Name: Laurie C.
Location: Lower East Side, NY
Size: 303 sf something-or-other
The Terence Conran Shop, hardware stores, marchand de legumes, gominyc, the streets of NYC
What inspired you?
This 6 floor walk-up apartment in the Lower East Side has high ceilings and an abundance of northern & eastern light which inspired me to set it up somewhat like an art gallery. The narrow (6 feet at its widest) living room doesn't allow for much furniture, so everything is installed or displayed along the walls.
...Simple white floating ledges and "J" mold shower surround trim display items such as found objects, jewelry, paintings, matches, postcards, etc. and allow the "exhibit" to be changed easily. As the curator/user, I often change the cheery and compositional pieces, allowing this art gallery/exhibition to reflect my interests of the moment with the skyline of New York City as my backdrop.
Minimizing & organizing well is the key to clean, uncluttered spaces.
I've learned to only buy something if I love it. For example, I sat on the floor of my apartment for several months before I could afford to buy these Eames plywood lounge chairs. I love how they are the first thing you see when you walk in and they are perfectly sized for the narrow living room. When you live in small spaces, it's surprising how little you really need!