I grew up in a brownstone, so I love living in one again. We love having an open space that feels surprisingly big for its size. Most of all we love entertaining with our open kitchen and being in our garden. Our home feels like an oasis.
Our home was once the parlor of an old ship captain's home that was built in the 1800s, so it has a lot of rich history and architectural details that we fell in love with the second we set foot in the space. The big windows that bring in a ton of natural light, the high ceilings with crown molding, and the working fireplace that's been a tad more essential than the novelty we originally thought are just a few of the old world features and quirks that we love so much.
My apartment is tiny but I have everything I need. Paring down to the essentials was incredibly freeing, and I could focus on quality instead of quantity when it comes to furniture and deco items. My home is bathed in natural light all day and the surroundings are so green that I usually just throw open all windows and doors to let nature in.
1. The light! We are surrounded by windows on three sides, so tons of light comes into the house, which makes us and the plants very happy.
2. The bright colors in the living room and kitchen, and our serene bedroom.
3. Washing dishes while having a view of our vegetable garden.
4. That we were able to stay within a small budget since almost everything was purchased second-hand.
When we first saw this apartment we knew it was for us because of the spatial qualities. Both the light and the proportions create this. It works well for the two us in our daily lives and for small gatherings with our friends.
The coziness of my "teeny-tiny" home is what I love. My apartment decor can be described as 50s-60s mid-century modern, with a secondary lake home cabin feel. The equestrian and collegiate look of my apartment is tied in with details of plaids and antlers, and nautical accents bring out the coziness and nostalgic feel I love to come home to after work. I also love the memories that the decor reminds me of -- from family picnics with the Skotch Kooler, to playing croquet in the backyard, and always arguing over who would have to sleep with the itchy wool Hudson Bay blanket at grandma’s. My apartment is my sanctuary; it is a place I’m glad to call home. I know it may be small, but it brings me inspiration, solitude and relaxation. I hope my décor inspires every guest that steps into my home. I hope it gives them a homey feeling and allows them to be transported back to a simpler time of family, friends, and fun.
I love the sense of disconnect my home brings in the evenings when I get home from work, and the laughter that comes out of it when my friends visit. Not to mention the courtyard downstairs, which has a “Melrose Place” feel and adds entertainment space for visitors. I've been here for just over a year, and before moving I lived in a 2bed/2bath for two years. The transition really forced me to downsize by only holding on to “things” that were being used, and possessions that had personal significance. Most of the furniture is IKEA, and the decor pieces I've purchased on my travels or inherited from family members. I enjoy displaying records I borrow from my dad’s collection and photos I've taken over the years as artwork. These items remind me of places I've been and the people I love.
We knew the apartment was perfect for us from all the natural lighting and the open floor plan. Although we are only on the third floor of our apartment building, we live on a hill that gives us great elevation so we can see the Manhattan skyline and the bay. Also, the second bedroom that we decided to utilize as our living room gives us the space to accommodate guests, and there is never a shortage of guests when you live in NYC.
The light! For our first three years in New York, we lived in a studio that faced a brick wall. Now, we wake up to daylight every day and love how it illuminates our entire space. Even though we've upgraded to windows with a view, one of the most challenging aspects of life in Manhattan is still the price tag - not just for square footage, but for furnishings and decor. In our effort to create a beautiful apartment on a budget, we've mixed old with new, high-end with flea-market, and store bought with DIY. Without a doubt, our favorite pieces are the ones with a story, or that we've made ourselves. Though, don't get me wrong, we wouldn't mind trading in my aunt's hand-me-down sectional segment for a new couch!