A "Neo-Afro-Latin-Steampunk-Concrete-Safari" Style Harlem Studio Apartment

A "Neo-Afro-Latin-Steampunk-Concrete-Safari" Style Harlem Studio Apartment

Chinasa Cooper
May 25, 2018

Name: Siria Alvarez and Emmanuel Perez
Location: West Harlem — New York, NY
Years lived in: 3 years, renting

Siria and Emmanuel were lucky to score a Harlem apartment with great bones: High ceilings makes the space feel spacious, a heavy but glorious fireplace is a bold focal point, and a dark-wood hallway is a striking statement. But it's how Siria and Emmanuel have furnished the space that makes it so inspiring. Budget buys, thrifted finds, and plenty of products from their favorite stores all blend together to create an ultra functional but completely one-of-a-kind space.

This small studio doesn't just house two people and their things, it's also got to fit all of Siria's professional passions, too. Originally raised in the Bronx, Siria is a director, photographer, and blogger who started her blog way back in 2008, and transformed it into a successful business in 2015. Her aim is to "connect the urban creative community through content that inspires..." She frequently shares tips and ideas about fashion, art, lifestyle, travel, tech, and more, as well as has a YouTube channel. She's just one half of the creative couple that calls this space home; Emmanuel is an art director and designer, whose keen eye for aesthetics has helped shape the studio's style.

They've used the natural features of the apartment to put a unique, creative stamp on the apartment. The garden fireplace brings greenery and an extra pop of color into the apartment and the framed gallery wall displays some of Siria's own photography work. Wayfair and The Container Store are both frequent go-to places for pieces of furniture. But they aren't impulse buyers; with so little space and just one room they do seek out function and organization when possible.

Apartment Therapy House Tour Survey:

My Style: Neo-Afro-Latin-steampunk-concrete-safari.

Inspiration: Caribbean culture, Victorian, Bohemian, and Minimalist styles.

Favorite Element: Fireplace, high ceilings.

Biggest Challenge: Creaky floors, gets dusty easily—the home is very old. Sounds and scents tend to travel from within and outside of the building.

What Friends Say: The place is cozy and home-y.

Biggest Embarrassment: Shared kitchen and bathroom.

Proudest DIY: The garden in the fireplace, the frame gallery.

Biggest Indulgence: Plants and small novelties.

Best Advice: Stow away all small items in decorative compartments to clear up a clutter-y appearance.

Dream Sources: Hammock or hanging seat.


"Most of my items are from Wayfair and The Container Store. Love their selections! Special thanks to them for some of these items."(A few of the items below were gifted to Siria from the retailers in the past, long before Apartment Therapy approached the couple for a feature.)

Bicycle cradle — Home Depot

Reimers marble ceramic cylinder centerpiece 3 piece table vase set —Wayfair
Storage ottoman — Wayfair
Barryknoll settee — Wayfair
Wesley bird floor pillow — Wayfair
Cruiser deluxe turntable — Wayfair
Ladder 71" freestanding bookcase, natural — Wayfair
Faux sheepskin rug – TJ Maxx
Vintage industrial factory bar stool chair — This item was found outside
Picture frames — Michaels
Photographs/artwork — Siria
Ghost chair — Amazon
Flowers and plants — Michaela's Flower Shop, (Washington Heights, NYC) and Michaels Craft Store

Nora Mattress, queen size — Wayfair
Grimes handwoven cowhide tan area rug — Wayfair
Sigel storage trunk — Wayfair
Meadow view duvet set — Wayfair
Sergio four-drawer chest — Wayfair

Large feathergrain wooden bins — The Container Store
Richfield studio faux wood blinds — Walmart
Trestle table legs — IKEA

Thanks, Siria and Emmanuel!

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