East #8: Trilby's New York Minute Retreat

Name: Trilby
Location: Village, NY
Size: 440
Rent/Own: Rent

What is the advantage of SMALL? Everything you desire within reach, “SMALL” is manageable, cozy, and convenient. A New York minute- sized apartment beseeches the opportunity to be inventive, sparking creativity to fashion an efficient yet elegant space....

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What's your favorite resource for your home?

My many travels and adventures cross country to antique and collectible shops of Americana and beyond.

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home?

This 1840's hotel-converted-and-handcrafted into small and oh-so-cool apartments of detailed molding and original fixtures (claw-footed bath, brass doorknobs and hand-carved column fireplace) with shared wrought iron cage elevator implores me to surround myself in its yesteryear and voyage in my mind’s eye back to a simpler time, as I become a part of its history with the help of mid-century décor.

From a 1947 Westinghouse Roaster Oven keeping my linens to authentic 1969 Kartell Roundups doing double duty as dressers and side tables for aesthetic storage, I have created a wondrous and stylistic journey through time. I marvel at my lovely 440 sq ft retreat and wonder aloud “Who has lived here before me?”

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