This NYC Studio Makes Small Space Living Beautiful | Sweet Digs | Refinery29

Hey, I’m Alyssa Coscarelli, and these are
my Sweet Digs. Subscribe below before I let you in. I hope you brought a snack because I do not
cook at all. I live in a junior one bedroom in the East
Village, and I pay $2000 a month in rent. I don’t have laundry, I don’t have an
elevator, I’m on the fourth floor of a walk up building. I’m really paying for the location, and
for the fact that I live alone, and it’s blissful. I love the East Village, it’s one of my
favorite neighborhoods in all of New York City. It’s packed with culture and restaurants. Overall it just has a certain New York charm to it. Here we are in my kitchen area. It’s definitely more of a kitchenette. But it’s totally fine because the truth
is I do not cook at all, I have not used this little stove one time, as embarrassing as that is. I totally survive on take-out, and other little
groceries and snacks. My favorite take-out spot is Sugar Fish. I order sushi probably, at least once a week. Since the stove doesn’t get much use, I
have this drying rack here, that I can place my dishes on to dry. And I also have a little trey, just for knick
knacks and keys, and I can put my drink down here if I need to. So it’s kinda just a little catch-all area. Really all that’s in my fridge is just some
kombucha, some water, wine, and beer, and I actually keep my cereals in here, weirdly enough. I like to keep my cereal in the fridge because
I don’t have a pantry, number one. And number two I just feel like it better
protects against cockroaches and mice, that I’m terrified of. This fridge takes up so much room, I’ve
actually considered seeing if my building management will remove it so that I could
downsize to a mini-fridge. What do you guys think? Should I toss it? Should I downsize? Let me know what you think in the comments below. Walking over here into my little breakfast nook. It’s just a good little spot to hang out. Especially since before I had this I was eating
all my meals on my couch or my bed. And that’s just not something anyone should
probably do on a regular basis. So here off of the kitchenette area is my
bathroom. So let’s go on in. My favorite thing about the bathroom is the
black and white checkered tiles. I think they’re so old school and adorable. I like to call this the toilet tunnel. It’s kinda like a funny little hallways
leading to the toilet. But it is good for privacy purposes. But I do try to warn some tall people, because
I have had friends hit their head. It feels pretty spacious for a New York City
bathroom. My previous bathroom was pretty much the size
of a stall. It’s nice to have some space to walk around. It does the job. Why don’t we check out the living space. As you can see my living room also doubles
as a closet. I work in fashion, I’m an editor, and I
knew I always wanted to be in the fashion industry somehow. Instead of getting a TV and a TV stand like
any normal person would, I decided to use this wall for a shoe display. And I love it. Clearly I have a thing for shoes, and clothes,
and jackets. So that’s why I love what I do, because
it’s just is in line with my passions. I got these shelves at Ikea, and measured
them all out myself, put them up myself, and I’m still crossing my fingers that I’m
not gonna come home one day and find them all on the ground. My favorite pair of shoes, they have to be
this red leather boot by a brand called By Far. This particular pair is sold out, I believe,
still to this day. It sucks when people ask me where they’re
from because I have to break the news to them that they can’t buy them. But I kinda love that about them at the same
time. And since it’s winter I have all my jackets
out. I like that I can see them all. And I can kinda just grab whichever one I
want on my way out the door. Over here I have my main kinda chill area. I have my couch. It’s really comfy, it can fit about like
two to three people, depending. Instead of a normal coffee table I found this
little side table from CB2. But I like that it doesn’t take up too much
space, and I can kinda move it around easily. In my next apartment, or my dream apartment,
I would really like a doorman. Because I order a lot online, and I get sent
a lot of packages, and they’ve gotten stolen from the lobby, they’ve gotten opened and
rummaged through. So it would be nice to have someone to be
here. That would be a dream. If you want to take a peak inside of my closet. That’s as far as it opens. This is basically my dresses and skirts closet. It’s hard to sift through, but what I do
is keep a few selects kinda hanging in the front, of stuff that I want to wear soon. This closet holds a lot, but somehow never
enough at the same time. Above the two closets there’s a little cupboard
for extra storage. As you can see it’s very full. Honestly, I don’t even know what else is
back there. We can wander over into the bedroom now. Over here is my other closet. This comes in handy for all my tops and jeans. Again it’s kinda tight. A literal disaster inside the closet, but
this system works for me. I think this needs another cleanup soon, because
it’s getting kinda out of control. My favorite part about the apartment is definitely
my bedroom. It gets amazing natural light, which is so
important to me. And I now have a queen bed, it’s an upgrade
from my last apartment when I had a twin bed. It still feels extremely luxurious to me. I found this headboard at CB2, and I really
haven’t seen anyone else with it. I find it to be pretty unique and special,
and it’s also the most expensive piece in my apartment so far. The bed was $1200, I believe. Over here I have candles and perfumes, and
also some sage, I love sage. My apartment pet peeve would have to be bad
smells or food smells. So I always have at least one candle burning. If my apartment was a pop culture icon, it
would probably be the Olsen twins. It’s boho, meets vintage, meets modern,
and also I think you can see a bit of a fashion influence in it. I’ve lived in this apartment for about 6
months. I absolutely love living alone. I will admit I was a little bit nervous to
kinda take the plunge. And I do miss my roommate, but I really like
being able to just decorate the way I want to decorate, I can make a mess if I want to. Obviously $2000 a month is a lot of money for
someone to spend, and despite so many people trying to talk me out of it, like my mom and
all my best friends, saying, “No just stay put, just stay with your roommates.” I really stuck with my guns and went for it,
and I don’t regret it one bit. I think it’s one of the better decisions
I’ve made in the past few years. For people that want to move to New York,
I would say save up your money, it’s as expensive as everyone says it is. At the same time I would say go with your
gut. If you know New York is where you should be,
and where you want to be, then go for it. No matter what anyone tells you, just make
it happen. What’s something that you’ve done for
yourself, where you really stuck to your guns despite people trying to talk you out of it. Let me know in the comments. Thank you so much for watching my Sweet Digs. To watch more videos click here, and to subscribe
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100 comments on “This NYC Studio Makes Small Space Living Beautiful | Sweet Digs | Refinery29”

  1. Refinery29 says:

    What's your apartment pet peeve? Let us know in the comments below 🙂

  2. sus2731 says:

    Im sorry but I don't think her place is "beautiful". With a good interior design sense that place could be beautiful thought

  3. janeen Hutchinson says:

    Does that include utilities?

  4. Sheila Arizona says:

    To avoid her packages being stolen or tampered with SHE should have all the packages delivered to her office! 👌

  5. DaxLogan1 says:

    If the refrigerator is your then sell it and downsize.

  6. Moddie Seven says:

    You pay for Location in Big metropolitan cities. New York is a Mecca for Fashion which is this young ladies career and obvious lifestyle. She is obviously living her best life. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Living Well says:

    Get the mini fridge!

  8. EricaCantLose says:

    I'd rather keep my $600 mortgage and just travel to NY

  9. lenlu007 says:

    I too live in NYC in a studio apt…

    There’s soooo much more that could’ve been done with her space pertaining to storage and sitting… For one change… her bedroom should be a FULL ON sitting area instead of just the sleep zone…

    I love to re-arrange and style that space… I truly like small spaces..
    “Cool digs”…

  10. Diane R says:

    My daughter just bought a large condo on Long Island in a very classy neighborhood. Her mortgage is $2500 per month.

  11. getlowpapoose says:

    I love that little kitchen table 😍

  12. Tanisha Perry says:

    Leave the fridge.

    Try cooking ( try tasty and other cooking sites, one pot meals) you'll save more money.

  13. Dee Sawyer says:

    You lost me at cockroaches and mice

  14. Claire Roche says:

    this was SO GOOD

  15. Natasha Selemani says:

    What the hell? You don’t cook? I don’t like cooking but that’s one skill my mom taught me wether i like it or not .

    Girl come on !! Learn how to cook and save money.

  16. gloriamariadc says:

    If u downsize the fridge where would u put the cereal boxes?. Lol

  17. man of the woods says:

    I don't get it why no houses seem to have proper wardrobe/storage. What's up with that? Someone failed architecture school?

  18. MsRose00 says:

    Sugar fish at least once a week? She’s damn near eating her rent then.

  19. Beatn03 says:

    She's so sweet!!!
    I likw her apartment she seems happy. And also why couldn't she just let her boxes sent to her workplace? 🙂

  20. shenicken snk says:

    Take your cereal bags out the boxes and get chip/bag clips for more room.

  21. Paulette Billy says:

    If you really don’t use your refrigerator. Yea, go smaller. Super cute pad!!

  22. Jairus ' says:

    Ive never seen a pant as ugly as this

  23. Alisha A says:

    Never cooks? Weird

  24. Ellie Wong says:

    Its very good to see how a real person lives😊😊😊😊

  25. Jade Monet says:

    Reminds me of Carrie Bradshaw's apartment!

  26. M St.M says:

    keep off stove, could turn on burner by accident 🔥

  27. NoRainNoFlowers says:

    Let me just say, I love her aesthetic. And I love how she presents it as Boho meets vintage meets modern. I love it so much

  28. Sabrina Kimber says:

    2000??? Jesus !!! I paid $775 for my apartment

  29. June Kim says:

    Reason The red boots are her fav shoes: because they were sold out… what she wants in her next apt: doorman 🤖

  30. M00n_light16 says:

    In Greece that would be 400 max..MAX

  31. jewlstah2010 says:

    yo why aren't we talking about her cereal collection in the fridge

  32. macho tony says:

    You can tell she's a transplant from somewhere boring. When young white people with rebellious tattoos say they want to live somewhere with "culture", that usually just means there's a sushi restaurant and a Starbucks in the neighborhood. I also didn't know people over 21 eat Frosted mini wheats and honey nut Cheerios. She brought the trailer park to the village. I've seen suburban housewives at Target with better taste than her.

  33. Super plus says:

    Americans are quite exited with owning something no one else has. It fascinates me

  34. tink268 says:

    This apartment is so cute!!

  35. Eztliz says:

    I didn’t know anyone could be so pretentious while admitting that they don’t cook their own food. Yeah. I’m being judgmental. But she clearly doesn’t like herself. It’s evidenced in her hollow giggles. I just feel bad for her.

  36. Alilah Sutton says:

    I order sushi once a week…. yeah, that’s exactly why you live in a studio! Cook something, stop trying this keep up with the Jones’s and spend your money more wisely, okay… Carrie Bradshaw!! 🙄

  37. dollydisclaimerh says:

    “East village is packed with culture” East village STAYS full of white people lmao

  38. Georgina Sandnes says:

    Love, LOVE this appartment, toilet, shower, floors 😊
    If I lived there I would change only one single thing, I would drape the mirror so it doesn't reflect towards the bed,,, in Feng Shui that is bad energy which might result in sleeplessness or bad dreams

  39. Kitten Girl says:

    The exposed clothing and shoes ruin an otherwise nice looking place.

  40. yamir zender says:

    You pay 2 mil. And you dont have a decent closet. . Poor people

  41. Sandhya Nambiar says:

    Alessa ur apartment is chic. And u r beautiful too

  42. rose191991 says:

    im late here BUT 2000$ for this?
    nyc is my dream to visit but i guess in happy where i live…

  43. Candi Edwards says:

    I actually like the layout of her apartment. I think she decorated it quite Nicely as well ❤️ which is difficult to do in a tiny apartment, finding furniture to fit!!! Awesome job!!!

  44. Cathy Middleton says:

    Get married and 30 years later we still happy x

  45. Lisa Lasky says:

    Very cute apartment I would not get rid of the big fridge because the small ones really have no room at all and since you have one that size you should just keep it because most of the time with the smaller Apartments you don't get a fridge that size and then you have the small one you could barely fit anything in it so I would think about that one for a little bit but you really do have a cute apartment and it set up so cute😀

  46. Gigi Vlogs says:

    Honestly, this is cute . Ofcourse its by the east village that’s why it’s pricey ❤️

  47. jen s says:

    Who the fuck keeps cereal in the fridge

  48. Starr 64 says:

    Highway Robery, young folk are being ripped off & imagine if they are paying back school loans.

  49. Sarah holland says:

    Cute. A white folding screen rather than doors would make it feel more spacious. So would a square table with chairs that tuck in. I'd also move the clothes as you come in. I'd put them in another closet that I'd put where the chest of drawers currently are in the bedroom: & have chest of drawers at the bottom of the bed not the bulky plant.

  50. E S says:

    You don't cook? Never used your cooktop? It's drastically less expensive better for you

  51. Marie deHeryng says:

    I think your apartment is adorable and good for you, doing it on your own!! I would keep the big fridge for more space! Even the smaller fridge would take up same footprint space and not have the same cubic space, so not as efficient! Love the brick wall and your choices of furnishings. Way to go, girl!!

  52. Tessa Laszlo says:

    you can’t even call that a kitchen

  53. Roslyn Washington-ward says:

    Have your packages delivered to your job, then you don't have to worry about them being stolen or rummaged through.

  54. Annaea pompeia says:

    The fact that she was so casual in mentioning her packages get stolen has me shook to the core

  55. Sweetheart Care Bear says:

    I think New York is a fun place to visit, but New Mexico is my home and I love my 3 bedroom 1300 sq ft home with fireplace, huge yard, and 2 car garage. Only $600 monthly mortgage. 😊

  56. Rogelio Loera says:

    U can't put a price on your privacy unless you're broke,lol.

  57. P YLF says:

    proud of not cooking?. good luck with that.

  58. GradKat says:

    I love how this apartment expresses her individuality, but – seriously – no-one needs that many shoes (or clothes). You need to declutter babe!

  59. Sad Diablita says:

    Honestly I'd rather pay 2k a month for apartments in New York and California than live in some other shitty state lol

  60. Angela Stewart says:

    It’s nice . I seen one guy apt NYC. It look a closet

  61. Madison Daily says:

    You could do with a more up to date hair style. It really ages you. I last saw a similar cut in the 80's.

  62. Princessa Lucia says:

    You might want to keep your large refrigerator since you can use it for storage (cereal, bread, etc.). If you get a smaller one you won't gain that much space. Your apartment is lovely, good use of space and very well done.

  63. Lie Bing says:

    💚 it, + def. downsize your fridge =)

  64. John Smalls says:

    2000 is below avg for a 1 bedroom midtown or upper East side next time

  65. Joyce Musuku says:

    Sooo cute! Idk if you will ever see this but incase you do. Where did you get your sofa?

  66. Blue Butterfly Wellness says:

    Each person has their own price point on happiness–you may not spend this much in rent or mortgage living elsewhere but perhaps drive a $30K gas guzzling SUV, or have a boat or RV in your driveway. It's all relative. If spending $2K in this way makes her happy and she's not going broke doing it, then ENJOY! The Village is a wonderful and unique place to live, and if you can afford to do so, the experience is PRICELESS! 🤗

  67. crystal miller says:

    New York living looks sad

  68. NYC girl says:

    Sage & Palo Sant wood candle….have u seen any spirits?

  69. QuiteDecent says:

    Just go to Brooklyn 🤷🏿‍♂️

  70. ManuelPabloArnao says:

    So expensive 😱

  71. Linda Tengan says:


  72. Martiza Rodriguez says:

    Aren’t you too old to be living like a college student? I got it, it’s New York, it’s just a like ridiculous. Are you trying to emulate some carry Bradshaw thing???by mentioning you don’t cook, being messy….

  73. Betty Veronica says:

    Shoes and clothes rack right out in the open? Well, if you like it, that's all that matters.

    Love the pants!

  74. Maryann Reese says:

    Really $2,000 month seen better

  75. maggie ferrell says:

    Toss the fridge if you don’t need it for sure!!!

  76. Majid Ali Khan says:

    Lazy women

  77. Isaac Toth says:

    In southern Alabama you could buy 500 houses and a private airplane for that kind of money!

  78. Arun singh says:

    Refinery29 really nice place and clothes and shoes yeah they are good. I am a bit like that too.

  79. Misceláneos y Más says:

    it is really really big….I mean, considering it is NY

  80. Theresa May says:

    Keep the fridge! Where I live, $2k for an apt is normal – this is small, but its NY. When I got my own apt. for the first time, it changed my life, the best thing I did. Do what works for you

  81. knmonlinemedia says:

    Send your packages to your job so it won't get stolen 🤔

  82. Tagg63 says:

    Will never understand the mentality of people who "never cook"? Is it pure laziness? Afraid they cant cook? The amount of money you spend on "take out" is absurd.

  83. De K says:

    That’s a pretty good deal actually

  84. Carla Rangel says:

    This space is so cute! Love it! I live in an extremely expensive Southern California city so I’m familiar with high rents. You pay for living in a sought after place. It’s worth it! Better than living in a boring middle-of-nowhere place.

  85. Alycia A says:

    How do you eat if you don’t cook? I can’t even fathom buying “take-out” for each and every meal.

  86. Mimi N says:

    Her shoes wow 😮
    Got to be over 10k
    Whatever floats her boat

  87. iris shalurhad says:

    So, some people would rather live poorly in a rich neighborhood than rich in a poor neighborhood basically.

  88. Chickedee Dee says:

    Keep feeding the capitalist NY greed of landlords.

  89. Carol o brien says:

    Awww I love this apartment, so cute!!

  90. GZ says:

    Take out that closet in the liv and combine the footprint with your shoe/coat area; it it's adjacent to the bedroom closet get rid of that too and make it all in one. Hide the entire area with long floor to ceiling swoopy curtains or buy some IKEA Pax wardrobe sliding doors. A contiguous space will give you a lot more options. Open shoe storage is only as good as your shoes.

  91. Diane Doud says:


  92. Jeff In Chicago says:

    Parcel thieves, the worst. Use a parcel drop/pickup place. Look around, should be no problem.Find a neighbor and offer a buck or two each!! good luck.

  93. Ivana Vujanovic says:

    Not worth it. But it's her choice.

  94. Kat Gerber says:

    Love. Wondering what you decided on the fridge and if you’re still there. 1.5 years is a decade in NYC apartment-years.

  95. 876ME says:

    The same people comment on every NYC video with the same retarded as unsolicited advice. She does not want to live in west bumblefuck. Clearly she knows she can pay $50 a month in rent for a whole house in west bumblefuck, but she chooses to pay much more to live in NYC. It’s about personal choice! Who gaf? Why are ppl so offended that others choose to live in NYC and not west bumblefuck? Get a life!

  96. CORNELIA Adam says:

    This is Your choise
    You have a good job
    I like it
    Is Your life
    Be HAPPY !

  97. Allison Linner says:

    “How to throw money away 101”

  98. Francesca Botticini says:

    I looooove the outfit jeez where are the pants from ???

  99. Heru- deshet says:

    Cute, but can't cook. Career woman. Single forever unless she meets a punk that wants to be kept.

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