This Home’s Custom DIY Bookcase/Desk Solution Is Perfect for Small Spaces

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Credit: Anne Louise Marquis

Name: Anne Louise Marquis
Location: Prospect Park South — Brooklyn, NY
Type of home: Condo
Size: 600 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, owned

Credit: Anne Louise Marquis
Bedroom moment with mannequin (I sew a lot) and mud cloth pillows I made. Art by Michelle Magdalena.

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: After renting for my whole life, I was so excited to buy a home. I couldn’t believe I was able to, but I found an amazing spot near the park and the subway and my offer was accepted. Good thing I did. The building sold out in one weekend.

Credit: Anne Louise Marquis
The thoughtful layout of this apartment leaves an exposed kitchen and I love the details of mine. The Dutch oven sits on the stove all of the time so I remember to use it. I'm obsessed with my pendants from Room and Board.

It’s new construction, which is nice in some ways, but I wanted the warmth of a lived in space and it needed some edits. I swapped out the lighting immediately and switched the hardware from chrome to black. These relatively simple and low cost changes made a world of difference. I installed picture ledges so it’s easy to move art around depending on my mood. Most of the art is done by friends, or me, or are just objects I’ve found traveling. The whole apartment is a travelogue. The pillows are from Chefchouen and Istanbul, the masks are from Sikkim, and the art posters are from Paris.

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Custom desk/bookshelf suite made from plywood- art from all over - a view that brings me joy

My boyfriend spent a weekend building my custom bookcase/desk suite that I designed on a piece of paper. The main bedroom I keep simple and calm; an oasis that is always guest-ready. The second bedroom I turned into a dressing room and put in a bed I sleep in when guests come over. Home is really important to me. I travel a lot for work so getting to be here is such a gift. I love nesting here in my own little corner of Brooklyn.

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Article couch (via Craigslist) smothered in pillows from travels and a few I made by hand. Art is all personal and meaningful to me.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Warm, eclectic, textured, DIY, clean.

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I decided to keep all my personal family photos in my second room in a place where they can all be together, and away from anyone staying here while I'm gone. This is my altar and having them all together makes me feel so loved.

What is your favorite room and why? My bedroom is instantly calming. The art is all by friends, the kimono belonged to my aunt for years and reminds me of my family. The tasseled chandelier is so playful and also gentle.

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It's hard to get a good image of my bed because of the room layout. The blanket is Bearaby. The art is by Anna Wingfield; my boyfriend commissioned it for a birthday present.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? My new Bearaby weighted blanket is all the goals. It’s 25 pounds and feels like a hug. It also looks so pretty on the bed.

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Little living room moment propagating ivy on the wall while my "to read" stack awaits attention.

Any advice for creating a home you love? Really only keep the things you love, the rest can go. Find everything you can secondhand; there are great deals on Craigslist (where I got almost everything). Make the space work for you, don’t worry about other’s expectations. Create the space you want to come home to. I come home after long trips and hug the walls of this place because I’m so happy to be here.

This submission’s responses were edited for length and clarity.