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How to Pick a Dresser for a Studio Apartment

Gabrielle Savoie's NYC Apartment on @SavvyHome

This week I got a new dresser and my NYC apartment is finally starting to feel like home. I’ve been busy trying to declutter, enjoy my summer, and get acquainted with this beautiful city. The truth is, I haven’t spent much time in my apartment—and by not much time, I mean I’ve used it as sleeping quarters more than anything else. But I do have a lot of stuff, so my number one priority was to get a dresser that would accommodate a lot of things—not just clothing, but also paperwork, beauty essentials, etc. My studio apartment is small—and I only have one (modest size) closet. The rest of my stuff is stored under my bed and into unused kitchen cupboards. I haven’t reached Carrie Bradshaw status yet by actually storing clothes in my oven—I do like to cook—but I do see the appeal.

So how does one go about choosing a dresser for a tiny space? For me, it was all about versatility. I loved the fact that this Blu Dot TV stand had both drawers and doors. I also loved the fact that the mesh door are perfect for storing electronics, should I choose to get a TV. Of course, the length fit perfectly in the space. To maximize storage inside, I studied the Marie Kondo folding technique. By folding properly and placing each category of clothing into its own boxed container, I was able to fit so much into the drawers. It also forced me to get rid of a lot of things I realistically didn’t need. So how do you pick your ideal dresser?


Consider the size

Make sure the size is as big as you need, while still fitting comfortably into the space: height, width, and depth. And always measure the clearance angles needed to get into your apartment for delivery.

Organize it before shopping

It helps to know precisely what needs to fit in your dresser before shopping for it—that way you know exactly how much storage you’ll need. Similarly, Marie Kondo recommends decluttering before shopping for storage.

Plan its use

Do you only need it to store clothes, or would you benefit from storage for paperwork and other items? Do you need jewelry drawers? Do you want an option that has built-in chargers (yes, it exists)! Consider your  various uses of the dresser, and shop for multifunctional options.

Love its style

It may seem obvious, but pick a dresser you love, and that will fit with the rest of your space. By that, I don’t mean pick an item from a set, but rather consider its shape, finish, and hardware. Do you love classic shapes? Tapered legs? Do you want it to stand out or blend in? In my case, I wanted the piece to blend into my white space, while still making a statement in its form. I loved the legs, the perforated door details, and the brass hardware. Notice that my bed right beside it is a completely different style black four poster frame—the clean lines of both pieces and the accents around it make them work together seamlessly.



Gab Loves: Roman Holiday

Gab Loves: Roman Holiday on @SavvyHome

This MDS Stripes top got me dreaming of a Roman holiday. The type that Hiddleswift takes, or the one you dream of à la Talented Mr. Ripley (minus the murders). Red has never been my go-to color. The last time I had a crush on the color red was around Christmas three years ago. But about a month ago on Memorial Day, my friend Amy wore a bright apple red off-the-shoulder puff sleeves top with crisp white jeans, and I was sold. Mixed with simple lines, soft stripes and blush pink tones, a harsh red becomes a beautiful bright accent. Now excuse me white I pack my Marais mules and Bolero for my Roman holiday.



CB2 Suncircle Wall Hanging ($169) | Clare V. Flat Clutch ($215) | CB2 Field Days Pillow ($30) | CB2 Loki Blush Leather Pillow ($90) | De Vecchi Milano Leather-Wrapper Pelle Candelabra ($898) | Rodin Tough Tomato Lipstick ($38) | Solid and Striped Morgan Triangle Bikini ($160) | Janessa Leone Calla Bolero Hat ($181) | Vifa Helsinki Portable Bluetooth Speaker ($449) | MDS Stripes Multi Stripe Everything Top ($275) | Hedgehouse Sur La Mer Throw Bed ($375) | & Other Stories Side Tie Wrap Dress ($95) | Palecek Woven Rattan Black & White Hourglass Stool (p.o.r.) | Marais USA Jane Mule ($235) | Poolside Hot Sauce In My Bag Panier Tote ($175)

The Prettiest Villa to Rent With Friends In St. Barts

St. Bart's Rental — Villa Palmier

Puppy not included.

Picture this: waking up to linen curtains flowing, palms swaying, and waves crashing—the smell of fresh croissants and coffee. Welcome to St. Barts where island charm meets French flair. Take just a few steps, and dip your toes in the clear turquoise pool. Villa Palmier is nestled in the St. Bart’s hills, with towering views over the red tin roofs and sailboats below. Take just a few steps more and find yourself at the local boulangerie, or buying freshly caught fish right at the source.

The house, owned by Matt and Kate Holstein, an Aspen couple who fell in love with the island at first sight, is meticulously designed to suit a laid-back yet refined lifestyle: kilim rugs, linen sofas, woven pendants. “With a passion for both the ocean and French culture, St. Barts stole our hearts. We believe in a curated home, where every part of the house has a story, a purpose and aesthetic appeal. We are passionate about timeless, simple, elegant design, and spaces that cultivate a sense of well being.”

I couldn’t think of a better place to getaway with a few friends than Villa Palmier in St. Barts. A place where you can at once read a book in the hammock swaying over the pool, play dominoes, drink rosé, and have a dance party in the living. And the cooking—that’s easy: between the abundance of French delicacies, and the gorgeous Lacanche range, there’s lots to be inspired about.


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St. Bart's Rental — Villa Palmier

St. Bart's Rental — Villa Palmier

St. Bart's Rental — Villa Palmier

St. Bart's Rental — Villa Palmier

St. Bart's Rental — Villa Palmier

St. Bart's Rental — Villa Palmier

St. Bart's Rental — Villa Palmier

St. Bart's Rental — Villa Palmier

Photos: Kate Holstein

Fourth of July Sales You can Still Shop Today

Fourth of July Sales 2016

I don’t know about you, but I always miss the Fourth of July sales because I’m usually too busy being at the beach, by the pool, eating hamburgers or watching fireworks. Some brands must have felt my despair, because they extended their sales a few more days. Here are the best Fourth of July sales you can still shop today! Act quick before they’re gone.

Serena & Lily extended their Love your Home event. Save up to 25% with the code SUMMERBREAK.

Lulu & Georgia is having their Warehouse Sale with discounts up to 75% off!

Get 40% off summer styles at J.Crew with the code COOLSTYLES.

Pottery Barn also extended their sale. Save up to 25% with the code SAVEMORE.

Design Within Reach is having a Midsummer Sale. Save up to 60%!

Get up to 70% off on The Dreslyn.

Save up to 30% on Horchow.


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