This Brooklyn Apartment Uses the Color Black to Add Loads of Coziness
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Name: Matt, Roxy, Prescott and Bamboo Michaud
Location: Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Size: 1,000 square feet
Type of Home: Two-bedroom apartment with a roof deck
Years lived in: 2 years, owned
Roxy Michaud works as a Production Designer for film, creating movie sets for characters that feel authentic and lived-in. And she absolutely considers the home she shares with her husband as a sort of set of their lives. “It is the collection of pieces and trinkets from our travels and important moments with friends and family. It is where we come to relax and cozy up from the all the chaos of New York City,” she writes.
It’s also a reflection of both their backgrounds. “One thing I really tried to incorporate in our home is a slice of my roots,” Roxy begins. “I was born and raised in the Philippines and I wanted to bring in the textures of my home. This meant having a lot of wicker, dark wood, bamboo and greenery. Also having spoon and fork artwork hanging over the dining room is very Filipino! My husband, who is from the East Coast, is more used to the cozy, cold climate so having to marry the two was so much fun. Also, since we both work in the film industry, there are a lot of elements to our home that showcase that.”
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Being a production designer for film, people assume I am extremely savvy in interior design and decorating, but what I really do is create worlds for the characters and make sure the sets look lived in and authentic. That being said, our style is simply personal to who we are. We collect things we like and prioritize things that function to our lifestyle.
Inspiration: Traveling and seeing the world is one thing that inspires me when designing and decorating. Art and films also are a great inspiration for me.
Favorite Element: Our favorite room in the house is the living area because of the working fireplace that really makes the space more cozy for New York City living. Also having a lot of natural light coming in is pretty great. The kitchen is also a pretty special part of our home. Having a functional kitchen really inspired us to cook more.
Biggest Challenge: Apart from the fireplace and skylight, our home was lacking special architectural features. It was a blank canvas. The layout of the apartment also was a challenge because most rooms are narrow. We also didn’t have a huge renovation budget so we had to prioritize and think outside the box to make the space more unique and functional.
Proudest DIY: It’s not quite a DIY project but transforming the tiny second bedroom into a functioning home office, guest bedroom, and laundry room is something we’re so proud of. We loved how it turned out and we love the custom desk and shelves that really make use of the space the best way it can.
Biggest Indulgence: Our insanely deep sofa from CB2, it’s basically a bed. Worth every penny.
Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? I think what makes our home unique is the use of the color black as an accent color. Usually people associate the color to a minimalistic design, but I think it’s a really good color to use to make the space feel more warm and cozy.
What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? My favorite piece is the black and white checkered chair from Betsu Studio and the vintage double-faced clock from Etsy that I really hunted down when we were first making mood boards for our home. I also love our posters that we’ve collected from different museums we’ve visited in our travels.
Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small space maximizing and/or organizing tips you have: Tidy as you go! If you have a tiny space, keeping everything organized makes the rooms feel more spacious.
Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? Having a color palette when decorating is pretty helpful. Also, surround your home with things that make you happy!
PAINT & COLORS
- Living Room —Behr “Maui Mist”
- Bedroom —Behr “Living Stream”
- Office —Behr “Rainforest”
This house tour’s responses were edited for length and clarity.
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