Emily’s Cozy Sanctuary
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Location: Brooklyn, New York
The charming loft that my boyfriend and I have called home for the last three years may soon be a distant memory. As cookie cutter condos are popping up everywhere in our neighborhood of South Slope Brooklyn, we are on the precipice of our loft housed on the top floor of a century- old building being converted as well. We are afraid that this cozy, yet battered sanctuary will only live on in our personal i-cloud so we wanted somewhere to share it and assure its permanence.
The south-facing, 1000 square feet of living space was a serendipitous find by Colin, who was always drawn to the rough exterior and rang the super’s bell one day only to discover that Apt 4B was waiting for occupancy. The space is raw and imperfect, spacious and open. It was the perfect blank slate to craft into a live-work domicile for us. As a textile designer, I was happy to fill the space with pattern and color, while keeping it gender -neutral and client- friendly for Colin to hold post production, color-correction sessions out of the living room.
My favorite area of the loft is the kitchen which re-awakened my dormant love of cooking which had been lulled into complacency by the lack of counter space plaguing most NYC apartments. Not here… this industrial workhorse of a kitchen with its barrier -free countenance allows full participation in culinary pursuits.
I am most proud of the 53 houseplant roommates that we have acquired since moving in. The abundant and energizing, south streaming light has proven to be perfect growing conditions!
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