A Traditional New York Apartment Masters Eclectic Maximalism

updated Apr 30, 2019

A Traditional New York Apartment Masters Eclectic Maximalism

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Ainsley Gardner, Brandon Stewart, and Betty Cat
Location: Chelsea — New York City
Size: 737 square feet
Years Lived In: 1 year, renting

“One of the challenges of living in a newer rental is trying to bring character to the space without making permanent changes,” explained Ainsley Gardner, who’s been sharing this rental apartment in Chelsea with her partner Brandon and their cat, Betty.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Traditional Reinvented, Maximalist,

Inspiration: Nature and animals, beautiful hotels, ’70s glam.

Favorite Element: Our bone inlay dresser we found at a furniture outlet in New Jersey—it has some imperfections but we just love it.

Biggest Challenge: We are lucky that we have a fresh and modern apartment, but it lacks some of the character and charm we both appreciate in more historic buildings. Achieving architectural interest in a rental (where you can’t make changes!) isn’t easy!

What Friends Say: “You have SO MUCH WINE.” They also ask for help picking out furniture.

Biggest Embarrassment: The amount of stuff we have. You don’t want to see inside our closets… or oven… or microwave. We also have two storage units.

Proudest DIY: I repurposed an old media console as open shelving for our plates and serveware which I was pretty proud of.

Biggest Indulgence: Our rug by Caitlin Wilson. Or rent…

Best Advice: Bring nature inside! Add plants and flowers! I love mixing faux with real to make arrangements look fuller. No one ever notices. I think…

Dream Sources: RW Guild, ABC Carpet and Home, anything Kit Kemp, Land of Belle, 1stdibs… one can dream!

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)


Roberta Sofa — Wayfair
Terrace Coffee Table — West Elm
Kismet Rug — Caitlin Wilson
Line Media Console 70 — DWR
Avalon High Gloss Black Desk — CB2
Sherpa Sheepskin Bench with Gold Legs — Overstock
Petite Accent Chair (similar) — Anthropologie
Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman — DWR
Cortina Floor Lamp — Pablo Designs
Chroma Obelisk — Now House by Jonathan Adler
Leopard Pillow — Etsy
Abstract Painting – By my aunt
Delavan Tripod Lamp — Target

Victorian Host Chairs – Found at furniture outlet
Rake Brass Chair — CB2
Aqua Virgo Burl Dining Table — CB2
Victorian Host Chairs – Found at furniture outlet
Gold Dining Chairs — Anthropologie

Bone Inlay Dresser – Similar on Etsy
Greek Key 3 Drawer Nightstand — Z Gallerie
Tube Top Table Lamp — DWR
Navy Tufted Headboard – One Kings Lane
Water Color Circle Rug — West Elm
Globe Lamp — Target

Mirror – Antique Store
Shower Curtain — Amazon

Thanks, Ainsley and Brandon!

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