A Certified KonMari Consultant Has a Seriously Enviable Closet

updated Mar 21, 2019

A Certified KonMari Consultant Has a Seriously Enviable Closet

updated Mar 21, 2019
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Name: Jessica Yatrofsky, turtle Jerry
Location: Carroll Gardens — Brooklyn, New York
Size: 612 square feet
Years lived in: 10 years, renting

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A soft and feminine palette gives way to the peaceful airy atmosphere in Jessica Yatrofsky‘s Carroll Gardens home. Throughout the small but spacious apartment, artwork celebrating bodies is in every room. Simplicity peeks through with a playfulness in each curated corner. Her turtle Jerry sits in view of guests in the living room, along with an assortment of white stones and art books. What results is a space that feels calm, restorative, and sensual.

From Jessica: “Inspired by Japanese tidying guru Marie Kondo, I apply a minimalist philosophy not only to my home but to my art practice and business, SjD Consulting. I’m known for a pared-down and minimal aesthetic in my photography and films, and I’ve carved out a similar niche as one of the few Certified KonMari Consultants in New York by guiding my clients in creating their own unique spaces.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Feminine, minimal, glam, modern.

Inspiration: Traveling the world, experiencing art, and living a lifestyle that inspires others.

I’m inspired by spaces and places that spark my own desire to achieve beauty, calm, and peace in my life.

Favorite Element: I have chairs in every room. Having a place to sit is important because I like to lounge a ton and kick my feet up if I can! I’m currently reclining in my closet chair as I write this… I want people to feel like they can get comfortable in my place.

Biggest Challenge: The size and layout of my apartment is tricky, it’s a pre-war brownstone; finding furniture that fits through the front door is a task.

What Friends Say: The most frequent remark I get is, “It’s so calm in here.” First, I like to burn incense or palo santo before and after guests visit to keep the space clear and inviting. My apartment has had many iterations over the years and what I’ve tried to achieve is an environment where you can relax in any room. As a New Yorker, open space is also very important to me and my sanity. Becoming a certified KonMari consultant and actively practicing the KonMari Method™ has strengthened my ability to declutter and create harmony in both my home and in my life. If you can free up space in your home, you can also move through life similarly, freeing up space in your mind.

Biggest Embarrassment: The living room is just outside beyond the bathroom and sadly it doesn’t offer much privacy.

Proudest DIY: My closet! I spent a lot of time choosing objects that inspire and center me including a large assortment of crystals. I actually meditate in my closet, I practice Transcendental Meditation; I have a shrine and some of my favorite art is in this space for that reason. It’s holy to me. The walls are pink and the neon art I have in my closet gives off a soft pink glow that you can see from outside. I refer to this room as “Pink Privacy” because I feel it represents all things feminine and it’s private.

Biggest Indulgence: My artwork and clothing. I am a big fan and collector of the artist Alphachanneling—I have their artwork in almost every room. I also love collecting ceramic works—I try to support friends and female artisans as much as possible. My best friend Dana Caputo is a neon artist and has made some beautiful custom signs for me. My wardrobe feels significant as well in that most of my favorite pieces are from friend and Canadian designer Laura Siegel—she employs artisans (mostly women) from rural villages all over the world to sustain traditional cultures and crafts.

Best Advice: I love this quote by Esther Hicks, “The closer you get to alignment with what you want the calmer it feels.” She was talking about energy but seeking alignment in my home specifically has empowered me to achieve the lifestyle I desire—one that has brought balance to my life in many ways. I subscribe to a minimalist philosophy as well as the “less is more” mentality. Having less has allowed me to focus more on quality and the practice of letting go of what no longer serves. To me a quality life is one full of enriching experiences and surrounded only by the people and objects that I love.

Dream Sources: I like to get my inspiration from spending time in luxury vacation rentals. When I travel I do a lot of mental sourcing and try to find pieces that are similar or inspired by these places once I’m back in the real world! I am also very big into creating physical vision boards—I cut out and collage images I find beautiful and inspiring from random magazines and mailers. I throw a great vision board party!


Closet — Sherman Williams, Abalone Shell
House — Benjamin Moore, Ovation in Extra White
Living Room Floor — Benjamin Moore, Floor and Patio in White (Low Sheen N122)

Rug — Overstock
Vanity — Wayfair
Dresser — IKEA
Drawer Organization — Hikidashi Boxes
Pillows — A Perfect Day Handmade and Cold Picnic
Neon — Dana Caputo x NY FEM FACTORY
Ceramic Bust — Alice Lang
Ceramic Vagina Incense Holder — Other Wild
Doll — Andrew Yang Collection
Stones — Assorted from Remedies
Assorted Trays — West Elm and CB2
Clothes — Laura Siegel Collection
Art — Alphachanneling

Bedding — Boll & Branch
Blankets — West Elm
Clock — Beautiful Things Online
Hardware — CB2
Plum Vase — Vintage (Gifted)
Ceramic Bowl — Hayley Cranberry
Eye Mask — Andrew Yang Collection
Books — Pink Privacy and Nasa Graphics Standards Manual
Art — Alphachanneling
Area Rug — Wayfair
Face Roller — Amazon

Glass Vase — CB2
Marble Vase Base — Istanbul, Turkey
Ceramic Plate — Istanbul, Turkey
Rug — Overstock or Wayfair
Dresser and Mirror — IKEA
Chair — Vintage (Gifted)
Art — “Strike Zone” by Bobby Davidson

Plants — The Sill
Vase — CB2
Trays — CB2 and West Elm
Ceramic Bowls — Isabel Halley
Candles — World Market
Throw Pillows — Istanbul, Turkey and Overstock
Couch — IKEA
Poufs — Wayfair
Bench — Thrifted from Yesterday’s News
Books — Juergen Teller and Araki
Art — Alphachanneling

Plant — The Sill
Rugs — Wayfair
Accessories — CB2
Storage Unit — Thrifted in Las Vegas, Nevada
Planter — Thrifted from Yesterday’s News
Towels — Soho House Home
Boob Towel — Other Wild
Soap — Aesop
Painting — Istanbul, Turkey

Cookware — Staub Cast Iron Round Cocotte
Glass Bottles — World Market
Stone Bottle Cork — Istanbul, Turkey
White Ceramic Tray — CB2
Vagina Ceramic Mug — Devon Urquhart
Tea — Maharishi Ayurveda
Storage Baskets — Container Store
Art — Alphachanneling

Transcendental Meditation
Styling — Alexis Badiyi and Patricia Farias
Hair and Makeup — Ashley Nicole Grobmeier and King Dymond
Assistants — Allie Crystal and Jessica Morgan
Special Thank You to Zana Bayne and The Sill

Thanks, Jessica!

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