A Small NYC Rental Stylishly Divides an Open Plan Layout

published May 4, 2023

A Small NYC Rental Stylishly Divides an Open Plan Layout

published May 4, 2023
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Photographer and interior designer Natalie Bird says this home — a 1000-square-foot, open-plan rental apartment in New York City’s TriBeCa neighborhood she’s shared with her husband, Shane Malenfant, for two years — has been a “special place that has been the scene of much transformation and growth in our lives,” she writes. “Within this apartment, we got engaged (at the dining room table) and I launched my photography business and interior design career (also at the dining room table). In the summer of 2022, we started selling my photography prints on the streets of Soho, which led to many opportunities including setting up an online store. I also began my interior design career here as I started working with my first clients and started classes at New York School of Interior Design. This home holds many special memories that will always be reflective of this time in our lives.”

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Natalie continues her home’s story: “As a photographer and interior designer, both of my careers have a big emphasis on the home. I am always thinking of how I can create artwork that will enhance interiors and create a moment of calm and bliss in people’s everyday lives. My goal as an artist is to create more beauty in the world and create pieces that are affordable and accessible to young adults and beyond.”

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“The first thing that caught my eye was the space — I saw so much potential in the 11-foot ceilings and the 1,000 square foot wide open floor plan. I was immediately drawn to the charm of the 1920s building — the columns, brick wall, and exposed pipes give the space so much character,” Natalie describes.

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“I found the apartment on Streeteasy and the listing had photos of a similar unit. We were living outside of the city at the time, so we were able to take our time until the perfect place came along. We checked everyday in our favorite neighborhood for weeks. Once I came to tour the apartment, it was completely empty so the scale became very apparent and I realized we were going to need some bigger furniture. It definitely took a lot of imagination and time to get from a blank space to this,” she says.

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“I think that the building was originally some type of industrial warehouse or textile factory,” admits Natalie. “We love how it currently feels like a modern day artist’s loft in the heart of downtown Manhattan. The building has a great creative energy and liveliness — a few of the neighbors I’ve met are painters, music producers, content creators, and designers.”

Natalie is available for interior photography services as well as interior design services, and can be found online and on Instagram. Take the full tour of her home in the gallery above.

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LIVING ROOM

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DINING ROOM

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BEDROOM

Thanks Natalie!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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