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Get the Look: A Coastal Cool Apartment

Find out how one blogger cultivated a light and airy look in her small living space.

With clean lines and a simple color palette in mind, blogger Gabrielle Savoie, of Savvy Home, transformed her small apartment into a coastal-cool abode. A well-curated mix of stylish furniture provides both form and function, while a series of small groupings—neatly stacked books, curated collections, draped sheepskin rugs—add interest and style to the décor. However, the key to this space's savvy look is editing down to the essentials. Every piece contributes to the visual appeal of the room, creating an inviting, chic vibe.

The result? An effortless, breezy feel we can't stop talking about. Mimic the look of this beautiful home with our designer tips below.

Furniture with a Purpose

Style meets practicality in Gabrielle's open-concept living space, especially in her dining area.

A petite, round dining table saves on room, while open-legged furniture creates an airy feel.

After paring down to the essentials, the large sideboard acts as the workhorse for the space, providing ample storage in one spot in lieu of several smaller storage accents.

A Classic Color Scheme

A crisp black and white palette sets the tone for a modern, streamlined look—perfect for this apartment's living room.

For a timeless design, Gabrielle picked furniture in solid hues, like true black and bright white. She also mixed in a few wood pieces, like the upholstered coffee table, to soften the overall look.

Hints of blue and indigo—from the striped throw blanket to an assortment of patterned indigo pillows—evoke a distinctly coastal vibe.

Think Chic Textures

It's all about the textured details. They're minor moments that make a big visual impact.

In this space, a white sheepskin throw is draped over an accent chair for an elegant modern look. ​Other subtle details include a woven black area rug, a clover-shaped end table with basket-weave detailing, and an upholstered linen coffee table.

And remember, textures layered with a mix of neutral hues will create a cohesive look you'll love.

​Include a Statement Piece

For small space design, it's important to choose one statement piece so you don't overwhelm the space.

Gabrielle added these trendy copper bar stools for a luxurious statement, which helps define the kitchen area. Set against a streamlined black and white setting, the reflective copper elevates the chic-factor.

Smaller accents inspired by the copper hue, such as warm wood tones and decorative bowls, are spotted throughout the space to tie in the look.