A NYE Cocktail Party in a 350 sq. ft. Apartment? It’s Possible

How to Host a NYE Party in a Studio Apartment • on @SavvyHome

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I never imagined entertaining in my 350 sq. ft. studio apartment. My sofa is five foot long and squeezed between my bed and my kitchen counter. I can barely turn around without knocking over a wine glass or bumping into a corner of my bed. But last month I finally got to a point where my apartment felt decorated enough. It’s not entirely done (is it ever?), but my studio went from feeling like a work in progress to an actual home. It also happened smack in the middle of Thanksgiving—and my festive spirit was flying high. So I decided to host a holiday party for my co-workers. There’s only four of us on the MyDomaine editorial team in New York, so I figured it was manageable.

It went really well! So well, in fact, that as soon as it was over, I was ready to host my next gig—a Christmas Eve soirée, perhaps? Or a New Years Eve party! Because I’ve learned a thing or two from entertaining in my studio apartment ready—here’s what you need to know when throwing your own studio session.

 

DON’T BITE OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW

How to Host a NYE Party in a Studio Apartment • on @SavvyHome

Keep everything simple: the guest list—keep it under 8, the to-do list, and the menu. I know, you’re probably dreaming of over-the-top oyster platters and croquembouches, but trust me when I say—the simpler, the better. When you have a studio apartment, stick to the items that can be eaten while standing up: small bites, cheeses, crackers, olives, nuts. No one likes carving a turkey with a plate on their knee.

MAKE IT EXTRA COZY

Stock up on fur throws and floor pillows to make everyone comfortable. I’m a fan of the kitchen parties, but there comes a time when everyone’s over eaten and want to lounge around. If you don’t have enough seating for everyone, create it with accent chairs, poufs, floor pillows, or even your bed. On that note: make your bed—and make it well: hotel corners, ironed sheets, fluffed pillows, and all.

USE SERVING TRAYS

When tabletop space is limited, trays are a lifesaver for serving nibbles and drinks. While you may want to arrange a buffet station on your kitchen counter or console table, it’s handy to have the trays to move around the room as needed.

DECORATE WITH FESTIVE FLORALS

How to Host a NYE Party in a Studio Apartment • on @SavvyHome

Set the mood with low lighting, a scented candle, and festive florals. I loved this arrangement I got from The Bouqs—it’s varied, festive, and it smells amazing because of the pine leaves. It’ll make up for the fact that you don’t have a tree, a mantle, a collection of wreaths, or a hundred balloons stuck to your ceiling.

DON’T RUN OUT OF BOOZE

How to Host a NYE Party in a Studio Apartment • on @SavvyHome

This rule comes last, but it should really come first: whatever you do, make sure you have enough booze for everyone. This include (but is not limited to) a welcome cocktail, a signature cocktail mix for the night (with all ingredients and garnishes), beer, wine (red and white), and copious amounts of champagne, because—New Years Eve.

SHOP ENTERTAINING ESSENTIALS

 

Photos: All photos for Savvy Home | Florals by The Bouqs

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! 2015 was the year when I worked my little butt off, and it most certainly paid off! I’m so excited with what 2016 will bring: a big move, my new job, my 30th birthday (eek!). But first, I want to take the time to write down a few resolutions—I worked really hard in 2015 and even surpassed my goals. In 2016, I want to find somewhat of a life balance again: start working-out more (cliché, I know), take the time to cook, do random thoughtful things for my friends and family, and help others in need. All things I neglected while being too focused on work.  Do you make resolutions every year? What are they this year?

A happy, healthy 2016 to you all! Cheers!

Photo: MyDomaine

Design Resolutions: The Plan

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I think we’re all in the same boat this year. We want to try sharing more aspects of our daily lives, thoughts, personal projects, etc. At the same time, this process is not only daunting, it’s also quite time and money consuming, especially for a design blog. Who redecorates every month?

The other day I read an article in the Wall Street Journal in which designers shared their design resolutions for 2013. Since my apartment really still needs a lot of work and I’ve decided to renew the lease for another year (while I search for that perfect place to buy), I’ve decided to come up with design resolutions of my own. I’m hoping to tackle one project a month and document the process, time and budget permitting.

Above is a sneak peek of my living room you may have seen on Instagram recently (excuse the iPhone quality and lack of styling). I’ve managed to make my place cozy, but it’s definitely far from finished! Since this is a rental and my budget is tight, I’ll have to get creative! Here is my list of design resolutions for 2013:

January: Get new pillows and a throw for the sofa (starting with the easy stuff)
February: Find the perfect bedroom dresser
March: Start ginger jar collection
April: Revamp already purchased second hand furniture
May: Purchase a new chair for the office
June: Hang remaining art and gallery wall
July: Update bedding
August: Switch bedroom and office around (this is going to be annoying)
September: Update lampshades and find a perfect pair of lamps for behind the sofa
October: Reupholster grandma’s two seater sofa
November: Update all curtains and shades (it needs it, bad!)
December: Replace coffee table

What are your decor resolutions for 2013?

Wish me luck!