Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Size: 553 square feet studio
Years lived in: 10 months
This is Rebecca's first solo apartment after living with a string of roommates. It is also her first time attempting to design a home. But, because she is efficient, driven, and pragmatic, she studied up, learned the ropes, and jumped right in.
Rebecca read all she could find, researched online and off, and realized that she could put together a home inspired by her new couches — clean lines with a bit of mid-century flair. Once she had a style roadmap, Rebecca was empowered, moving boldly into new territory.
The result is a striking pallette of color, some great flea market and excavated craigslist finds, some well researched new stuff, and IKEA to fill in the gaps. It's simple, accessible, and instantly appealing.
Apartment Therapy Survey
Style: My style seems to fall in the realm of mid-century... a mix of different styles from that era, a little bit of Hollywood Regency, a little bit of the clean lines of the Danish mid-century modern, and a little bit of the classic colorful floral from the mid-sixties.
Inspiration: The very first items I purchased for this apartment were the couches. I went to Macy's with a good friend who is an interior designer. I fell in love with the clean lines and tufted backs of these couches, which my friend informed me were reminiscent of mid-century modern design. Once I had the couches, I researched what this mid-century modern style was, as I was a complete design virgin. From there, I fell in love with elements of this style, and found that I could express myself within it. I was sold.
Favorite Element: The Expedit Room Divider — it provides not only a separation for the sleeping alcove, but an amazing amount of storage and shelf space. Because the shelves are so deep I'm able to use one side as a book case and the sleeping alcove side as a shelf for bedroom type things that I want to hide, like body lotion, Kleenex, etc. Since I don't have a door to the bedroom, it's important that things can be hidden.
Biggest Challenge: Putting things up on the wall. I will buy a print or piece of art I love and then spend weeks figuring out what to do with it, where to put it, and how to place it. This is something with which I could still use a great deal of improvement.
What Friends Say: My friends are really impressed with what I have done with the apartment — how warm and welcoming it feels even though it is such a small space. Everyone says it feels like a home.
Biggest Embarrassment: My closets, don't open them, stuff will fall on your head.
Proudest DIY: The painted walls. I single-handedly (or shall I say single-brushedly/rollerly) painted every single darn wall in this apartment, save for the gumdrop wall. Prior to moving into this apartment, I had never painted a wall or a shelf in my entire life, so this was a big step. There is a rhyme, reason, story, and tale for each color chosen. I agonized over it all, and am so proud of how it turned out.
Biggest Indulgence: The Herman Miller Eames table in the dining room. It's not the most expensive thing in the apartment, but it was something I just had to have and it was totally not in my budget. I use it all the time and love the way it works, so it was totally worth it.
Best Advice: Don't buy the first thing you see. Bookmark it in your head and do research online. Ebay, Craigslist, and Google similar items. Sometimes with a little bit of research you can find a better resource, a lower price, or realize it's not the right item for you. However, if you can't stop thinking about it, get it!
Dream Source: This is not a real source in that it is not a real store, but I am absolutely in love with the sets of Mad Men (shocking, I'm sure). If the set designers were to open a store that would be my dream source. I mean did you see those red and blue couches at SCDP?!?!? They're amazing!
- • Purple Circle Rug: Flor Tiles
• Hutch: Craigslist
• Overhead Light: Restoration Hardware
• Paint: Meditation, Benjamin Moore
- • Couches: Macys.com
• TV stand: Ikea
• Nesting Tables: Ikea
• Pillows: Ikea and Pier One
• Rug: Crate and Barrel
• Paint: Gumdrop, Benjamin Moore; Meditation, Benjamin Moore
• Floor Lamp: CB2
• Side Table and Lamp: Go Green Village Antiques
- • Table: Highbrow Furniture.com
• Chairs: Ebay
• Rug: Flor Tiles
• Sideboard: Ikea
• Mirror: Ikea
• Cake stand: Target
• Candlestick Holders: Ikea
• Paint: Gumdrop, Benjamin Moore
• Plates: My mom
• Cupcakes: By me
- • Bed: Macys.com
• Dresser and Lamp Base: Go Green Village Antiques
• Boxes: Ikea
• Lampshade: Lamps Plus
• Headboard: Target.com
• Sheets/Comforter/Shams: Dwell Studio for Target
• Frames: Urban Outfitters
• Rug: Ikea
• Paint: Back wall — Wadsworth Gray (Regent Metallics), Ralph Lauren Home; Side Walls — Coventry Gray, Benjamin Moore
• Room Divider: Ikea
- • Toilet: Toto
• Fixtures: Grohe and Restoration Hardware
• Towels, Rug & Shower Curtain: Macys.com
• 1957, 1958, and 1959 Playboys: Ugly Luggage
• Frames: thepaperframer.com
• Clock: CWS Stores
• Paint: Splish Splash, California Paints
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