I love the downtown city views, the abundance of natural light from the windows and high ceilings, and being surrounded by the pieces that I have fastidiously selected and restored over the years. It is also special and unique that my home is in a landmark building that throughout its storied history has played host to a major regional bank, an NPR Radio Station, various Federal war agencies during the Second World War, and even an NFL Team! The quirks it has developed out of necessity over the years give it a truly unique character.
I love how personal it is. I think of it as my "beaux nouveau" apartment, since it has art nouveau touches in a Beaux Arts building. The front room is almost solemn, with artwork from the Baltics. The Cherner chairs still, unfortunately, have water lines from surviving a flood in Houston. The bed-sit in the back is cozier, with art mostly from Macedonia. I loved designing the window seat room divider. Mostly my apartment reminds me of how lucky I am to have lived in many places, and they're all here together, in miniature, in my apartment.
The apartment’s location, and its expansive windows, exposed brick, and hand-picked mid-century modern furnishings. It is a complement and at times a compromise to both of our styles. In a bachelor pad, every inch has to be accounted for, so selecting pieces that are versatile with punches of quirky character has worked well for us so far in creating our very own mid-century mod pod.
There is a lot to love about my small home, but my favorite thing would have to be how much it reflects the fun, colorful, and artistic personalities of both myself and my boyfriend, Matt. It feels very inviting, with quirky surprises lurking around every corner. This is our first place together, and the smallest place that either one of us has lived in. The square footage, ended up being a rather fulfilling challenge. We both work in the creative field, and own an excessive amount of art and goofy toys, which we adore. This small space helped us edit quite a bit, allowing us to choose and combine our favorite existing pieces, along with some new choices we made together.
In Hell’s Kitchen in New York City, where space is seriously limited, I feel like I’ve been able to create a little oasis that feels light and welcoming. Since I’m young, I don’t have a ton of disposable income to spend on decorating and furnishing my apartment. Because of that, I was able to take time and make just about everything I needed for way less money. From the frames and art on the walls and my breakfast table, to the over-dyed rug and duvet cover, I have made basically everything I could to stay on a budget. It feels great to live in a place I created.
I love the strong connection my house has to the natural world and the seasons. The interior surfaces of fir, pine, and cedar create a sanctuary of calm that smells divine. In every direction there are windows facing out to the trees and sky. Sunlight plays upon the interior with an ever-changing show of warm glows and shadow. As I lay in bed I see the birds swooping past the skylights in the morning hours and the stars twinkling at night. I can hear the rain, the wind, the twittering birds and the hooting owls, the coyote on the ridge, and the frogs in the swamp, all from the comfort of my dry, cozy vantage point.
My favorite part about my home is that I am always entertained by it! I love designing and DIY-ing bit by bit, and get great satisfaction from making my space come together. I also love the large windows. They fill the apartment with beautiful natural light every day.
I love that it’s comfortable. To me, comfort is the ultimate goal of home decorating, and one I was worried I wouldn’t be able to achieve when I bought my small apartment – Will I feel cramped? Will I be bumping into things all the time? Will I have to store stuff in weird and hard to reach spots? A small scale turned out to be an asset. I had the time, money (and willpower!) to design it, ensuring minimal bumping and non-weird storage solutions. And I am now able to easily maintain it, and enjoy the comfort of the space to its fullest.
Most of all, I love that I was able to design and build this tiny house myself, to meet my exact needs. I love that it symbolizes the reclaiming of the home ownership process and brings the structure of the home back to human scale. I love that it was affordable and keeps me rent and debt free. I love the light streaming in from 10 windows and an all glass door. I love the beauty and comfort of wood and other sustainably sourced materials.