Michael & Jitka’s Artfully Combined Townhouse

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Name:  Michael Sheng, Jitka Kluglova & Nelly the dog
Location:  Rego Park, Queens, New York
Size:  Single-family town house (about 1200 square feet)
Years lived in: 5 years; owned

Michael & Jitka are both artists; Michael is a classically trained illustrator, a fine artist, and sells his beautiful paintings on Etsy. Jitka is a makeup artist and aesthetician. Together for over a decade, these two artists combine sensibilities in their modern home, with renovations and style that have given this older townhouse in Queens a bright and airy feel.

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Every room has at the least once piece of Michael's original art, whether current or from college days. But Jitka is never left out, in fact, nearly every painting is of her; Jitka is Michael's muse, inspiration, and model. Both of their backgrounds have been combined in simple touches throughout the house. Jitka is from Czech Republic, the embroidered napkins were handmade by her mother 30 years ago. In addition to his art, Michael's travels have caused him to come home with a bull skull from New Orleans and plants from botanical gardens. The room divider is absolutely stunning and came from a friend who collects Middle Eastern furniture, which is full of inlays from different wood. Nelly is a happy dog who welcomes you into every room and is uninhibited about having her photo taken at a moment's notice.

The artsy couple are expecting their first baby next month, so we got to catch up with them in the calm before the (diaper) storm. Best wishes to you both! We hope to revisit when the baby room is ready to go.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Combination of modern, mid-century & traditional elements 

Inspiration: Multi-cultures & travel

Favorite Element: There is no one favorite element, it’s about the combination of elements

Biggest Challenge: Renovation & ongoing maintenance

What Friends Say: “When are you going to have your next party?”

Biggest Embarrassment: Clogged toilet during party

Proudest DIY: Interior decoration

Biggest Indulgence: Drinking beer on the front porch

Best Advice: Never rush, interior decoration is a natural evolution, it develops as your taste develops or changes and that can take years or longer

Dream Sources: Beijing & Restoration Hardware

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Resources of Note:

PAINT & COLORS

  • All paint colors have to work with my artworks and furniture
  • BEHR brand (living room)

ENTRY

  • My own paintings
  • Peacock feathers

LIVING ROOM

  • My own paintings & drawings created over the years
  • Bull skull & horns from a trip to New Orleans
  • Crate & Barrel TV cabinet & vintage square mirror
  • Leather sofa from Macy’s
  • Mid-century coffee table purchased on esty.com

DINING ROOM

  • Crate & Barrel dinning table & mid-century style dinning chairs from overstock.com
  • Chinese antique window shutter wall display
  • Large portrait of artist’s wife
  • Old chandelier from previous owner of the house

KITCHEN

  • Italian imported kitchen cabinets & counter tops
  • Bosch appliances

BEDROOM

  • Leather platform bed
  • Modern drawers from overstock.com
  • Curtains from Bed, Bath & Beyond

BATHROOM

  • Marble wall tiles
  • Slate floor tiles
  • American standard toilet & tub

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Thanks, Michael & Jitka!

(Images: Andrea Sparacio, who went to FIT with Michael Sheng)

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Andrea Sparacio is an Artist & Illustrator with a passion for interior décor. She enjoys photographing and writing about how we creatively use the space we live and work. Andrea lives in Brooklyn and can be found at artsparrow.com

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