A 350-Square-Foot, Sun-Drenched Brooklyn Studio

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Name: Kayte and Emerald the cat
Location: Bed-Stuy — Brooklyn, New York
The basics: 2 months, rented, 350 square feet

Kayte and her cat have packed plenty of style and storage (and stylish storage) into their small, yet light-filled Brooklyn studio.

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I live in Bed-Stuy, a diverse Brooklyn neighborhood. Here the tree-lined streets frame historic brownstones and bodegas are found on every corner. Neighbors nod while crossing paths and strangers share sounds across echoing blocks.

My 1908 apartment building is nestled in between others and practically blends in with the sky on an overcast day. Take four narrow flights of stairs up and you will find my humble studio, the smallest and most expensive place I have ever called home.

The sun drenched space balances the character of wooden floors with my appreciation for modern appliances. Blank walls highlight “how to be an artist” and Bob Dylan’s silhouette. Stripes and primary palettes pop up where plants share ledges with a finicky feline. Air circulates palo santo and P.F. Candle Co. scents. Hints of nautical themes and swan figurines are spread throughout. Music is always audible, and every placement has purpose.

After many extended hours of unpacking, hanging, searching and feng-shuing, I am happily at ease now in my aesthetically pleasing abode.

What is your favorite room and why? I would say my bathroom… every element of design came together so well in there.

If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? The thickness of the walls.

Which fictional character would be most at home in your place? Penny Lane (Lady Goodman) from Almost Famous.

Any advice for creating a home you love? Stay loose. Cultivate moods. Refuse to be responsible. Have wild imaginings.

Open up. Dive in. Be free.


Thanks, Kayte!

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