, Jitka Kluglova
& Nelly the dogLocation:
Park, Queens, New YorkSize:
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.
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.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Combination
of modern, mid-century & traditional elements
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
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
paint colors have to work with my artworks and furniture
brand (living room)
own paintings & drawings created over the years
skull & horns from a trip to New Orleans
& Barrel TV cabinet & vintage square mirror
- Leather sofa
coffee table purchased on esty.com
& 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
imported kitchen cabinets & counter tops
- Bosch appliances
drawers from overstock.com
from Bed, Bath & Beyond
- Marble wall tiles
- Slate floor tiles
- American standard toilet & tub
Thanks, Michael & Jitka!
(Images: Andrea Sparacio, who went to FIT with Michael Sheng)
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