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Finalist #4: Patrick's Cosmo-Urban Studio Rental

Name: Patrick
Location: Lincoln Center Area
Size: 485 sq/ft
Type: Studio

Final questions for Patrick:

What is your favorite home store?

Asking me, self-proclaimed shopaholic, to choose a favorite store is akin to Sophie’s Choice. My favorite “only in NYC” stores are The Terence Conran Shop and Thomas O’Brien’s Aero.

I also love the pieces and mood of Repertoire (site not up right now). Crate & Barrel is my mainstream favorite, with West Elm, Room & Board and Williams Sonoma Home all newer contenders with accessibilty outside Manhattan.

But, since this contest for me has been about letting go, I’d say my final answer is Housing Works. Not necessarily for what you can get there, but for what donating items there has allowed me to accomplish. And it couldn’t be for a better cause.

What is your secret?

My favorite school assignment was “compare and contrast,” a philosophy that works when pulling together a space. Items and furnishings should intentionally relate to or contrast with others, whether through shape, texture, color, etc.

Also… Buy what you LOVE, and don’t feel compelled to do it all at once. The result is a space that reflects you, but doesn’t look like it came out of one box… Determine what you need to store before you buy the solution… Don’t overlook ANY potential source: interesting stuff can come from off-the-shelf places… Paring down makes you appreciate more what remains… HAVE FUN. Patrick

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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