This Closet-Less Brooklyn Rental Apartment Required Creative Storage Solutions
Name: Katherine Guanche and fiancé
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 1 month, renting
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: Sam is an actor/theater maker and Katherine is a luxury home organizer for The Neat Method NYC.
This apartment is the perfect showcase of our combined personalities, a fun and colorful display of art and memories with every item having its own curated place. It is both functional and pretty, while maximizing the use of the railroad style layout.
I am an organizer by trade but an artist at heart. What attracted me to to New York was its endless possibilities and freedom to express oneself in every capacity and I do my best to reflect that in my home. This Bushwick apartment is both an homage to my colorful Latin roots and the bohemian style that drew me to Brooklyn in the first place. I love positivity and color, and having everything in a place where it can be both used and displayed.
Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Eclectic, Colorful, Organized, Cozy, Cheerful
What is your favorite room and why? While I enjoy every room in my home, the dining room has a special place in my heart. First, the painted stencil wall took me nearly 12 hours to complete and ties the room together in a way that really excites me. This room also features our custom handmade cherrywood table from Fabulous Furniture in the Catskills, while also showcasing our love of games and music on all sides. This is a room where we come together to eat, play, party, and gather with friends and family.
What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The last thing I bought was a variety of decorative baskets for storage solutions around my home. Since this apartment didn’t come with any closets, I had to be thoughtful about storage and find ways to display items that were previously hidden away. By using variations on the water hyacinth, wicker, and seagrass baskets, I was able to tie all areas of the home together while storing my miscellaneous belongings in an aesthetically pleasing way.
Any advice for creating a home you love? I believe that one’s home should be a sanctuary that you love, from the moment you open your eyes in the morning and a place you long to return back to at the end of the day. Whatever your style is, putting elements together that you truly love will make wherever you live feel like home.
This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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