Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New YorkSize:
620 square feet Years lived in:
7 years; rented
New York apartment dwellers know all too well what a
challenge it can be living the dream on a budget. Sometimes all you can afford
is the lower level railroad apartment without direct sunlight. For Alex, the plus side to this is having backyard access to plant a garden
and express his love of horticulture. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to catch Alex’s
garden in full bloom because he is moving soon (but staying in Bed Stuy), so
he submitted some outdoor photos that friends have taken in summers past. This
house tour is a little farewell to Alex’s garden floor apartment on Putnam
Alex is a computer technician at HBO, surrounded by art
and design friends to give him advice on mixing paint colors and artfully displaying his beloved
collections. Many years ago he lived in Paris, and while his apartment may
not be exactly Parisian, one can’t help but notice its influence in small ways
throughout the décor. The kitchen is a little bit French Country with a dash of modern; it’s also where Alex feels most at home. There you can find him cooking, baking, or hosting crowded dinner parties, all while offering you a glass of wine and making every ingredient from
When Alex is not entertaining around the kitchen island or his gateleg table in the middle room, he is lounging in the boldly painted boudoir or sipping coffee in the garden. When in bloom, the garden is extraordinary, and Alex makes sure to share it with all his friends and neighbors every June at his annual summer party. During the afternoon it’s drenched in sunlight; at night it’s lit up with string lights and tiki torches. Whatever natural light he lacks inside is more than made up for with this magical secret garden out back.
Best of luck on your new place, Alex! Can't wait to see what you do next.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Eclectic
Inspiration: Paris, Mid-Century Modern.
Favorite Element: There are many
— my favorites are things that friends have made for me: ceramic plates and paintings
from Justine, a cross-stitch of a snow egret from Terri, an
illustrated chrysanthemum from Andrea inspired from the Kiku exhibit.
Biggest Challenge: The small
What Friends Say:
like it; they say it is homey and comfortable. I get compliments on my color
back room off the kitchen that leads to the garden.
Proudest DIY: Designing, planning, and painting my bedroom and living room.
Biggest Indulgence: All-Clad
cookware and my KitchenAid stand mixer.
Best Advice: Choose
what you like - don’t worry about if it will “go” with your décor. Don’t be
afraid of color. I love rich, saturated colors.
Dream Sources: Williams-Sonoma and Safavieh.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
room: Eggshell Behr paint/primer Silver Mist
- Kitchen: custom
mixed by my friend Stephen
Eggshell Behr in Orchid Kiss
- West Elm Sutton Sofa
Hutch found on the street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
chairs: junk store on Long Island
- White cabinets: Home Depot (these are actually meant to be upper cabinets, but I got them because they have
a slimmer profile)
the stove were a gift from friends
- Other plates on the wall were made by my friend Justine
Headboard, armoire, and chair are from Overstock.com
is from Century 21
and area rug were hand-me-downs from my friend Mary
side table, and trunk next to the bed were street finds
panels and panels behind the bed are from Century 21
lamp was a street find, Stainless lamp from Ikea, and black lamp from Target
(Interior Images: Andrea Sparacio; Garden Images: Jocelin Martinez & Dani FIsher)
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