Easy Ways to Make Your Apartment Look More Stylish

A little elbow grease really goes a long way.

By: Laurel Pantin
Photography: Alec Kugler
Videographer: Duncan M. Sullivan

Remember our co-founder Stephanie Mark’s apartment? Decorator Fiona Byrne previously tackled Stephanie’s kitchen, bedroom and closet and completely transformed them into super-comfortable spaces. To round out the whole project, Fiona hit Steph’s dining and living space.

At the get-go, the room had only the basics, so she set out to add some statement pieces, plants and even turned an odd little cubby into a super-stylish bar. Watch the video to see how she totally made over the room, and click through the pictures below for a more step-by-step take on the transformation.


“Never underestimate the power of plants. Yes, they are fashionable, but they really make a place feel like a home. The chair is from One Kings Lane, coffee table by Article, plant from Sprout.”

“Tonal looks aren’t just for your wardrobe. You can create a cool look by grouping items of the same color together. I found the bookshelf at Muji, the side table is from Bend Goods, and the lamp is Foscarini.”

“We chose this shelving unit by Article because shape-wise it’s a little more interesting and the room needed a vertical moment. Now Steph’s vintage Bambi lamp sits proudly on top of it.”

Poster Child Prints is a rad destination for affordable art and this is one of a series by illustrator Meghann Stephenson.”

“Red brick can be a little oppressive so we lightened up the area with a pale rug and a white print from Society 6. The blue chairs are by Bend Goods.”

“We defined the living and dining [areas] with separate rugs, and the Willo lamp acts as a kind of partition between the spaces.”

“We turned this little cupboard into a bar just by removing the doors and covering with peel-and-stick wallpaper by Walls Need Love. Steph found the bar sign at a vintage sale, and we installed an acrylic shelf for additional storage. Now it’s one of the cutest parts of the apartment!”

“We sent off Steph’s mini Polaroids to Framebridge where they were professionally mounted in a frame and now hang proudly above her sofa.”