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Name: Amy Chan
Location: Chelsea — New York, New York
Size: 550 square feet
Years lived in: Renting
Amy Chan, the founder of Renew Breakup Bootcamp and a relationship columnist, has a philosophy when it comes to designing spaces. “Spaces have energy. Your body can feel the energy of the space once you walk in — listen to that. I saw over 20 apartments before I found this one, and when I stepped inside, I just knew it had to be mine. Your home should be an oasis from the busy streets, so invest in making it beautiful,” she says.
Some ways to keep your space feeling good: “Buy fresh flowers. Clear out clutter. Always have beautiful things in sight,” advises Amy. Following this philosophy, Amy has created a space that’s a “Pinterest dream,” and a home that represents and supports one of her most important life values: nurturing the people she loves by cooking for them.
Apartment Therapy House Tour Survey:
My Style: Shabby chic
Inspiration: Paris romance meets New York charm
Favorite Element: Massive windows with lots of sunlight shining in
Biggest Challenge: Perfect for one person but no private space if sharing
What Friends Say: It’s a Pinterest dream!
Proudest DIY: Putting up my massive six-foot baroque floor mirror.
Biggest Indulgence: Wood and steel bookshelf from Restoration Hardware
Best Advice: Every detail in my home has been designed with intention – there is nothing there by accident. There has been a thought process behind every book, chair, cup and decoration. The way I designed my home is reflective of how I live life – think about the overall vision of what I want to create, then approach with thought and intention.
Spaces have energy. Your body can feel the energy of the space once you walk in – listen to that. I saw over 20 apartments before I found this one, and when I stepped inside, I just knew it had to be mine. Your home should be an oasis from the busy streets, so invest in making it beautiful. Buy fresh flowers. Clear out clutter. Always have beautiful things in sight. I purposely do not have a TV (haven’t had a TV for 12 years) and the focal point is the dinner table. It’s symbolic of one of the values of my life – gathering people together to break bread, to connect and bond over tea, to nurture people I love by cooking for them.
Pinterest, Departures Magazine
Dinner table with wheels – Restoration Hardware
Bookshelf – Restoration Hardware
Chairs with cream cushions – Restoration Hardware
Vintage Trunk – Antique store
Couch (turns into a bed) – Urban Outfitters
F*** IT, LET’S GO TO NEW YORK print – Hu2
New York or Nowhere Print – Knowlita
Marshall Speaker in Cream — Amazon
Handmade black leather dreamcatcher – CHM (from Tulum)