#26 - Natalie & Ryan's Clean Warm Harmony

Name: Ryan V. and Natalie G. (Nerdalie)
Location: New York, NY
Size & Type: 430 Sq. Ft. 1-bdrm CoOp

Favorite resource: Our favorite resource is Craigslist. We've gotten some great deals on furniture and a rug, and we also found each other!

Pitch: Our apartment is all about function and comfort; it's a mixture of old and new, masculine and feminine, clean and warm. We put an effort into finding furniture that is of the same aesthetic, some vintage, some new, and some custom. The design of our space affects the lives we live...

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Pitch Cont'd: Because we don't have a TV in the living room, we eat meals together at the dinner table and have conversation, and we're able to work on our respective creative projects side-by-side without distraction.

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Your favorite element: Our favorite element is our built-in desk-shelf unit for work and play. Ryan and I designed it and my father built it. It's inspired by a Paul Frankl piece in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was designed to fit perfectly in our new apt. We took a long time to consider how much space we needed for our books, tchotchkes, and office supplies and it also serves as our home entertainment system.

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