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Rachel's 356-Square-Foot Apartment in New York

Apartment Therapy's Small/Cool Contest

Rachel's 356-Square-Foot Apartment in New York

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Home Type
Apartment
Location
New York, New York
Style
Colorful
Mid-Century Modern
Vintage
Bedrooms
1
Square feet
356
Sq ft
356

Name: Rachel Gardner

Years lived in: Less than 1 year, rented

Household: No one

Have any design professionals worked on this space? No

Why is your home the smallest, coolest space?

Inspired by the look and feel of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, this apartment is a joyful escape for my old soul, a time capsule of color, a mix of vintage pieces with retro-inspired accents. My love of all things mid-century modern has grown into a home that is my homage to this beautiful, bygone era. From being “gut-renovated gray” at move-in, it is now floral, feminine, warm, and whimsical.

How does your home reflect you?

Joy fills me when I walk into my home. It’s my creative outlet and full of story. Personal ones like the painting of purple flowers from my Nana and the memories made when my home is full of friends, or the ones already written in the woodgrain of the vintage pieces throughout. It reflects my admiration of the past, the decades, people, and places that make me who I am each day I walk out my door.

Connect with Rachel

Instagram: @rachel_susanne28