Decor Ideas to Steal from NYC’s Most Instagrammable Restaurants

Ever walked into an eatery and thought, I want my apartment to look like this? Yep, us too. Thanks to social media, restaurants are putting more and more thought into design, using unique color schemes, standout walls and handcrafted dinnerware to create the dreamiest of spaces. Here are some of our current decor-winning restaurants and how to incorporate the looks at home. It's time to take your apartment one step closer to Instagram-worthy #homegoals.

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Marché Maman

Marché Maman

The Soho café-market is rustic and French in all the right ways, with purposely worn, mismatched furniture and servingware.

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Williams Sonoma

KitchenAid Artisan Mini Stand Mixer in Copper 

Consider this a statement accessory for your kitchen—the mini size is also more realistic for city dwellers.

Williams-Sonoma ($600)

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Jamali Garden

Medicine Bottle Bud Vase Set

Scatter these simple bud vases across the apartment with some eucalyptus from Trader Joe’s—greenery is an incredibly easy and affordable way to spruce up a space.

Jamali Garden ($12)

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Cutting Board with Handle

Take your hosting game to the next level with a serving platter that’s way chicer than an aluminum pan.

H&M ($15)

Butler Bakeshop

Nestled underneath the Williamsburg Bridge, this daytime café is a sunny, stylish respite with pastries from a Michelin-starred chef.

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Vintage-inspired letterboards aren’t just good for menus—use them to leave messages for roommates or as a landing place for inspirational quotes.

Letterfolk ($110)

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Crate & Barrel

Blue Dinner Plate

The truest sign of adulthood is the moment you swap Ikea dinnerware for handcrafted ceramics. These are even a close match for Butler’s always-Instagrammed pastel blue plates.

Crate & Barrel ($6)

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Pinwheel Chandelier

Modern meets industrial in this illuminating way to tie a space together.

Etsy ($199)

Cha Cha Matcha

Plenty of green accents—plus some millennial pink—at this tropical-themed café coordinate with its signature drink.

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Banana Leaf Palm Posters

Add island flair without going full-on tiki with a set of pink and green wall art.

Etsy ($18)

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PB Teen

Relax Neon Light

Yes, it’s possible to decorate with neon in a way that doesn’t scream dive bar.

PB Teen ($129)

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Brian Park

La Pecora Bianca

Pops of color and unique prints add to the breezy feel of this Italian cantina, which specializes in housemade pastas and spritz cocktails.

target mint dining chairs

A peppy shade adds a cheerful burst to any dining area.

Target ($150)

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West Elm

Marble Cheese Board

No space (or budget) for a full-sized marble dining table? This elegant platter is the next best thing.

West Elm ($50)

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Cle Tile

Robusto Tile

Most of us probably don’t have an entire bar to deck out, but the stunning tiles could give a much-needed dose of charm to the tiniest of kitchens.

Cle Tile ($16 per square foot)

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Loosie's Cafe

Loosie’s Kitchen & Cafe

The laid-back hangout—serving modern Southern fare and cocktails—is a plant lover’s dream come true, decked out with lush greenery from floor to ceiling.

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World Market

Macrame Planter Hanger

Transform sitting planters and terrariums into dangling room decor with this hand-twisted rope hanger.

World Market ($13)

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Triangle Wall Decals

These reusable and—more importantly—removable decals help create an accent wall without fear of losing your security deposit.

Etsy ($39)

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Geometric Rug

A printed area rug instantly adds warmth to an industrial space (or covers a less-than-gleaming hardwood floor).

Lulu and Georgia ($195) 

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