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This is an exciting week for jentertaining. My Joss & Main event is up, so be sure to check it out and pick up a few of my favorite entertaining classics. When Joss & Main asked me to be a part of their “Curators Collection,” I thought it would also be a great chance to give you a little tour of my small corner of the Upper West Side. I moved into this studio apartment three years ago. It was my first time living alone, which also meant my first opportunity to decorate and make a space my own. I love clean, open, and fresh spaces…and even with limited square footage, I still wanted the flexibility to entertain friends. I didn’t buy all of the furniture the moment I moved in–I took a few months to see how I would use the space. The result is a place in which I can relax and entertain without too much effort.

{My Key Entertaining Elements}
1. Expandable Dining Table: go from “breakfast for two” to “dinner for four” without eating up precious real estate.
2. Bar cart: I am free to move this around the apartment to accommodate a number of guests.
3. Trays: Instantly make a bed, counter, or even floor space into a defined entertaining area with a tray full of snacks or “bevies.”
4. Nesting Tables: A coffee table doesn’t work for my living room, so I use nesting tables instead for added serving surfaces and flexibility. I can place all three in front of the couch, or break them up around the living room.

I would love to hear and see how you set your home up for entertaining. Shoot me an email at with your story and pics…you might just see your place featured in an upcoming jentertaining post.

All photographs by John Dolan Photography.


  1. No matter how carefully I prepare for entertaining it seems that most people end up in the kitchen which is never very specially prepared. Great job on the apartment.

  2. I love all of these tips! I need all of those! Next time I move I am totally upgrading to the tables with leafs, a bar cart, trays, and nesting tables!

  3. Autumn says

    WOW! Your apartment looks amazing. I can just imagine friends smiling and laughing with good food and wine in hand.

  4. moneyisfreedom8 says

    Agreed! If “home is where the heart is,” then “the heart of the home is in the kitchen.”

  5. kasey says

    I missed this one somehow…the pictures turned out amazing!

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