15 Budget Pieces Fit for Small Space Living

5 Tricks for Small Space Living on @SavvyHome

When I moved into my new place, I knew I needed to rethink my layout to optimize my small 515 sq. ft. apartment. After decorating my own space as well as the tiny spaces clients in big cities like NYC, small space living has no more secrets for me. Here are some tricks and great pieces to adopt in your own small space.



Pick slipper chairs or ones with skinny arms that take up less space than bulkier club chairs. Consider sofa alternatives like daybeds (that can double as a guest bed!) or settees which take up less space. Small stools and floor cushions are also great for extra seating and can easily be stowed away or stacked when not in use.


Sconces can replace table lamps (especially in the bedroom) and don’t take up precious table space. The same goes for floor lamps which can be squeezed behind a chair for reading light. Some pendants can make a statement in the room without taking any floor space. Reflecting light onto mirrored surfaces can also make a space appear larger.


Keep the color palette to a minimum in a small space. Of course you can use color, but stick to one or two tones maximum in different shades. And always add a touch of black. Patterns and textures like flokati or seagrass are great for creating a layering effect without feeling like you’re walking into a box of Crayola.


This may seem counter-intuitive, but don’t be tempted to buy “apartment-size” everything. A lot of tiny furniture will make the room seem smaller, whereas a few bigger pieces will make the room appear bigger (and they hold more stuff! Win-win). Of course, always measure twice to make sure everything fits, but go as big as you can. For example, it your bedroom is larger than it is long, use small chests as bedside tables. Use occasional tables that have 2-tiers or shelving.

Defining space

While some may think that canopy beds are too bulky for a small space, they’re great, especially in studios where the frame of the bed can visually separate the sleeping area from the living/dining space. Don’t be tempted to buy the smallest rugs. Making sure that all your furniture fits onto the rug will make a room feel larger. It’s also a great way to defining different “rooms” in a studio space.

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Photo Robert McKinley

My Bedroom and A Love Letter to My Tuft & Needle Mattress

Gabrielle Savoie's Bedroom • Tuft & Neeedle Mattress Review on @SavvyHome








When I moved into my apartment, the first thing I tackled was my bedroom. This was my first experience at living in a high rise building and I wanted to create a cozy but clean hotel room feel. I knew I wanted to upgrade to a queen bed and the move seemed like the perfect excuse! I fell head over heels for this four poster bed from West Elm (FYI—it’s still 50-60% off!) because it reminded me of my stay at the Ludlow Hotel. I bought it sight unseen and had it delivered on move-in day.

Upgrading to a queen meant that I also needed a new mattress—something I absolutely HATE shopping for. So when Tuft & Needle offered to send me one of their mattress to try, I couldn’t say no. Worst case scenario, I’d just get a new one, right? The mattress arrived in a tiny vacuum-sealed box, and I’m still hating myself for not filming what happened next. Within minutes of cutting through the plastic wrapping, it had unfolded and expanded perfectly into place.

I won’t lie, I take my sleep very seriously and I was a little skeptical at how comfortable a vacuum-sealed mattress would be. I’ve been sleeping on it for about 5 months now, and I can honestly say that it’s the most comfortable mattress I’ve owned (even more so than the memory foam mattress I previously purchased for 6x the price)!

I will say this though: as much as I love the feeling of sinking deep into a mattress before dozing off, softer mattresses personally give my back pain after a few days, so I need a firm mattress, and this one is definitely very firm. It has amazing support, but if you don’t like the feeling of a firm mattress you might not like this one. I got a super fluffy duvet cover and pillows to maintain that soft hotel bed feel and it’s worked perfectly for me.



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West Elm Tabitha Bed | Tuft & Needle Mattress c/o | Matouk Dashiell Duvet and Shams | West Elm Quilt (sold out, similar) | West Elm Mongolian Lamb Pillow  c/o | Schoolhouse Electric Isaac Plug-In Sconces | Bailey Bedside table | Astier de Villatte Candle | West Elm Modern Weave Underbed Storage Baskets c/o

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored, but I was generously gifted a Tuft & Needle mattress to try. All opinions are my own.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Every Type of Dad

J. McLaughlin Father's Day Gift Ideas for Every Type of Dad on @SavvyHome


“what to get dad this year” is the question on everyone’s lips these days… Here are a few Father’s Day gift ideas to get your gears turning.


Father's Day Gift Ideas for Every Type of Dad on @SavvyHome


Your dad wore a fanny pack un-ironically well into the 2000s. He’s gotten more sophisticated since, but chances he’s currently planning another family trip: sailing the Turkish coast? Or maybe renting a summer house in Nantucket? You dad likes to get away from the daily grind, and it always seems to involve a beach and/or a boat.

Ferryman Elastic Briaded Belt | Sailcloth Pouch | Gibson Shark Embroidered Swim Trunk | Sailboat Socks


Your dad appreciates the finer things in life… A bottle of 19-year Glenfiddich perhaps, or a vintage Hermes tie. Like a modern Frank Sinatra (minus the rat pack), your well-groomed dad is always the life of the party. You can usually find him entertaining whoever will listen on the latest and greatest news of the world.

Italian Linen Garden Party Bow Tie | Clinton Trim Flower Button Down | The Bond Shirt | West End Trim Medallion Button Down


From fly fishing to rock climbing, your dad is the outdoorsy type. At family gatherings, he’s the one telling tales of near-death expeditions in Alaska. Chances are you got one too many mosquito bite from one of the many family camping trips you went on as a child. One thing’s for sure, life with him is never boring.

Marled Socks in Stripes | Carraway Duffle Bag | Dylan Belt | Stitched Windowpane Pocket Square


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3 Memorable Mother’s Day Ideas

Mother's Day Ideas: Gifts She'll Remember • via @SavvyHome


Brunch (like Paris) is always a good idea. But in case you’re looking for an extra special way to treat your mom this year, here are a few alternatives.


Mother's Day Ideas: Gifts She'll Remember • via @SavvyHome


Gifts are nice (“and always welcomed” my mom would say) but the best ones are accompanied by a fun activity or thoughtful gesture. After all, every holiday on the calendar year is really just an excuse to spend quality time with the ones you love—and my mom just happens to be at the top of that list. I know I’m sounding like a total cheese ball at this point, but I don’t care.

We have a long tradition of Mother’s Day brunch in my family, but it’s always nice to shake things up a bit… Here are a few brunch alternatives to treat your mom this year.



Grab your picnic baskets, blankets and a bottle of rosé and go have a picnic in the park, on the beach or wherever. After all, Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to start soaking those rays of sunlight.

Wicker Crossbody Bag | Panama Hat



Take her out on the ocean, on a lake or a river… If your mom loves being on the water as much as mine does, she’ll be delighted. Go sailing, take a sunset cruise or take a row boat out on a lake. In Montreal, we have a spa on a boat in the Saint-Lawrence river called Bota Bota. It’s a winner.

Newport Silk Scarf | Sailor Tote | Toggle Rope Belt



You know that hotel in your own city that you’ve been dying to try? Invite your mom for a staycation and indulge in massages, breakfast in bed and the luxury of doing absolutely nothing.

Foulard Zig Zag Wool Scarf | Provence Straw Satchel


Want to get your mom a little something special to go with your Mother’s Day activity? Shop J.McLaughlin’s Exclusive Sale to receive 25% off all full priced orders from April 30 – May 3. PLUS receive an additional 5% off with promo code JMCLSAVVY.

More Mother’s Day Ideas on Pinterest!

Images via Lonny, J.McLaughlin, Kara Rosenlund and Domaine.

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