Name: Giulia Location: Park Slope, Brooklyn Size: 900 sqft, one-bdrm co-op Years lived in: 1.5 years
Designed to be every 'girl's fantasy' Giulia's new home is a much more accurate reflection of her taste and preference than her last living situation.Harper's Magazine and is writing a memoir with recipes due out next year. She is a wonderful host and takes etiquette seriously. I arrived and was greeted with hot apple muffins! The one exception, according to Giulia is "when people come over for dinner, I show them my closets and it's wrong."
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Inspiration: My childhood fantasies of what a grown-up apartment should be.
Favorite Element: The unexpected sunlight
Biggest Challenge: Lack of a place to put a broom and mop.
What Friends Say: No one can help being impressed, but that may just be because I expect them to be and they are good friends.
Biggest Embarrassment: Sometimes my oven goes on fire or develops a smoke condition, this always happens when I am entertaining.
Proudest DIY: My wireless speaker system: I can listen to the same music simultaneously in the living room, bedroom, and kitchen. Men can't believe I was able to hook it up all by myself.
Biggest Indulgence: The roman shades in my bedroom. I choose my bedroom paint color to match the shades that were left by the previous owner; it didn't. The shades I bought cost more then it did to paint the entire apartment.
Best Advice: Only date people who don’t own anything of their own. You don't want to end up living with someone with a lot of possessions that will cloud your carefully-conceived vision. I look for Marxists, or the homeless who have no more than a rucksack full of stuff.
Dream Source: The Paris Apartment on East 1st Street.