The Twist? Comedian Catherine Cohen’s Colorful, Art-Filled NYC Home Is Gorgeous

updated Mar 17, 2020

The Twist? Comedian Catherine Cohen’s Colorful, Art-Filled NYC Home Is Gorgeous

updated Mar 17, 2020
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Name: Catherine Cohen
Location: West Village — NYC, NY
Size: …very small
Years Lived In: 1 year, renting

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On her hunt for an apartment last year, comedian Catherine Cohen kept one very specific thing in mind: She wanted it to feel like a haunted library. So when Cohen first toured the West Village one-bedroom she now lives in, she glimpsed its mirrored fireplace and built-in bookcase and thought, “Oh, this is my place. No question.”

“I just want my apartment to feel exciting and lived-in, and like someone with many stories lives here,” says the 28-year-old rising star. Her show, “The Twist?…She’s Gorgeous,” won her the best newcomer award at Edinburgh’s Fringe Fest in 2019. She also cohosts a sex and love podcast called Seek Treatment with her best friend, comedian Pat Regan, and hosts a weekly cabaret show at the East Village’s Club Cumming.

Every time Cohen sets foot on stage, there’s a good chance she’s donning sequins, a bold floral, something metallic (say, for example, this custom jumpsuit from her appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers“), or all three of those things. In her new advice column for W Mag, she answered a question about finding your personal style, concluding, “Ultimately, I can’t decide if life is short or long but I do think that it can be really boring and the best antidote to boredom is a bold outfit. So do feel free to go absolutely off.”

Cohen applies this same logic to her home, explaining she springs for bold colors and anything else that catches her attention. “It’s mostly just about color and stuff I like,” she says. “I don’t really plan it all. I just kinda go for it.”

Her look started with a velvet couch, which she says was a must from the get-go. From there, she branched out with an emerald-colored rug, and later, a “king’s red” ottoman. Cohen also knew she wanted to support her friends who were artists, and adorned the walls with their paintings and other pieces.

On Twitter she’s joked that her aesthetic is stretching out on a velvet wingback armchair, putting her hand to her temple, looking down, and saying “I worry, I do.” The Tiffany-style lamp on her desk nails that. While working on the upcoming movie “The Lovebirds,” starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, she was inspired by antique lamps she saw while filming in New Orleans and found her own version on Wayfair. “It’s so gorgeous,” she says. “It’s my bird lamp.”

Cohen also drapes her coats, purses, and iconic berets on chairs and hooks to make them part of a room. Next up, she plans to hang a floor-length metallic silver dress on a bare wall. “Down with minimalism, up with maximalism,” Cohen says. “I absolutely hate walking into the boring all-white, all-tan vibe. I’m just so over it. Yawn.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Lightly haunted royalty

Inspiration: The past, velvet, long dinner parties where a guest compliments a painting and I say “oh thanks my friend painted that,” women lounging in feathered pajamas, berets, etc.

Favorite Element: The mirrored fireplace!! Also, this painting by my friend Dan Fig. We used to have the same day job and at one point were both reading this great book, “You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine” by Alexandra Kleeman, so he included the book in the painting he made for me <3.

Biggest Challenge: I have a mini fridge that doesn’t have a freezer so if I want to have ice cream I have to eat the whole pint… somehow I’ve found a way to cope…

What Friends Say: “Can I print something?”

Biggest Embarrassment: My 12-foot long I-eat-in-bed phone charger cord that’s plugged in next to my bed 

Proudest DIY: I don’t like to do anything by myself

Biggest Indulgence: My gorgeous velvet couch. People are so casual about how much new couches cost and how difficult it is to get them up stairs.

Best Advice: Don’t wait to hang stuff up on the walls or you will literally never do it in your whole life

Dream Sources: I NEED a canopy bed that’s 1000 years old… not sure where to get that… hit me up if you have any leads



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  • Gold Velvet Couch — Article
  • Blue Velvet Pillows — Article
  • Green rug —
  • Tall Lamp — Article
  • Lovebirds Lamp — Wayfair
  • Table — West Elm
  • White Shelves — IKEA
  • Tiger rug — Aelfie
  • Grey baskets — Container Store
  • Orb Lamp — IKEA
  • Mural by Suki White, Florine Stettheimer Print, Vase by Kate Bancroft, Painting by Kate Bancroft, Painting by Dan Fig, Drawings by Max Wittert, Hallie Bateman Print, Celeste Mountjoy aka Filthyratbag Print, Helen Frankenthaler Print


  • Rug — Aelfie