Feature Friday: Meredith and Gwyneth the New Yorkie in NYC

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What fun to go to a big city like New York and get to take in a house tour during the process.  I love seeing how other people live and when I met up with Meredith at the BlogHer conference this year and she described her 470 s.f. apartment, I had to take a peek.  She’s a fairly new blogger and discovered design blogs last year and decided to start her own to document her NY apartment experience and to show off her adorable Yorkie, Gwyneth.  A match made in heaven, those two.

So, my last night in NY, after the fashion show, Meredith and I hopped in a cab and she hosted me at her 17th floor apartment. I was so intrigued and couldn’t wait to see how people live in these high-rise apartments.  Meredith is a Southern girl, originally from Raleigh, NC and has been in NY for about 2 years.  She almost left at one point, but decided to stick it out and now she loves it.   She works for an ad agency, which I’m sure is an exciting career.  I was quizzing her about all sorts of things, like cars, dating, and buying groceries and how all that changes in a big city.

Fascinating it is!

We hit it off well, even though I’m old enough to be her mother.  She made me feel like a blog rockstar, since she has been stalking my blog for awhile.

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Meredith’s apartment is in the Chelsea area of NY and this little neighborhood grocery store is connected to her high-rise building.

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Cute and convenient for food items you might need.

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Walk right through a connecting door to her ultra-hip contemporary hotel lobby.  Her building has a doorman, so is very safe.

Meredith and Gwyneth

Meet Meredith and her sweet Yorkie, Gwyneth.  Aren’t they both adorable?   Gwyneth liked me and let me hold her.

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Meredith has a pink door that she painted after moving in.  She taped off lines and painted her door pink and this is a brilliant way to add some detail and fun to a plain door.  Love it!

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This cute little entry table greets guests.  Meredith has packed a lot of punch in this small 470 s.f. space and you’ll see how she did it.

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Pretty mirror and accessories.  Sunglasses waiting on the table.

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Her small and compact kitchen works well. Note her plate collection.

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Looking towards the living room, her TV is in the pie safe.  Meredith told me she is not a minimalist and she is right, but her space feels very cozy and warm.

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She’s got a great looking gallery wall and a small office area in her living room. With a small space, you have to utilize every square inch.

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A brilliant room divider, the Ikea Expedit comes in handy for lots of storage and as a visual dividing line between bedroom and living room.  Love the grids on the end.

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Jewelry storage

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She’s glammed up her bedroom area with a canopy and pretty girly pillows.

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Love the colors and textures.

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Oh and Meredith is a dumpster diver too, so when I found that out, I knew we’d be friends.  She found this piece outside by the dumpster (I think!).  Love the green.  She said they don’t actually put furniture in the dumpster here, but it sits outside so people can pick them up easily.  You can see Meredith in the large picture window.  It was dark so I didn’t get to see the view, which I’m sure is awesome.

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Tabletop bedside accessories.

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From the bedroom side, the Ikea bookshelf.  Love all the storage it holds.

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Another view to the kitchen.

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Cute chair and a saying most of us have heard.

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Plate rack with lemons

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Photo wall

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And a girly chandelier

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Her bathroom is small but cute with this flower power and empty frame collage.

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And she likes bunnies, yep, my kind of girl.

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She totally knew the way to my heart.  Buy me pizza and I’m your friend for life.  I was so hungry after the fashion show and Meredith graciously treated me to pizza from her favorite neighborhood pizza joint.  I savored every mouthful of it, so delish!

Meredith, thank you and Gwyneth for hosting me at your lovely apartment. It was so fun to visit you and get to know you as a blogger and Southern girl.  I hope to see you again soon!  Be sure and stop by Meredith’s blog, Meredith and Gwyneth, the New Yorkie.  You’ll enjoy her wit!

And get this:  Meredith pays $2,800 a month for her tiny apartment!  She said I could share that with y’all and I about choked when she told me.  That’s a big pile of $$, but that’s the tradeoff for living in NYC, I guess!

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- Rhoda

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