A Sky-High Brooklyn Studio Inspired By Simplicity
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Name: Adam LaGreca
Location: Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
Size: 475 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting
Adam’s apartment is located in a tall, all-glass high-rise building on a street that runs right through the heart of Brooklyn. His neighborhood is filled with tree-lined streets, long-time residents, college students from Pratt Institute and St. Joseph’s college, young professionals and aspiring every-things. He says, “it’s one of the most interesting and charming neighborhoods in New York.”
The building itself is gorgeous. It’s all glass, with a lot of care put into the units. Adam’s chosen to keep his very minimal. He also used a site called Furnishare to furnish a lot of the apartment. Pretty cool!
Adam says of New York, “I love the hustle of New York, but over the past couple of years a piece of me fantasized about building a tiny house and working remotely from Vermont. I think New Yorkers dreaming about somewhere a little more rural and a little more green is common; but my fascination with the tiny house movement comes from my love of simplicity and efficiency.”
He was lucky to find a place that feels big due to the floor-to-ceiling windows, but that allowed him to keep things simple while remaining in the clouds above Brooklyn.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Minimalist
Inspiration: I’m inspired by simplicity. Bruce Lee said “simplicity is the key to brilliance.” Leonardo da Vinci said “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” and I’m sure a bunch of other cool people have shared this sentiment (including my local bartender).
Favorite Element: The building has an attached parking lot which is pretty neat. I know a car isn’t really necessary in NYC – but I can’t seem to let it go.
Biggest Challenge: Finding the right piece of multi-functional furniture for the living room. I originally had what could be called a “sophisticated futon” – which means it looked nice but was uncomfortable. So I upgraded to the daybed look and threw a bunch of pillows on it so that people could sit and watch TV. But really we should just have a quick drink then head to the bar because this is New York.
What Friends Say: “Your apartment inspired me to get rid of a lot of stuff.”
Biggest Embarrassment: The amount I’m paying for a studio apartment.
Biggest Indulgence: I’d have to say the custom painting. I probably could have found some abstract print for 1/10 the cost that would have looked alright. But the thing with a studio apartment is that you should really love everything. That actually should be true for any space, regardless of size, but you’ll certainly feel it more if you take shortcuts or hold onto stuff you don’t need in a studio.
Best Advice: Keep it simple! Upgrading your life doesn’t start by adding what you don’t have, it starts by getting rid of what you don’t need.
Dream Sources: Blu Dot, Milano Smart Living, CB2
Blecka Hooks – IKEA
Mark Rothko Replica – Marisa Gallegos
LIVING ROOM / BEDROOM
Kitty Cot Cat Perch – Amazon
Study Desk – IKEA
Askvoll 6-Drawer Dresser – IKEA
Ursula Throw Pillow Covers – IKEA
Take 5 Modern Clock – MoMa Design Store
Blossom Well Vase – MoMa Design Store
Mondrian Coasters – MoMa Design Store
Samsung M5 Wireless Speaker – Samsung
Carson 5-Shelf Bookcase – Target
Modern Art Painting — VangoArt.co
Wood Bench — Wine & Hammer
Wooden Storage Bed – Brand Unknown
Silver Dome Light – Brand Unknown
Antique Glass Coffee Table – Brand Unknown
DINING ROOM / KITCHEN
Coffee Cups of NYC Print — Knowlita
Floating Shelf – IKEA
Glass Teapot Infuser – MoMa Design Store
Harry’s Razor Stand + The Winston – Harry’s
MIYA Sushi Plate (for hand soap) – Amazon
Framed Quibe One Line Nude Art Print – Urban Outfitters
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