How to Decorate a Rental Studio in 6 Weeks—One Room Challenge: Week 1

One Room Challenge Spring 2016: Week 1


Dear future me,

Have we finally learned not to take on too much at once? Do we live in a fabulous studio in New York City? If you’ve answered yes to both those questions, it means the One Room Challenge was a success!

If you follow Savvy Home, you already know that I moved to New York City last week—and the only thing that is currently different in my new studio apartment from the “before” pictures above, is that my furniture and boxes got delivered from Montreal a few days ago—minus my beloved marble bistro table—which got spectacularly smashed in the move. SO this One Room Struggle is REAL you guys. And yes, I know, I move too much. Sue me.

For those who don’t know me yet: hi, welcome! I’m Gabrielle, founder and (sometimes) blogger at Savvy Home. In my daytime life, I also work as a home décor/market editor for MyDomaine. I am a aspiring cocktail reviewer, food enthusiast, wannabe tennis pro (“wannabe” being the key word here), home stylist, competitive domino player, and serial wanderluster.

So thus far there is no plan (other than a plan of attack I wrote for MyDomaine, as a sort of cathartic way to make me feel better about not having a plan). At least you know where to go if you need a game plan for your own makeover. BUT—I’ve been known to tackle great projects under pressure, and this is not my first rodeo, so let’s do this!


One Room Challenge Spring 2016: Week 1

One Room Challenge Spring 2016: Week 1


This time around, we’re taking the One Room Challenge quite literally, because my new living quarters consist of exactly that: one room. Plus a really average bathroom, which I’ll spare you. Welcome to New York City! The good news is: my studio is clean, it’s renovated, it’s in a great area, and it gets a ton of really beautiful natural light. And if I ever decide to move out of this city, and buy a three-bedroom house literally anywhere else in the country, my mortgage will be half the cost of my current rent—so that’ll be a piece of cake.

Shall we look at some inspiration?

Essentially, I’m going for a look that’s both minimal and textured, monochrome and cheerful, old and new. Let’s make this Union Square studio look like a five-star hotel guest room, shall we? Follow along each Wednesday!


One Room Challenge Spring 2016: Week 1

One Room Challenge Spring 2016: Week 1

One Room Challenge Spring 2016: Week 1

Of course, I’m not alone participating, so follow along everyone’s progress below. The group is seriously SO talented this round, I can’t wait to see some of these reveals!



Claire Brody | The Curated House | Design Manifest | Driven by Decor | Honey We’re Home | Hunted Interior | The Makerista  | Making it Lovely | My Sweet Savannah | Pencil and Paper Co. | The Pink Clutch | Savvy Home | Simplified Bee | Sketch 42 | Jill Sorensen | Orlando Soria | Thou Swell | The Vault Files | Waiting on Martha | The Zhush | Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH


Photos: JJ Locations | Felix ForestPia Ulin, design by Joseph Dirant



The Best Home Décor Etsy Shops Around

LucentLightShop Allium Chandelier


Remember when I rounded up the best home décor Etsy shops? You guys enjoyed the post so much, I’m bringing it back for a second round of Etsy favorites!

Read the first instalment of Etsy discoveries here.




This shop is tugging at my heartstrings, because their rugs are just too quirky and cute. RugbyGur features handmade rugs designed by a variety of artists and using traditional materials and techniques from Portugal.



PickedHome is basically a stylist’s dream. It’s filled with vintage accessories of all shapes and sizes, perfect for filling up that bookcase, styling a mantel or stocking those open shelves in the kitchen.



PhotonicStudio is a handmade industrial and modern lighting shop based in LA. You’ll find original designs and reproductions at great prices! If you’re feeling crafty, some lights come in an easy to assemble DIY kit.



For all things Moroccan, head to Antevasins. The shop is a treasure trove of pom pom blankets, copper trays, Beni Ourain rugs, and vintage poufs. Based in Los Angeles, imported from Morocco.



If you’re in search of great brass statement lighting at an affordable price, Lucent Lightshop is the place for you. The customization options are practically endless, so let your imagination run wild!



Looking for worldly textiles? Gypsya‘s got your back. From handmade blankets to pillows, Moroccan rugs, kilims and more—there’s a little something for everyone who wants to add a dash of boho chic to their space.


Photo: Courtesy of LucentLightShop.

August Moodboard: Summer Mode

August Moodboard: Summer Mode • on @SavvyHome

It’s been too long since I shared a monthly moodboard, but this week I felt particularly inspired. Things are in full-blown summer mode around here (despite the fact that I’m not traveling, I’m not on vacation and I’m working a ton). Since I can’t take the time off for a real vacation, the best I can do is  take days off here and there for weekend escapes and trust me, I’m taking full advantage of those. All I need in the summer are some ocean waves and a few rays of sunshine.

Bohemian, modern, nautical: this is how I would describe my style in three words if someone asked. Everything I’m pinning these days is black, white or any shade between azure blue and forest green. The vibe is Montauk beach house meets Coqui Coqui meets the Croatian Coast. Can you tell I’ve got travel on the brain?

I’m already starting to plan my winter trips (because one needs to escape the freezing tundra that has become the northeast). 2016 will be my winter of the three M’s: Miami, Mexico and Martinique. I’m spending Christmas in Florida again this year (with a few days in Miami to explore and see friends); then in February I’m off to Cancun and Tulum for a wedding… Finally in March we’re planning a big family bash in Martinique. So I’m staying put until then (and by staying put, I mean I’ll probably be in NYC or Montauk every other weekend until Christmas).



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7 Ideas for Getting Through Winter

7 Ideas to get you through the rest of winter • @SavvyHome

There was an article on The New Potato this morning that starts like this: “So help us, if one more flake falls, if one more sweater pills because of ridiculous overuse (seriously, looking at our white cable knits that were so fresh and so clean at the start of the season is starting to make us physically ill), or if one more person hits us with their umbrella again…we’re moving. It can be anywhere along the equator, a place called Sticksville, as long as it’s 70 degrees fahrenheit or higher; we don’t care. Forget all our ambitions: We’re cold as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore. “

Sound familiar? I picked up a friend to go to dinner the other night during yet another snowstorm and as soon as she got in the car, I lost it: a full-blown rant about how I really can’t deal with this weather any longer! My skin is beyond-repair dry, my vitamin D levels are at an all-time low, I can bear to look at my winter clothes for another second. I am done. Good news: daylight savings is this weekend! So technically we can all start Spring cleaning and updating our wardrobes, because before we know it, it’ll be Memorial Day weekend.


1. Sprinkle in a few new arrivals into your wardrobe like lighter jackets and sexy heels2. Seriously kickstart your skincare routine with water replenishing masks, skin relief serums and intense antiaging treatment3. Enough with boots! Sandals, flats, heels, get your feet ready for summer! 4. Nothing says Spring like fresh greenery. Pot a few of your favorite plants to refresh your home. 5. Spring clean! Use these great tips (and amazing products) and throw away, dust, scrub and air out. Your home will feel brand new. 6. It’s never too early to add a few summer essentials to your wardrobe. Plus, if you’re going away, you’ll get to use them sooner rather than later! 7. Organize: clean out your closets, invest in baskets or even organize your keychain. Mine needs some serious editing.


Images via Dungan Nequette Architects | KoralTessa Neustadt