Anthony’s 175-sq-ft living room is guaranteed proof that your tiny apartment can still feel big and beautiful!

Anthony is the founder of Zio & Sons, one of our favorite local styling agencies. When we saw how they turned his cramped East Village space into a comfy living room/dining room/office, we asked them to spill all their professional secrets.

Read on to see Zio & Sons’ transformation and 6 powerful tips for maximizing your small space with style.

Tiny Living Room Transformation in NYC | west elm

Tiny Living Room Transformation in NYC | west elm

1. Start clean + white.

An all-white room will make your space feel brighter and bigger than it really is. Zio & Sons went the extra mile and pickled Anthony’s floors white for a cozy Scandinavian vibe.

Wall Art - Tiny Living Room Transformation in NYC | west elm

Tiny Living Room Transformation in NYC | west elm

2. Add a huge mirror.

The oversized vintage mirror creates an illusion of higher ceilings and opens up the room. Using your wall space to its full potential is key!

Tiny Living Room Transformation in NYC | west elm

Small Space Desk - Tiny Living Room Transformation in NYC | west elm

3. Think vintage.

Hit the flea markets, and maybe you’ll be lucky as Anthony. His vintage folding farmhouse table is amazing – hard to believe it pulls-out and opens-up to seat six people.

Drop Leaf Tabe - Tiny Living Room Transformation in NYC | west elm

4. Little shelves add valuable surface space.

Coffee tables + consoles with extra shelves will double your surface space for storage + display. Zio & Sons picked an extra narrow console for Anthony’s entryway, but its still plenty big enough for dropping keys + sunglasses.

Tiny Living Room Transformation in NYC | west elm

5. Look for nooks.

Anthony’s coffee table tucks nicely under his wall unit, so he can push it against the wall and clear some space for yoga in the mornings.

Tiny Living Room Transformation in NYC | west elm

6. Prioritize comfort.

Comfort was a priority for Anthony, so Zio & Sons transformed the entire back wall of his living room into a space for lounging. The big sofa in a small space seems counterintuitive, but here it works!

Tufted Sofa - Tiny Living Room Transformation in NYC | west elm

Featured: Reeve Console // Industrial Task Lamp // Dane Dining Chair // Reeve Rectangular Coffee Table // Honeycomb Linework Vase // Amy Merrick Vases // Sofa // Bubble Knit Pillows // Wall Unit // Rustic Acacia Console

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Anthony of Zio & Sons

Anthony D’Argenzio is the founder of Zio & Sons, a NYC creative collective that specializes in styling and interior design. You can follow him on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.

Apartment photos by Marili Forastieri, profile photo by Sara Kerens

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Marili Forastieri

March 3, 2015

It was inspiring to photograph Anthony’s apartment. Small yet comfortable . Everything has a place and the mix of modern and vintage is perfect . Great eye Anthony !

maureen geralyn schultz

March 3, 2015

this is so inspiring I love the mixture of styles, textures .
The furniture and art stand out so much with the white background, it feels open but not cold.
I want to live there…..

Christine Gatti

March 3, 2015

I love the look of this small space. The hat is a great touch! It reminds me of my Nonno! Great work…

The Kentucky Gent

March 3, 2015

All the white + light in this apartment is beyond stunning.

Time to add a mirror to my small space!

Josh – The Kentucky Gent

Zio & Sons

March 4, 2015

Thanks West Elm! Such a lovely feature and project to work on.


March 4, 2015

This wall is magnificent! And the tiny work space looks really cute!


March 4, 2015

This is gorgeous! He did such a great job styling this space!


March 5, 2015

When can I move in?

Pam Bergner

March 6, 2015

Love what you did. Tk u for sharing


March 6, 2015

I wish I can have this skills to do the same in my house that is a mess right now 🙁

robin sainz

March 6, 2015



March 15, 2015

Gorgeous! May I ask where you sleep?


March 21, 2015

Does anyone know where that modern fold-out secretary desk is from? I’ve been searching high and low for just that piece in my tiny NYC apartment!


March 24, 2015

Cozy and very inviting ♡


May 1, 2015

Cheerful & comfortable. Love the funky original art. The couch does look inviting, but I think I would have gone with a lighter shade as the room is so narrow. Where are all the chairs that go with the table? I have an equally small living room with 2 doorways and 2 closet doors. It ain’t easy!

Alice Pereira

June 23, 2015

fantastic! I loved everything in this super stylish apartment. perfect!


November 27, 2015

Lovely room! Where is the desk from? It is exactly what I need for my tiny living room/office.

victoria mcmullen

January 2, 2016

Beautiful home. Question, where did you find that secretary-type of desk? I love it! Thank you.

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