This TikToker Spent $20k on Her Rent-Stabilized Apartment, and Says Every Penny’s Been Worth It

published Mar 13, 2023

This TikToker Spent $20k on Her Rent-Stabilized Apartment, and Says Every Penny’s Been Worth It

published Mar 13, 2023
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Name: Brigette Muller (@hummusbirrd on TikTok) and cat, Ollie
Location: Greenpoint — Brooklyn, New York
Size: 560 square feet
Type of home: Railroad apartment
Years lived in: 1.5 years, renting
Rent: $2200 a month (rent-stabilized)

“As soon as I walked into this space, I knew it was my apartment. I just felt it,” begins full-time content creator Brigette Muller, who posts about renovating and decorating as @hummusbirrd on Instagram and TikTok. “I found it on Craigslist and immediately fell in love with all the charm. Beautiful arches, original tin ceiling and moulding, built-in cabinets, white wood floors, and a fireplace mantel. I was in love.”

Brigette’s rental is a railroad apartment built in 1928, and she says it’s located on a quiet little street “around the corner from the calmest park. Sure, the bathroom doesn’t have a sink, but that was not enough to deter me from this dream space. It’s rent-stabilized, too. And came complete with a landlord who allows me to make any changes I want to the space (as long as I’m paying, haha). And so I’ve made a ton of changes,” writes Brigette. “It’s the first space I’ve lived in that truly feels like my own.”

Credit: Erin Derby

Apartment Therapy Survey

My style: French eclectic with a romantic touch.

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Inspiration: I’m super inspired by French design, the Victorian Era, nature, and antiques in general.

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Favorite element: I have two favorite spots in my apartment: The wall of shelves in my living room (I just had this installed a couple months ago and it turned out incredible), and the little breakfast nook area in my kitchen (I’m actually sitting here as I type this).

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Proudest DIY: I love this little sideboard in my kitchen. I found the piece at a thrift store, gave it a fresh coat of paint, added some baskets underneath, and topped it with a piece of marble that I had custom cut when I was updating my countertop. It’s so simple and so sweet — I just love it.


Credit: Erin Derby


  • White walls, trim, floor — Behr “Swiss Coffee”
  • Kitchen cabinets — Benjamin Moore “Swiss Coffee”
  • Blue bedroom — Clare “Chill”
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  • Amelia sofa — Sixpenny
  • Yolanda round ottoman — Overstock
  • Gleaming primrose mirror in gold — Anthropologie
  • Megan swivel chair — World Market
  • Sage green linen curtains — Etsy
  • Solange arch mirror — Wayfair
  • Marble side table — Vintage
  • Brass and crystal chandelier — Vintage
  • Glass oval coffee table — Vintage
  • Brown footstool — Vintage
  • Art — Vintage
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  • Corsican iron canopy bed — Jack and Jill Boutique
  • Gauze linen curtains — Etsy
  • Gold pillow cover — Etsy
  • Light fixture — Vintage from Etsy
  • Mirror — Vintage from Etsy


Thanks, Brigette!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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