After living on a 31-foot sailboat on the Hudson River for five years, fashion designer Lauren Moffatt made the move to a small one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan. At the time, the concept of indoor plumbing alone was enough to turn her into a land lover! Twelve years later, with a husband, a child and another on the way, that one-bedroom apartment began to feel a little cramped. So the couple purchased the apartment below theirs and transformed the space into a three-bedroom home. The additional space allowed them to spread out and gave Lauren the opportunity to decorate without being as practical as one must be in a tiny space. For example, the staircase walls were designed to house some of her more random collections. To create a feeling of openness, they replaced the solid walls with glass casement doors, and the once empty kitchen that had been used as a guest room was turned back into a working kitchen. Thanks, Lauren! And a big thank you to for the lovely photographs! — Amy Azzarito
Image above: This Bubble Chandelier was the first thing I bought when we renovated the apartment. I love the airy, delicate feel.
Image above: The bureau is one of a three-piece set that I bought at a thrift store in Philly for $150 total. The painting, which I spruced up a bit, was a $5 find from the Bed-Sty Salvation Army. (White Dove Benjamin Moore wall paint.)
See more of Lauren’s New York City apartment after the jump . . .
Image above: I lived in the apartment for more than five years without a kitchen. I used the room as a guest room. When my boyfriend moved in, we decided it would be more fun to cook for friends than to have them stay over.
Image above: I found this Eames chair in the trash on my way home from work last year. My nephew and I carried it home and put it in this corner, and it’s been there ever since. The wall was built by a boat builder/metalworker friend.
Image above: When we combined our apartment with the unit below, we were finally able to spread out a bit and display things I’d been collecting for years. The animal trophy heads are from DFC Mexico City.
Image above: My mom’s antique bureau, which she graciously gave me to help compensate for my lack of closet space.
Image above: Ironically, my husband’s very spacious closet.
Image above: Pics of the Grands and a place for my bags.
Image above: I made all the curtains in my apartment out of fabric from past collections. These are Spring 2008.
Image above: One of two twin beds in the guest room.
Image above: We used utilitarian outdoor hose handles for our bathroom sink. I love the unfussy, functional look.
Image above: The sink vanity is another Paul McCobb piece from the $150 set of three. Since I only paid $50 for it, I could justify cutting the hole in the top!
Image above: My Sum Design wallpaper in Green Floral Femme Fatale.
Image above: The bookends under the little table between the windows are Miller Goodman building blocks.