An Artist's Bold & Brash 450-Square-Foot Brooklyn Apartment

An Artist's Bold & Brash 450-Square-Foot Brooklyn Apartment

Melanie Rieders
Mar 8, 2018

Name: Niki Azevedo and Bennett Harrell
Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn— New York
Size: 452 square feet
Years lived in: Renting 6 years

Niki's 450 square foot Brooklyn apartment is a reflection of the years she's lived as an artist in New York City. From DIY wallpaper, to rescued portraits of Jesus on the cross, to a mounted deer head, Niki's personality shines throughout the space.

"I am never giving up this apartment," Niki says. "For as long as I live, this apartment will be in the picture."

This creative woman cites her Florida roots as design inspiration. "My bedroom used to be very Florida — seafoam green and pink." She recently completely redid the bedroom space to better reflect a new chapter of this home — her partner Bennett moving in.

Take a video tour of Niki and Bennett's apartment:

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Jonathan Adler goes dumpster diving at the Golden Girls estate sale.

Inspiration: International Travel

Favorite Element: Moroccan Rug

Biggest Challenge:'s just too damn small.

What Friends Say: Wow! That's a lot of Jesus.

Biggest Embarrassment: Furniture that has to be assembled with an allen wrench.

Proudest DIY: Wallpaper. I love to solo wallpaper.

Biggest Indulgence: Souvenirs. Maybe the Braque.

Best Advice: If you don't love it set it free; especially if you live in 452 square feet with a man and a dog.

Dream Sources: An actual shopping trip to the Golden Girls' estate sale with Jonathan Adler.


Chairs — Ikea
Coat Rack —Umbra

Leather sectional — Macy's
Ikat Pillow — Nomad by Design
Hive Mirror — Ikea
Antique Rug — Medina Marrakesh Morocco
Desk/Book Case — CB2
Nesting Tables — CB2
Coffee Table — West Elm
Dry Point Etching — Georges Braque
Essential Oil — Eden's Garden
Mirror — Wayfair
Frame — Cynthia Rowley
Painting — James Kerr
Hanging Chair — Original Design by Niki Azevedo

HAHAHA —That'd be nice. Maybe someday.

Utilities — Simplehuman
Light — West Elm
Dishes — West Elm
Stool — Emeco

Vases — CB2
Planter — Ikea
Wallpaper — Wayfair
Night Stands — World Market
Bed — Custom Design by Niki Azevedo
Accent Pillow — Anthropologie

Wall Decal — Ikea
Hardware — Restoration Hardware

Thanks, Niki and Bennett!

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