House Tour: Laura's Pared Down Perfection

House Tour: Laura's Pared Down Perfection

Jill Slater
Dec 12, 2007

Name: Laura
Location: Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
Size: 450 sqft, one bdrm rental
Years lived in: 7.5 years

"I'll show you the closet, it's really nice!" When Laura said this, I knew this house tour was going to be different than nearly any other from the past 3 years.

That's because Laura is a professional organizer and she puts her money where her mouth is....

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Laura takes a small space behind a thin wooden barrier (closet door), and creates a fantasy boutique experience. Not only is it well lit and not crammed with stuff, but it is carpeted and only contains items Laura loves and that fit her perfectly! When it comes to furnishings as well as her wardrobe, Laura says, "I am a very specific shopper with a specific idea of what I want."

Laura's apartment is sparse in that she likes the tenet of "living better with less." So, when Laura looks around--anywhere in her home or her closet--she only sees things she likes! She never gets the pang of being faced with a pile of unwanted belongings or a piece of furniture she wished she didn't own. The lighting creates the necessary warmth for the space and counteracts the potentially cold that comes with minimalism.

As a visitor, it is easy to enjoy the results of Laura's strict paring down. The wide pine boards get attention, the flowing window treatments are appreciated, and the simplicity is inspiring. Space equals possibility and a select number of possessions convey confidence.

Style: modern eclectic

Inspiration: My first job in NYC was as an admin asst for interior designer Vicente Wolf. I love his cool, monochromatic interiors--they are so calming and luxurious. Having no formal training, he has no preconceived notions of how things 'should' be and encouraged me to trust my instincts when designing.

Favorite Element: I love the natural light that pours in through the two large windows at each end of the apartment

Biggest Challenge: Keeping white furniture nice with two cats

What Friends Say: Where's all your stuff??

Biggest Embarrassment: Cat hair

Proudest DIY: Not so much a diy as I had a contractor do it, but having the cutout put in on the shared wall between the kitchen and lr has made the biggest impact on the energy of the apt. It completely opens up the space.

Biggest Indulgence: My bed (boxspring/mattress) so comfortable and worth every penny

Best Advice: Trust your instincts

Dream Source: Knoll Studio, BDDW, B&B Italia

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