Name: Veronica Chan
Location: Long Island City — Queens, New York
Size: 775 square feet + 716 square foot terrace
Years lived in: 4
There aren't many things more valuable than a true kitchen space in New York — other than an amazing rooftop garden. This high-rise home isn't full of clutter and is filled with only the basics. You'll find treasured artwork bought overseas, fantastic light fixtures. A glimpse of this homeowner is a bit like Where's Waldo. Can you find her hiding in this Tour?
Veronica lives in an 8 story condo building in Long Island City and although many might find the idea of living near family dreadful — this girl likes to keep them close! Her sister who attends Vassar and lives up in Poughkeepsie stays with her during the summers and her parents live right next door. As a family they share the rooftop space and all the gardening chores. By day Veronica is the Director of Digital Strategy for a food start-up company named Gojee and by nights writes the ever fun food blog, World To Table. Her home might feel basic and bland to some, but for others it's the right amount of calm for a busy city girl to retreat to at night. Ready for the Tour?
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Clean and simple with a few bold accents thrown in. I used to be a fiend for bright colors (at one point I owned a highlighter-yellow winter jacket), but I've swung to the opposite end of the spectrum since then. Now I tend to stick to a more neutral palette when it comes to clothing and decor. Sometimes I still get the urge to go color crazy — hence the mustard yellow bathroom color.
Inspiration: I either like something because of its functionality or sentimentality. I like things with a good story or memory associated to it. For instance, I bought the three little doll head planters (the ones with the cacti growing out of their heads) as a birthday gift for my sister Kelly from Plants on the Brain because it reminded me of my favorite neighborhood restaurant, M. Wells, where they have several plants on the brain too.
Favorite Element: The rooftop definitely takes the cake — especially in the summertime when the garden is in full bloom.
Biggest Challenge: Making use of my parents' old furniture. Sometimes I'll make some minor tweaks, like switching a knob here and there.
What Friends Say: Everyone loves the view from my windows, and of course the rooftop!
Biggest Embarrassment: My bedroom is pretty bleh, but I wouldn't say it's embarrassing. It's a work in progress!
Proudest DIY: I didn't really do it myself, but there was a Moroccan candle lantern from Imports from Marrakesh at the Chelsea Market that I converted into a lamp. It immediately caught my eye because it reminded me a lot of the Czech Cubism in Prague, but it had a cracked glass pane. I haggled the price down and found a guy specializing in lamp repairs to fix it and stick in a light socket. He also did the same with another thrift store find (the light fixture from my bedroom) that I got for just $15!
Biggest Indulgence: I splurged on the pencil drawing by Wilson Shieh above my dining room table. It was from Osage Gallery, my aunt's gallery in Hong Kong where I interned in the summers during high school. I picked out this piece for my apartment because I thought it was funny that it said "upstairs yakitori" and "downstairs sashimi".
Best Advice: Let things come together organically. You find the best things when you're not out hunting for it.
Dream Sources: Flea Markets, Vintage Stores, Etsy!
Resources of Note:
• Sofa: Housing Works
• Mona Lisa Pillow: Housing Works
• Macau Chairs: Ballard
• Table: IKEA via Craigslist
• Light: Imports from Imports from Marrakesh
• Bench: IKEA
• Tchotchke Shelf: IKEA
• Art: "Japanese Yacht" by Wilson Shieh. "Friend and Foe" by Victor Balanon
• TV Credenza: Crate & Barrel
• Wooden table near window with removable tray: Pottery Barn
• Refrigerator: Liebherr
• Oven / Stove: Bosch
• Kitchen Vent: Zephyr
• Shelves: IKEA
• Light: Restoration Hardware
Images: Veronica Chan
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