Name:James Bolenbaugh Location: Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, New York Size: 540 square feet, 1 bedroom Years lived in: 1 year; owned
It may come as no surprise that someone working in the movie industry would be surrounded by beautiful things, but James Bolenbaugh takes this beauty to a whole other level. Taught the skill of craftsmanship by his grandfather, James learned how to build by hand, appreciating the weathered look of refurbished wood rather than plastic veneers at a young age. To top it off, James has installed an envy-inducing movie projection screen, which descends from the ceiling, where he has also installed tin panels with his bare hands. James' DIY handcrafted touch is everywhere as we celebrate the anniversary of his Brooklyn home ownership — he moved in exactly a year ago today.
Name: Francis Location: Hell's Kitchen; New York, NY Size: 560 square feet Years lived in: 4 years; rented Time Hosting on Airbnb: 3 Months
As a youngster growing up in Greece, Francis says that he was enchanted by Liza Minnelli's classic "New York, New York" - and always dreamed of living there. True to his dream, he became a professional ballet dancer, studied in Europe, and then finally packed two suitcases and a few thousand dollars and set out across the ocean.
Francis now lives in a dream apartment just a few blocks from Times Square, complete with a backyard barbecue and cozy outdoor breakfast nook draped in ivy. He's made some nuanced but jaw-dropping renovations to his rental home, and the effect is modern, expansive, and cozy.
Name: Luke and Sophie Doyle and their dog, Chester Location: Melville, Western Australia Size: 450 square meters (4,843 square feet) Years lived in: 3 years; Owned
Sophie is a marketing adviser for an agricultural company by day, but it is her role as Creative Director for her business, Design Horde, that is her true passion. She loves nothing more than sourcing one-off home wares and pieces of furniture and from the '60s and '70s for her clients in Western Australia—although she finds it hard not to use all those beautiful pieces in her own home! Sophie’s house is a gorgeous collection of Mid-century and contemporary furniture and accessories with the perfect dash of quirk thrown into the mix.
Name: Ben and Heidi Yardley and their cat, Nico Location: North Melbourne; Victoria, Australia Size: 2500 square feet Years lived in: 5 years; Rented
Heidi and Ben's home is located down a quaint cobblestone lane that's slightly overgrown with trees and shrubs. As you enter through the gate, it's like stepping back in time or traveling to Europe. Many homes in the area have undergone extensive renovation, but luckily for Heidi and Ben, their house has only received minor restoration and a simple conversion from its previous use as a horse stable into an open plan studio and home. It retains a sense of history from its previous use and suits the creative couple's aesthetic and style.
Name: Michael Location: Bed-Stuy; Brooklyn, NY Size: 630 square feet (1400 square feet with backyard) Years lived in: 1 years in apartment; 4 years in the same building; rented Years Hosting on Airbnb: 1 Year
Michael is an architect and a designer, and you can tell the minute you walk in the door. Down to the hidden stitching on his collaboratively designed couch, everything in his Brooklyn apartment is hand-sewn, stylish and welcoming.
Name:Sam Location: West Village; New York City Size: 300 square feet Years lived in: 1 Year; Rented
Keeping her home clear of clutter and displaying only the things she loves gives Sam's 300-square-foot home in the West Village a spacious feel. Meanwhile, light from the many windows, pops of color, and the warm, neutral tones of her decor go a long way towards making it feel welcoming, comfortable, and soothing.
Name: Madelyn Baker Location: New York City Size: 900 square feet Years Lived In: 25 years, rented
As a Stylist for Calypso St.Barth, Madelyn Baker's home is a clear example of her personal style and taste. When she is not using her eye as a stylist she utilizes her creativity helping clients with their home design and taking photos. Her vision is clear and her home feels serene and has a beautiful dream-like quality that can give a dreary winter day in the city a bright and warm feeling.
Name: Joey, aka "Joey the Cat" Location: Mission District of San Francisco, CA Size: 747 square feet Years lived in: 4 years; owned Years hosting on Airbnb: Over 5 years
The moment you walk into "Joey the Cat's" Mission District loft, you feel like you were just granted access to a secret world where you're allowed to have fun, even though you are a fully grown adult. It's sophisticated, it's modern, it's bold, and right in front of the big beautiful front windows is a giant skeeball machine right out of your childhood.