A Crown Heights Rental Is a Cozy Haven from Hectic NYC Streets

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Credit: Emily Safian-Demers

Name: Emily Safian-Demers, my two cats, Charlie and Linus
Location: Crown Heights — Brooklyn, New York City
Type of home: Apartment
Years lived in: 1.5 years, renting

Credit: Emily Safian-Demers

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My home is my haven. I love coming home and feeling like I’m stepping out of the hectic NYC streets into another world. It’s cozy and transportive.

Credit: Emily Safian-Demers

I’m bisexual and collect vintage wooden carved hands from the ’70s, either making a peace sign or giving the finger. The first time one of my friends came over, they saw the sculptures and said “these are very sapphic and phallic.” Now it’s all I can see!

Credit: Emily Safian-Demers

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: British gentlemen’s club meets ’60s mod lounge

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What is your favorite room and why? My living room. I spend most of my time here and it’s a visual reflection of everything I love, and holds my treasure collections — books, records, vintage Playboys from the ’60s and ’70s, and vintage carved wooden hand sculptures.

Credit: Emily Safian-Demers

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I buy 90 percent of my home decor and furnishings secondhand or vintage. The last thing I found is a crazy cool vintage metal brutalist sculpture of women running, from the ’60s. Facebook Marketplace for the win.

Credit: Emily Safian-Demers

Any advice for creating a home you love? Fill it with things that speak to you.

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