Before-and-after photos Rae took of her pop-up entryway office
Last year, we visited the 400-square-foot Hell’s Kitchen studio of Rae Lambert and her husband Ryan. In addition to her career as a product marketer for tech companies, Rae runs the awesome blog Small Space, Big Taste, where she shares ideas about re-designing how to live, spend, eat, work and travel. So it comes as no surprise that Rae adapted quickly to quarantine lifestyle, which has forced Ryan to work from home as well. Ahead, Rae takes us on a virtual journey of how she transformed her entryway into a pop-up office, complete with both standing and sitting work stations and some lovely accessories. She also fills us in on what a typical day looks like now for her and Ryan and shares advice for other couples working from home together in a small space.
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There are a lot of adjectives to describe this studio apartment at 175 West 13th Street, but the biggest thing to know is that it’s available fully furnished with no fee. As the listing says, the super-sleek-yet-subtly-glamourous residence is like “having your very own hotel suite in Greenwich Village,” as it includes weekly maid service and has been outfitted with perks such as a built-in espresso coffee system, a media wall, and a marble-lined dressing area.
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Perhaps the pandemic lifestyle has inspired you to go more minimalist. If so, this alcove studio on the Upper East Side may be pretty appealing. Located at 205 East 63rd Street, just east of Third Avenue, the legal one-bedroom has a futuristic vibe with stark white walls, porcelain floors, and furniture, save for the strategically placed pops of lime green. For just $350,000, there’s a foyer, full kitchen, large living room (currently outfitted with a modern Murphy bed to free up even more space), and a whopping six closets.
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Exposed brick walls and a decorative fireplace give this East Village alcove studio at 186 East 2nd Street charm to spare while clever space-saving solutions and plenty of storage make it adaptable to modern life. Asking $525,000, it’s got a prime East Village location to boot, just two blocks away from the Second Avenue F train station and a short walk to Tompkins Square Park.
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Along the hip “main drag” in the heart of Park Slope, this charming co-op at 285 Fifth Avenue is priced like a studio, asking $400,000, but a separate internal sleeping area keeps the one-room-living blues at bay. What’s more, monthly maintenance is only $290, so your monthly outlay won’t overwhelm, even in this pricey, though heavenly neighborhood.
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Located on the 10th floor of Lindley House at 123 East 37th Street, this pre-war studio, asking $520,000, is that rare NYC apartment that has been recently renovated yet retains its classic details, with colorful uniqueness added. Though not a large space, the co-op has a sleeping alcove separated by doors, a separate kitchen, and lots of thoughtfully-designed storage
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Downtown style and bohemian flair allow for clever use of space in this West Village studio. Asking $700,000, the color-filled home at 9 Barrow Street is tucked into an 1895 building with an elevator and a doorman in true gracious pre-war fashion.
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Tucked into a verdant strip of southwest Brooklyn overlooking Shore Road Park, a block from New York Harbor with stunning vistas of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from the street, this compact studio at 9902 Third Avenue is asking a relatively reasonably $250,000. In addition to bridge views, the Bay Ridge/Hamilton Parkway street is lined with pre-war co-ops and quaint two-story free-standing homes.
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Asking $325,000, this cozy co-op’s Yorkville location at 321 East 89th Street between Central Park and Carl Schurz park means you’ve got a choice between the two green spaces–and the new Q line stops three blocks away. The tucked-away top-floor studio is served by an elevator, so getting home doesn’t have to be a workout.
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Though St. Mark’s Place in the East Village may not be the colorful alt-culture adventure it once was, it’s still central to a neighborhood that never stops moving. This compact co-op studio at 87 St. Mark’s Place is in the center of it all, yet it’s buttoned up, fitted out, and ready for the next adventurer to enjoy. Attributes like a working fireplace and a built-in Murphy bed make the space feel like home.
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