Name: Amy and Christian
Location: Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, New York
Size: 1,000 square feet, 2 bedrooms
Years lived in: 3 years; Owned
Amy and Christian got married a few years ago, and other than living together for 2 months in a previous rental, this is their first home together. They are both organized and very very tidy. When I arrived for the photo shoot, the apartment was in absolute, uncontested, seamless order, and when I asked if it always looked like this, they both nodded without hesitation.
They also both have strong aesthetics, and for a couple furnishing a new apartment, nearly from scratch, that meant a lot of discussions, and perhaps some compromise on the part of each partner. Amy did most of the searching, and Christian did most of the vetting/approving. Amy took each purchase very seriously and left no stone unturned in her research. Because Amy led the charge on many of the design choices, they made a deal that Christian would get the second bedroom as an oasis of purely Christian-oriented decor.
The result is a colorful, eclectic, comfortable, and vital space in which compromises become assets. Amy and Christian's home reveals their personalities, interests, and enthusiasm for life at every turn.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Clean, modern, minimal, organized.
Inspiration: Christian: Japanese Ryokan. Amy: My grandparents' furniture
Favorite Element: Seeing the treetops through our living room window when you enter the apartment in the springtime. Our apartment is the perfect height to see a dogwood tree in bloom every April.
Biggest Challenge: Our living/dining/office area is a big open space. Figuring out how to place the furniture was difficult. The previous owner had the table by the window and we both liked that, even though the dinning area in this layout is traditionally in the area where you walk in. We had to run electric over the table to have lighting in that area. Deciding where to put the couch was a challenge. After living with it for a while we realized that we weren’t comfortable watching TV from that angle, so we solved the problem by installing a projector and screen in the office area. Now it all works.
What Friends Say: Where is all your stuff?
Biggest Embarrassment: We don’t have a bed. Our mattress has been on 2x4’s since we moved in because we can’t agree on one. Christian likes low to the ground, platform, no headboard. Amy likes wood headboards and space under the bed.
Proudest DIY: Planning the kitchen renovation. It took a few months, but we are really happy with our choices. We demolished the wall between the living area and kitchen and created one open space. It transformed the way we use the apartment and entertain.
Biggest Indulgence: The kitchen countertop was quite expensive for our budget. It’s a lot of square footage and it added up quickly. Christian insisted that we should get what we like. So we did. It was worth it.
Best Advice: Don’t buy anything if you don’t know where it will go when you take it home. Everything has to have a spot.
Resources of Note:
- Couch – Gus Modern Spencer Sofa
- Rug – ABC Home and Carpet
- Entertainment Unit – LAX Series Mash Studios
- Pillow – “Lets Make Out” – Alexandra Ferguson on etsy.com
- Lighting – Ikea
- Art—Lakepoint Tower (next to the TV)- by Aaron Stephan, Sketch (near the kitchen) – by Amy’s Grandfather
- Bar – Design Within Reach Stacked Shelving by JDS Architects
- Table – Passed down from Amy’s grandmother
- Chairs – Ikea Gilbert
- Art – Print from Yellowstone National Park
- Lighting – Cluster Glass Pendant, West Elm
- Overhead: Possini Euro Design 15-Light Glass Ceiling Orbs Light,
- Duvet – Lacoste
- Pillowcases – Ikea
- Throw pillow – World Map Pillow from Chapman Place on Etsy.com
- Exercise Bike Cover – made by Christian
- Art –Marimekko Fokus Fabric on Stretched Canvas, Prints above the bed: “Somewhere better than this place” and “Nowhere better than this place” from Felix Gonzalez-Torres
- Daybed – Design Within Reach
- Standing Bookcases – Design Within Reach
- Pink Toy Chest – IKEA
- Entertainment Unit – IKEA
- Rugs – Flor
- Stool – Humanscale
- Printer holder and Entertainment Unit - IKEA
- Desk – Passed down from Amy’s Grandmother
- Wood Filing Cabinet – bought from a flea market in Park Slope, Brooklyn
- Metal Filing Cabinet – Architecture Filing Cabinet
- Art –Russian Advertisements bought on a trip to Russia, Black Marilyn bought from an artist on a trip to South Africa.
Thanks, Amy and Christian!
(Images: Jill Slater)
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