SNL star Cecily Strong had an apartment problem.

Cecily’s NYC rental was so NOT her personality, that it felt more like being in witness protection than being at home.

So Cecily turned to her local west elm’s free Home Stylist, Johanna at our Chelsea store, to transform the studio into a dream space.

Working together, they redesigned the apartment to let Cecily’s true personality and style shine through – dog statues and photo collections, included.

See how they did it!

Cecily Strong's NYC Apartment Transformation

Cecily Strong's NYC Apartment Transformation

“Before it felt like a hospital waiting room to me… Now it just feels like way cooler than I am!” – Cecily Strong

Cecily Strong's NYC Apartment Transformation

Cecily Strong's NYC Apartment Transformation

“Bringing in a solid sofa really helps pillows stand out.” – Johanna, west elm Home Stylist

Cecily Strong's NYC Apartment Transformation

Solid sofa - Cecily Strong's NYC Apartment

“I don’t know, how many crazy things am I allowed to have?” – Cecily Strong

Decorative bust - Cecily Strong's NYC Apartment

Wall art - Cecily Strong's NYC Apartment

“I’m a big braggart about this place now.” – Cecily Strong

Cecily Strong's NYC Apartment Transformation

Cecily Strong's NYC Apartment Transformation

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April 22, 2014

I love those wine racks. Any idea where they’re from?


April 22, 2014

Wine racks are from CB2!

Jessica (Packard) Klein

April 22, 2014

Looks so great!!!!

april borkman

April 22, 2014

Love the Seville posters. My husband and I went there last Spring and brought back a few ourselves!


April 22, 2014

looks great! love her and her new living room! xo jillian – cornflake dreams


April 22, 2014

Do you know where the big “C” is from?

Sara K

April 22, 2014

Where do I find that ledge that holds all the artwork above the sofa??!


April 23, 2014

Hi Sara – That’s west elm’s Metal Picture Ledge!


April 22, 2014

Where are the two ottomans from?


April 23, 2014

I particularly like the corner cabinet that is used as a drinks cabinet, beautiful. I also love the choice of colour on the sofa, the lamps and that stunning table top! Some lovely and some very funky ideas here, that I hope will inspire me to tackle a similar problem in my own home!


April 23, 2014

I like the layered framed prints. Is the ledge they’re on from West Elm or one of its sister stores?


April 25, 2014

Love the “C” against the blue wall. What is the name and brand of the blue paint?


April 26, 2014

Where can I find the ledge holding the prints over the sofa? What a great way to make a collection of smaller prints look bigger and more important!


April 29, 2014

Hi Deb — that’s west elm’s Metal Picture Ledge! There are 2 of them in Cecily’s apartment:


April 27, 2014

I really love the dining table , and gold chairs! Where was this purchased?


April 29, 2014

Hi Cindy — both are from west elm! It’s our Lubna Chowdhary Tiled Dining Table + Curved Leather Chairs.

Another Leslie

April 27, 2014

How about a source for that dining table? It is beautiful!


April 28, 2014

Hi — That is west elm’s Lubna Chowdhary Tiled Dining Table:


April 27, 2014

I love the shelf above the couch…where is it from?


April 29, 2014

Fantastic work!


May 1, 2014

The whole video is adorable and the apartment is really cool! I am really impressed that the stylist pulled it all together to work with the existing paint colors and Cecily’s ‘crazy’ stuff. Love this!


May 3, 2014

I love the piece that’s being use as a bar. Do tell where i might get it?


May 3, 2014

Hi Nadine, that’s west elm’s Tiled Buffet! You can find it in the “Shop The Look” section in the top-right of this post, or by clicking here.


May 3, 2014

where did the rabbit pillow come from? thanks!


May 3, 2014

Where is the chest under the wine racks?


May 3, 2014

Hi, where is the ‘C’ light from? Thanks!


May 3, 2014

Loving the elephant pillow! Where is it from?

Denise Baker

May 3, 2014

I love this transformation. It speaks volumes about small spaces needing bigger bolder pieces. Love your taste in artwork-COLOR- simplicity. Great job; your personality shines.


May 3, 2014

I want this room. Seriously. Wow. Thanks for sharing!


May 3, 2014

The art work behind the sofa is hung too high. It should be about 6″-8″ above sofa. It would tie into room vignette way more.

Brian schoedel

May 3, 2014

Cecily rocks on SNL. After pics looks more like you imagine her personality to be.



May 3, 2014

What’s the teal blue paint color name?

Frida Pancho

May 3, 2014

Absolutely fabulous!!!!
Love West Elm!


May 3, 2014

very nice!


May 4, 2014

The apartment looks as though Cecily has collected cool personal goodies through the years. Nice……
The dog statue, very cute.


May 4, 2014

Absolute beautiful room. It’s inspiring me to start making my house more of a home not just a place we live!


May 4, 2014

Love the transformation of Cecily’s NY apt. It looks so much bigger with the solid colored sofa and strong wooden tables and chairs. I love the piece the television is on! Also, I think Cecily is the centerpiece of her apt (and SNL.) I’m a fan.


May 5, 2014

Love this! she’s awesome and so is that couch

Cecily Strong’s Apartment Couldn’t Be Any More Colorful – The Nest Blog

May 6, 2014

[…] apartment to be just as lively and colorful as her personality is. Thanks to a home makeover from West Elm, she’s now the proud owner of a can’t-miss-it marquee “C” and a chic moose […]

Mary Harding

May 10, 2014

I love the patterned rug in front of the sofa; is it from West Elm? Thank you.

Mary Harding

May 10, 2014

Is the larger neutral rug from West Elm; it looks similar to West Elm’s sweater rug in oatmeal. I am totally furnishing my new townhouse with West Elm, so I know your products very well at this point! Thank you.


May 13, 2014

Hi Mary!

The larger neutral rug is our Jute Chenille Herringbone Rug in Ivory, and the smaller pattern rug is our Sketch Wool Rug in Paprika. That color is sold out right now but you can see all your options here.


May 10, 2014

Fun and free space. I’m glad to hear of the free service and will utilize soon!


May 10, 2014

Not cool that you will not answer the question – “where is the big C from?”


May 13, 2014

Okay everyone, just spoke to Johanna and “the big C mystery” is now officially over!

Here’s what she has to say: “The source is I have used them time and time again and they never disappoint.”


May 13, 2014

Are the prints above the sofa mounted on a ledge? Where can I find one?


May 14, 2014

Hi Carolyn – That’s west elm’s Metal Picture Ledge!


May 19, 2014

To modern looking for me.I like country French.


May 28, 2014

This is AWESOME, is there any way (contest or other) that one can –ahem–sign up to be a Before? Thanks!


July 3, 2014

Love this! What’s the wall color?


July 6, 2014

I like the dog bust.


July 19, 2014

What an eyesore. The entire apartment is giving me anxiety.


July 24, 2014

What a beautiful change…. and it appears so personal. Just wish you were closer in Alabama; we need help too!

Traci sims

August 4, 2014


Tom Gebarowski

August 5, 2014

Not only is Cecily fabulous…
now her NYC apartment is too!
Nice transformation…when can
I come over Cecily?!?
-Tom a fellow Chicagoan


August 6, 2014

I feel the art above the sofa needs to be lowered 6 inches.

Also, if the frames are separate perhaps an inch or so between would look better.

Cullen Curtiss

August 23, 2014

I really need a super comfortable, I’m-gonna-fall-asleep-right-now couch. Which couch is featured?


September 18, 2014

What about the dining table? Where is it from?


March 11, 2015

I love those pictures of Sevilla, where did you get those?


March 29, 2015

Which size Paidge is the couch? Is it the 72.5″ or the 86.5″? Thank you!


November 7, 2016

What color/material is the Paidge sofa in?

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