Take a tour around a bijou New York apartment

See inside a real home for the latest decorating ideas. We show you around a small New York apartment, which makes the most of small loft-living. See more real homes at housetohome.co.uk

A crackling fire is the last thing you'd expect to see in a chic city apartment but even in a small living room it works and gives the eclectic room a cosy feel.

living room with fireplace and white walls

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Mikkel Vang)

See Platonic Fireplaces for a good range of modern fires
Check out Tann Rokka for a selection of Asian-style home accessories and furnishing

room with open book shelf

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Mikkel Vang)

When space is at a premium you have to use as much as the wall space as you can, and do it cleverly. Here, the owner has made clear perspex floor-to-ceiling shelves to display her books. The fact that the shelves are transparent means more light and more of the wall is seen, so the shelves don't look too dense.

Try Muji for great perspex storage
Ikea has a very similar floor light

dining area with wooden table and chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Mikkel Vang)

The apartment doesn't feel claustrophobic - especially in the dining room - despite being small and having a mixture of furniture and furnishings from around the world and from all decades. The secret to this is because the owner has chosen just a few pieces in complementry colours and finishes. A 1950s oval dining table sits happily with an Arco-style lamp, a modern monochrome print and unusual cinema chairs.

Find reclaimed cinema chairs at Salvo.co.uk
Heal's have similar Arco-style lamps
Rose & Grey have a line of 50s-style oval dining tables

kitchen with sink unit

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Mikkel Vang)

Having worked as a professional chef, the owner knew exactly what she wanted and how to organise a truly functional kitchen but with a dash of fun. Orniments from around the walls mingle with ingredients on the recessed stainless steel shelves.

Cavendish Equipment have a huge range of stainless steel kitchen furniture

bathroom with mosaic tiles

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Mikkel Vang)

Lux bathing doesn't need acres of space. The owner turned this little shower room into a soothing Roman bathroom by commissioning the builder to create a tub and then cover the walls, floor and tub in mosaic tiles.

Visit The Mosaic Company for a wide range of mosaic tiles

living room with white walls and sofa

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Mikkel Vang)

Like a secret room the bed sits raised up on a mezzanine level and in a large alcove tucked behind rustic, Oriental metal and glass cabinets. To make the most of the snug space there is more storage under the bed.

Store have loads of great space-saving storage ideas
Hunt out vintage metal cabinets from Castle Gibson

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.