#40 - Rachel's TeRRific RailRoad

(Note: This is our last entry! Our apologies to any who didn't make it, the voting extends until Monday and we'll notify the four finalists later that day.)

Name: Rachel A.
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Size & Type: 500ish sf 1 Bedroom Railroad

Favorite resource: My parents basement and garage- they never throw anything away so there are tons of salvageable pieces that with a little work become decorating gems. Both white lamps in the living room were garage finds that had no shades,broken wiring and a layer of grime- but re-wired and cleaned up they work perfectly in my living room!

Pitch: I live in a railroad apartment in a 100 year old building in East Williamsburg Brooklyn that is 50 feet long by 10 feet wide!...

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Pitch Cont'd: The apartment has some quirky issues- a sloping floor where the apartment is sinking in the middle, a bathroom that is 2 tiny rooms for toilet and bath and old plaster walls that the landlord has dealt with by tacking up wood paneling.

I have managed to make this oddly shaped, strangely kept up space very comfortable and appealing. The aesthetic is a mix of Ikea, found objects, grandparent's antiques and flea market finds.

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Your favorite element: Slipper chair in living room- it was inherited from my grandparents.

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