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.
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.
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!
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
- Hooks and bench: Amazon
- Secretary desk: Home Decorator's Club
- Work desks: Ikea
- Chair: flea market
- Sofa: eBay
- Lamps: eBay
- Side table: thrifted
- Table: Ikea, used from Craigslist
- Chairs: Apt Deco
- Pendant lamp: eBay
- Bed: shortened loft bed from Craigslist
- Dressers and shelving: Ikea, used from Craigslist
- Shower curtain: TJ Maxx
- Shelf: Ikea from Craigslist
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