Location: Meatpacking District, New York City, New York
My husband and I rent a 3rd floor walk up in the Meatpacking District. We moved from London the week that [Hurricane] Sandy hit and so our apartment search was narrowed to areas not affected by the storm, mainly Midtown and Upper West Side. When we walked around the West Village and Chelsea we fell in love with the area and knew we wanted to live here if we could afford an apartment.
After viewing a ton of apartments we turned up at this place and my husband knew instantly that this was the one. I on the other hand needed a little more convincing as the apartment is in an old attic space with sloping ceilings. I wasn't sure if we could make the space functional. But we have, and despite a few head bumps and bruises, we hardly notice anymore that we have to duck and dive around our home!
Our apartment is located in such a great neighborhood. We love the village vibe, all the great restaurants and the hustle and bustle of this area. We feel so blessed to have The High Line right on our doorstep and Chelsea market across the street for groceries and some great eats. It can get quite noisy, especially at the end of the week with the bass pumping from nearby clubs, but nothing a pair of ear plugs can't solve!
One bonus of our apartment is the large closet we have off our bedroom, the ceiling is completely sloped with the highest point at approximately five feet, but we've used it as a spare bedroom at times for all the friends and family that we've had stay from the UK! Our friend who is well over six feet even managed to stay in there for a week!
The light in our bedroom is one of my favorite things. When we first moved in I was worried about the opaque window blinds, but its been a revelation! We realized that we both need the morning light to help to wake us from our slumber.
There are some spaces in our apartment that can get rather dark at times as they are under the eaves, but that just adds to the character and coziness of this place! My favorite place to snuggle up in the winter is the little nook where our sofa is under the eaves.
My favorite item in our home is our Chesterfield leather arm chair that we found on the street in London. In fact that was pretty much the only piece of furniture we arrived with in New York City! I love that it has a story behind it, as well as the fact that we have something so classic in our home that we would never have been able to afford! Its also incredibly comfy. Many a visitor enjoys sitting in that chair with a whiskey! A very treasured piece is the stool that acts as a side table to the arm chair. This stool is so special as a friend made it here in New York for us. I love the different colors of the wood and the beautiful butterfly joins; it's so totally unique, we love it.
Our style is a total mish-mash and ever evolving. I'm a massive fan of keeping things as minimal as I can as too much clutter tends to stress me, but I also like my home to feel well lived in. We have a mismatch of furniture, from budget IKEA buys, to hand me downs, to street finds. I feel inspired by Scandinavian design, but love to mix with country and vintage style. I guess anything goes really in our home, as long as we love it or find it of use!
Moving from London I was shocked at the size of apartments in Manhattan and I'm so proud of how we've made this little space work for us, and embraced our sloped ceilings and even made a tiny closet work as a guest bedroom!
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(Image credits: Elizabeth Johnson)