Location: Studio in Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York
Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of having my own apartment in New York City. There was something about the history and charm of the big buildings that inspired me, and I loved the classical detailing that so contrasted the stucco suburb of my youth in San Diego, California. After graduating from NYU, I was ready to relocate uptown to a mellower neighborhood. After looking at over 15 apartments, I knew exactly what I wanted: lots of light, a bay window, exposed brick, and pre-war detailing. When I walked into this apartment I knew it was home. It is a wide open space that is clean and bright; it was my perfect little piece of the city.
The décor of my apartment is inspired by the elegance and charm of The Upper West Side. My apartment looks down onto a famous French café, and my apartment definitely reflects a little bit of that European energy. I also loved this studio because of the bedroom alcove. It allows for a practical separation of spaces without segmenting my already small space.
My apartment combines romantic touches such as my crystal chandelier and feminine bed-drapery with some shabby chic elements. My most special decoration is the blown up picture of a couple kissing on New York City rooftop that you see just as you open the door. The picture is incredibly special to me because it is a photo of my grandparents from 1937 and I recently discovered it in an old box. I personally restored it and blew it up to 2 by 3 feet. In that photo my grandmother is 22 and was also attending NYU, which is a very special connection.
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