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.

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6 Best New Cookbooks to Get you Back in the Kitchen this Fall

Fall 2015's 6 Best New Cookbooks

These titles will give you the cooking bug again, guaranteed.

If you follow me on Snapchat (@SavvyHome) or Instagram, you may have seen me wandering around my favorite Montreal cookbook store a few weekends ago. I was initially there to find a gift for a friend, but I was blown away by how many incredibly cool new cookbooks just came out this Fall.

Here’s a round-up of my best new cookbooks to try this Fall… Buy one for yourself, or check off the foodies on your Christmas list early! These titles are guaranteed to bring you back into the kitchen for long evenings of wine, cooking and fun with friends.

 

Hartwood

Tulum’s most talked about restaurant Hartwood just came out with a cookbook. I’m so eager to check out this restaurant when I’m in Mexico next year, but in the meantime I can at least try my hand at the recipes that made them world-famous.

 

The Nomad Cookbook

Anyone who’s ever had NoMad‘s chicken pot pie can attest that this new book is a must-have for innovative yet simple, hearty cooking. Test your culinary skills against one of New York City’s best restaurant.

 

The Mission Chinese Cookbook

During Canadian Thanksgiving this year, my niece and uncle treated the whole family to a traditional cooking Chinese feast. Neither of them are Asian, but my uncle lived in Shanghai years ago, and my niece recently did a student exchange in Hong Kong. Their passion for cooking Asian food is contagious, so I want to learn more with The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook.

 

Montreal Cooks

I couldn’t make this list without leaving out Montreal Cooks, a Montreal cookbook, written by the owner of the above-mentioned cookbook store, Appetite for Books. It features 80 recipes from 40 of Montreal’s most talented chefs and let me tell ya, this city is full of them!

 

Nopi

It’s no secret around here that Yotam Ottolenghi is one of my favorite chefs, so you can bet that his new book Nopi will make its way into my kitchen stat. I hope it features a new variation on his delicious stuffed eggplants.

 

The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual

Because every dinner party is better with a good drink, venture in the world of craft cocktails with the purveyors of the World’s Best Cocktail Bar The Dead Rabbit. Your guests will be very impressed.

 

Photo: Hilary Robertson, interior design by Ali Cayne.

Best Desked: Refresh your At-Home Workspace

15 Best Desks for your Home Office • on @SavvyHome

 

The 15 best desks to help you get back into work mode

 

In just a week, we’ll be kicking our butts into high gear and getting back in to the swing of post-labor-day things. No more playing hooky on Friday afternoons, no more long lunches, no more extended weekends—back-to-school also means back-to-work and bye bye summer vacays.

How to cope with the fact that those beloved summer days are over? Well for starters, it’s been proven that working from home once in a while can be not only healthy, but also more effective. So negotiate a few flexible work hours with your boss, and revamp your at-home workspace with one of the best desks on the market. Here’s 15 options in all sizes and for all budgets to help you get started.

 

Photography via Jenni Kayne.

Headboard or No Headboard?

Amber Interiors • Headboards Alternatives on @SavvyHome

When it comes to bedroom walls, I generally adopt the maximalist mentality (think four-poster bed frame plus large art). No decor pet-peeve grinds my gears quite as hard as a big white empty bedroom wall. But if you’re decorating your first home and working with a basic bed frame, or you’re putting finishing touches on a guest bedroom with no headboard, there are thankfully a ton of alternatives to spice up a large white wall.

I recently wrote a piece on headboard alternatives for Martha Stewart with the help of the talented Amber Lewis. From hanging textiles to mirror clusters, read on for some clever budget-friendly tricks. Or if you’re more of a traditionalist, shop a few of my favorite headboards below!

 

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Photography Amber Interiors.