Emily's Bright & Artful Bed-Stuy Apartment

Emily's Bright & Artful Bed-Stuy Apartment

Andrea Sparacio
Jul 4, 2015
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Name: Emily North
Location: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn
Size: Approximately 600 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years; Rented

Emily North is a multimedia artist and her colorful home is a great reflection of that. In a one-bedroom apartment with an open kitchen and living room floor plan, she works with blocks of color to designate areas and brighten up the original details of a rental.

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Emily's apartment is a good example of what it's like to work around the things we cannot change. For example, the bathroom comes with a florescent bath bar and the living room walls have built-in light sconces that the landlord does not want removed. To compensate, Emily decorates with brightly colored accents that really pop and draw your eye away.

Since she is a freelancer and sometimes works from home, her office is set up against a green wall with designated areas for her many disciplines of work: sewing, graphics, web design, drawing, and painting. Her sewing machine- which she used to reupholster her own couch, giving it a fresher look- is tucked away behind the white secretary. She has also sewn pillowcases and other textiles throughout the apartment with thrifted fabric. These little touches, though minimal, can add a big and colorful impact.

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For more information on Emily and her art, please visit em16.com

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Minimal, Colorful

Inspiration: Mid-Century Modern Design, 1960’s patterns, Quirky, Humorous, Cheerful Colors

Favorite Element: Bright Colors, Hardwood Floors, Big Windows

Biggest Challenge: Creating a convertible space where I can live, work on art and design, work out, cook, sleep, relax

What Friends Say: Cool apartment!

Biggest Embarrassment: Ugly light fixtures and modern apartment styling that I’m stuck with in a rental

Proudest DIY: Reupholstering the daybed sofa I found on eBay for $40 on my own with recycled fabric!

Biggest Indulgence: Cooking huge meals and cleaning way more often than I need to as a form of procrastination.

Best Advice: If you don’t know how to do something (install shelves, fix electronics, upholstery a sofa, alter furniture) don’t be afraid to try. My mother taught me this and now with Google and YouTube, we have so much information at our fingertips!

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PAINT & COLORS: All Behr Premium Plus Flat

  • Living room: Parakeet Green
  • Kitchen: June Day
  • Entry: Gem Turquoise
  • Bathroom: Old Fashioned Pink
  • Bedroom: Seafoam Pearl and Purple Statice

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  • Hooks and bench: Amazon
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  • Secretary desk: Home Decorator's Club
  • Work desks: Ikea
  • Chair: flea market
  • Sofa: eBay
  • Lamps: eBay
  • Side table: thrifted
(Image credit: Andrea Sparacio)


  • Table: Ikea, used from Craigslist
  • Chairs: Apt Deco
  • Pendant lamp: eBay
(Image credit: Andrea Sparacio)
(Image credit: Andrea Sparacio)


  • Bed: shortened loft bed from Craigslist
  • Dressers and shelving: Ikea, used from Craigslist
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  • Shower curtain: TJ Maxx
  • Shelf: Ikea from Craigslist
(Image credit: Andrea Sparacio)
(Image credit: Andrea Sparacio)

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