A Not-Touched-Since-the-’80s Brooklyn Apartment Is Now Gorgeously Open Concept

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A white sectional sofa with a rug underneath
Credit: Lily Klein
The living room, covered in dog toys no matter how hard we try to contain them.

Name: Lily Klein, husband, and chunky chihuahua mix
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Type of home: Co-op apartment
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: 10 months, owned

Credit: Lily Klein
Autumn table setting and our bar cabinet

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My husband and I put an offer on our apartment five months before our wedding, knowing that it hadn’t been touched since the ’80s and was in need of a gut renovation.

Credit: Lily Klein
The kitchen

We were in love with the space and with the Clinton Hill neighborhood so we decided to build our dream apartment during a supply chain/material shortage and while we finished planning our wedding. We turned a very closed-up ’80s style layout into an open concept apartment and it’s our favorite place!

Credit: Lily Klein
Moody, the king of the castle

We never really did much with our rented apartments since NYC landlords are a force to be reckoned with, so for our first home that we own we wanted to go all out. We chose funky tiles for the kitchen and bathroom and all-white appliances despite our love for red sauce. We weren’t really concerned with a cohesive design, just picking patterns and colors that we liked, but somehow it all works even in our small space!

Credit: Lily Klein
The dining room, never without a disco ball

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Wavy, imperfect, but somehow cohesive

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Bathroom details

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is definitely our bedroom because we have a king-sized bed (the secret to a happy relationship) and an almost full-wall projector set up, so it’s super cozy. But my favorite designed room is our kitchen. We have green-patterned floor tiles and white stone backsplash and it’s so nice to look at. Plus, it’s where our always-hungry chunky pup hangs out most waiting for snacks.

Credit: Lily Klein
Open concept island with storage and wine fridge, previously a closed wall.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? We recently bought this bamboo lyocell sheet set from ettitude in “starlight blue stripes” and we’re in love. They’re so lush. In my opinion, creating a bed that you’re in love with is worth the money.

Credit: Lily Klein
Bathroom with terrazzo floor tiles

Any advice for creating a home you love? Do not rush it! I felt this intense need to fill every space and get every piece I loved right away, but it’s definitely a long road. Get inexpensive placeholder furniture! We couldn’t find dining room chairs that we were in love with within our budget, so we got cheap chairs from Target so we can wait to find the chairs that are “the ones.” We’re still looking for them.

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