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.
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.
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
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- All paint colors have to work with my artworks and furniture
brand (living room)
- My own paintings
- My own paintings & drawings created over the years
skull & horns from a trip to New Orleans
& Barrel TV cabinet & vintage square mirror
- Leather sofa from Macy’s
coffee table purchased on esty.com
- Crate & Barrel dinning table & mid-century style dinning chairs from overstock.com
- Chinese antique window shutter wall display
- Large portrait of artist’s wife
chandelier from previous owner of the house
- Italian imported kitchen cabinets & counter tops
- Bosch appliances
- Leather platform bed
drawers from overstock.com
from Bed, Bath & Beyond
- Marble wall tiles
- Slate floor tiles
- American standard toilet & tub
Thanks, Michael & Jitka!
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