Shenita! The living room reveal will be a little different because I had to work with both my daughter’s taste, as well as her roommate’s. So that room is a lot darker. Will be interesting to see what people think… 😉

  9. Hi Lory (and daughter)! What a fun and informative post, as always. Since I live in a small 1907 house with SMALL rooms, I’m always interested in seeing how small spaces are decorated. Did I mention my rooms are SMALL? This room looks spacious, sophisticated and very New York! Pat at Bringing French Country Home

    1. Thanks, Pat! One of the good things about small spaces is that it takes less to make an impact. So, embrace those small spaces… 🙂

  10. bobbi duncan says:

    I love before and after decorating , and this one is so bright and pretty…can’t believe it is the same room! Love everything you two selected. When my daughter lived in Manhattan, it was a real challenge to design the rooms in her little apartment, although she faced sunny south and no one blocked her 4th. floor view in her living room, kitchen, and bedroom because of the way the building was designed…a rarity in NYC! But space, especially storage space in her tiny kitchen had us coming up with all sorts of ideas. As her living room entertainment unit was finished on the back, we used it to create a hall entry behind it to get to her kitchen, which blocked any messy counters when she cooked. The entertainment unit was large and had lots of storage spots. A big bookcase on the opposite end of the room held her many books and decorative objects as there wasn’t much in the way of case goods with flat surfaces where one could add décor. Just one loveseat and chair in the living room for seating, but folding director chairs in her walk-in closet for extra guests. The French desk from her old bedroom finished off the living room. A small French table and four cane-back chairs was all that could fit in her dining area, so we put up a big mirror, wall sconces, and art to add charm and brightness. Some area rugs on the beautiful refinished floors and she had her first home. She was so proud of that apartment, and I am so glad to have that memory of us working together on that project.

    1. Wow, Bobbi, it sounds like you came up with some creative solutions! It is fun working on such challenges. It’s one of the things I love most about decorating… 🙂 The best is when the after picture really looks like a different room, isn’t it? And how great is it to join forces with your daughter? We had the best time!!

  11. Lory…did you end up painting the wall behind her bed??? It looks so much yellow-er in the ‘before.’

    1. No, actually the wall color is exactly the same. I think the lighter furniture makes everything look light and the creaminess of it emphasizes that the wall is plain white. It’s amazing how different a space can look without changing anything about the actual floors and walls… 🙂

  12. This is ahhhhhhhMazing, Lory! Oh I know she is going to be so happy here! What girl wouldn’t?

    Blessings from Chippy White Cottage,
    Rebecca

  13. C. Gresham says:

    Lory, My daughter moved to Chicago and had an apartment of less than 200 sq. ft. total! Only one room. She had a dormitory sized fridge and no room for a table and chairs. Improvise was the name of the game. She loved it though, beautiful hardwood floors and old pedestal sink with tile flooring/walls in the bathroom. I know what you mean about not having to worry about privacy, her window also looked out onto a brick wall, just as your daughter’s. Not once during the winter did she use her radiator because the apt. below was kept so hot it kept her apt. temperature so warm she slept with the window open. With only one window, summer heat was tremendous. Fortunately she’s moved to a larger apt. with A/C, lots of windows, and even a dining room. She’s in heaven!

    1. Ha ha, yes, those city apartments can be crazy small, but they do have their charm. Thanks for stopping by and sharing… 🙂

  14. Karen Merritt says:

    Wow! Lory will you adopt me? I’m too old to be your daughter but I could be your mom. She is one lucky girl. It is amazing and beautiful.

  15. Glad to see it was an actual small bedroom. We have an awkward 8×9 ft. Bedroom I’m wanting to turn into a guest room. It has60x48 in windows on one wall and a closet and entry door on the other. It had a smallish daybed in it, but then you couldn’t get into the closet and one wall is awkwardly narrow, 5 ft. Instead of 8 because the hall closet “bumps” into the room. So it’s really enjoyable to see other people’s solutions to tiny rooms. And you made your daughter’s gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

    1. Thank you so much! I actually enjoy the challenge of a small or awkward space. It’s fun to see it transform when it works out… 🙂 What sounds great about your room is that it at least has a nice sized window. I’d have to see the actual layout, but I would try to even out the weird indent by placing furniture where the wall bumps back out (at the widest part), especially if that’s were you can fit the bed.

  16. Cristine Schneider says:

    Ein sehr schönes Zimmer-die Farben sehen sehr gemütlich aus-zum wohlfühlen-toll…

  17. I am curious, what did you do with the radiator?

    1. That’s funny. I’ve been asked that before. It’s still there. It’s just behind the dresser in the photo, so you can’t see it.

  18. Ann Burke says:

    Loved the small dark bedroom makeover ; see Macys has the sanibel collection but not the dresser u chose for the room. I am ordering the bachelor chest. Where could I find the dresser u show in the pix? Many ts for all your creativity

    peace
    Ann

  19. Diane Corsaro says:

    Your sons and daughters apartments are beautiful. I’m enjoying your posts so much. Thanks for sharing all you do
    Diane

  20. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Lory, just love what you have done with the bedroom in your daughter’s first apartment! It’s just gorgeous and I know your daughter just loves it. How nice that you were able to help her!

    I always enjoy your posts! They are so informative and really appreciate how you list the items you use and where they can be purchased. Thanks for always taking the time to do this for your readers! I appreciate you so much!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  21. Nice job. I love the covering the windows so that ugly view is gone. The nightstand with the pullout shelf is so clever.

  22. Wow – gorgeous! I bet your daughter loves it to death! I love all the little details, especially the pull out shelf. It’s all brilliant Lory! ❤️

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