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Location: Brooklyn, NY
Size: 400 sqft, 1-bdrm rental
Years Lived In: 1.5 years
Abby's apartment slopes, at times precipitously, but it is all hers, with a great view of the Brooklyn Port and her own garden in the sky.
She's moved around a lot--Santa Fe, Philadelphia, New Orleans--but what seems to have stuck is her love of Mexican folk art and the desert aesthetic. The other big impact on her immediate surroundings is that Abby, a landscape architect, is partial to "all things green."
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Abby has accumulated many things over the years as well and is wary of hiding too many of them away. She enjoys being triggered by memories or potential projects rather than remaining blissfully ignorant of her past with everything packed away behind closed doors or even worse, in storage.
Her decor is often funny as well as colorful and from diverse sources. It looks like Abby's apartment will soon burst at its seams. Abby, aware of this, is already looking for the next destination.
Inspiration: Mexican Day of the Dead shrines
Favorite Element: All things that are growing, but especially my cactus
Biggest Challenge: Sensory overload, but if I can’t see it, I might forget I have it.
What Friends Say: It’s cozy, colorful, cute, and so “Abby”
Biggest Embarrassment: Stinky kitty litter box in the living room.
Proudest DIY: Converted wooden printer type drawers into eraser collection display cases.
Biggest Indulgence: The iMac, which saves me about a whole square foot of space.
Best Advice: “Don’t cry over anything that can’t cry over you.” A quote from my Great Grandma Pearl.
Dream Source: “The Dictionary of Imaginary Places”
Originally posted on March 7th, 2007