Perks of having a professional organizer as a BFF? Having somebody to help make your first apartment feel like home, for one! “I helped my client (and friend!) Lisa move into this apartment in January,” says Josie Floyd, a Brooklyn-based professional organizer. The apartment in question, a 700-square-foot one-bedroom in Prospect Heights has stunning prewar details, amazing light, and the distinction of being Lisa’s first ever apartment on her own. Naturally, the pressure was high. “[Lisa] had limited furniture and no overall design or style aesthetic in mind,” Josie continues, “but knew she wanted to create an inviting, ‘grown up’ space that she’d actually want to spend time in.” The two friends worked side-by-side on the project, with Josie providing guidance on layout, furnishings, and—of course—organization! Take a closer look at how they took this space from unrealized potential to #ApartmentGoals!

Photography by Dave Katz

BEFORE

west elm - A First Apartment in Brooklyn Gets Transformed

AFTER

west elm - A First Apartment in Brooklyn Gets Transformed

west elm - A First Apartment in Brooklyn Gets Transformed

Josie added some personality to Lisa’s wall by creating a gallery of framed art. Want to learn how to create your own gallery wall? Check out our video here!

west elm - A First Apartment in Brooklyn Gets Transformed

PRO TIP: A glass-shelved coffee table like our Terrace Coffee Table helps keep things organized + in plain sight for easy access.

west elm - A First Apartment in Brooklyn Gets Transformed

west elm - A First Apartment in Brooklyn Gets Transformed

PRO TIP: A tiny nook like a bay window can be transformed into a dining space by using a bistro table with a small footprint. Shop

west elm - A First Apartment in Brooklyn Gets Transformed

west elm - A First Apartment in Brooklyn Gets Transformed

west elm - A First Apartment in Brooklyn Gets Transformed

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Jen

July 1, 2017

what is the paint color used for the after images

Cat

July 20, 2017

I don’t think the paint changed at all from before to after–lighting makes that big a difference (that and cleaned windows). If I had to guess, I’d call it an ivory, vanilla, or linen. (https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/find-your-color/color-families/whi/white?source=%2Fen-us%2Fcolor-overview%2Ffind-your-color%2Fcolor-families)

I was just glad to see she kept a couple of her original pieces, like the drinks cart and the amber-glass lamp.

kD

July 25, 2017

This is not a small apartment! Beautiful but not small. I’d love to see a tiny BK apartment on here (: <3

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