House Tour: Vanessa's Picture Perfect Home

New York

Name: Vanessa and Simon
Location: Gramercy Park
Size: 500 sqft., 2-bdrm. rental
Favorite Element: Light

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Vanessa, a web designer, draws a parallel between organizing her belongings and designing web sites. She finds they both present the same challenge — how to accommodate a lot of stuff into a small amount of space...

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When Vanessa looks around her apartment, she translates the objects she sees into web content that has to be organized.

Vanessa lives in this relatively small space with her boyfriend Simon who apparently also shares her joy in organizing. For example, their most recent work in progress has been to inventory all their DVD's and present the results in something akin to a high-end restaurant menu.

For two people to live here, they must be diligent about clutter, hiding the clutter they have, and putting away anything and everything immediately after it is used, looked at, worn, or eaten.

Vanessa clearly excels at creating a beautiful and livable space, with lots of hiding spots.

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Years lived in: 1.5
Inspiration: sunlight, nature, old industrial spaces
My/Our style: modern, eclectic, earthy, industrial
Most embarrassing: the sofa that doesn't fit
Proudest DIY: my mahogany and stainless steel bench
Most Talked About Element:metal sculptures
Best advice received: Do what makes you happy!
Best advice given: Be impulsive
Room changed most frequently: living room
Three words to describe my home: Simon says, "west.elm.vanessa"

Sources:
Custom Made Mirrors — King David Gallery
Shelving in Bedroom Closet: Container Store

Check out Vanessa's Flickr tour of her place!

Do you have an idea for a house tour? Let me know! jill AT apartmenttherapy DOT com

Originally Posted by Jill on August 23rd, 2006

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