Before I moved into my apartment a few months ago I was thinking about what I wanted it to be like and got inspired when I watched You’ve Got Mail. The furniture in Kathleen’s apartment is not necessarily my taste, but I did like it’s coziness. Something about it made me want to live there.
After looking at photos of the apartment a lot, I tried a few things in my own home and they worked really well.
Fun fact: The furniture setting in Kathleen’s apartment changes after she closed the store. Which is a detail I really like. I do this a lot myself as well. Sometimes it’s just time to move everything around :)
1. Put your desk more in the room, instead of against a wall.
A desk against the wall might take up less space, but I find that this setting makes the desk look very inviting and makes me want to sit there.
Here you see the same desk but in the later part of the movie. She is now facing away from the window.
2. Make use of side tables
Almost in every photo you see a cabinet or little table, even next to the desk and in the kitchen.
3. Use a lot of little, standing lamps
Almost every desk, table and cabinet have lamps on them. They give a homely and cozy feel to the house. And they bring nice warm light as well. (Even if you have no place to plug them in, they still look nice)
4. Hang things on your walls
Kathleen’s apartment has many frames on the wall, with artwork or flowers and other things. Pay attention as well as to how they are hung. I like how it feels like every piece of wall has it’s own look.
5. Create a cozy sitting space detached from the wall
Here you see how a sofa, a table and two smaller chairs make a very cozy sitting space.
6. Have a big book case
Kathleen has two walls with book cases and they bring a lot of character to the apartment.
7. Place your bed like this, if you dare ;-)
I’ve never tried it before, but it looks nice here. Plus I like the little table with books as well :)
One of the things that came together inspired by this movie was this sitting space :)