A 380-Square -Foot NYC Rental Is Stuffed With Smart and Stylish Decor Tricks and Solutions
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Name: Adnan Anwar
Location: West Village — New York, New York
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 380 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I’m an interior designer and live alone in this apartment. The apartment shows my interest in mixing old and new in a way that is relatable and comfortable. It also shows my passion for collecting art and antique/vintage home goods through my online store. My apartment is both my home and a warehouse in that way, so it’s constantly evolving.
You can see the influence of my Pakistani and Burmese heritage in the textiles and handicraft accessories. I think it also shows that I came to interior design from an interest in antiques, decorative arts, and history.
Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Casual, eclectic, masculine, classic, airy
What is your favorite room and why? The living room! It has such great light because it faces a courtyard. It’s very functional, but also a fun, working laboratory for my design.
The daybed is perfect for relaxing and watching TV and the drop-leaf is a great workspace. The neutral backdrop allows me to constantly mix up the art on the walls and accessories throughout.
What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I bought the print above the living room doorway from St. Luke’s Thrift Shop in the neighborhood. They do amazing work in the community and get the most interesting donations, so I love to shop there for myself and my clients.
Any advice for creating a home you love? Take your time to find pieces that are deeply personal and speak to you. Don’t stop at finding furniture, because the accessories, lighting, and window treatments are just as important.
This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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