A 400-Square Foot Brooklyn Studio Is a Cotton Candy-Colored ‘Mermaid Hideaway’

updated Jul 19, 2019

A 400-Square Foot Brooklyn Studio Is a Cotton Candy-Colored ‘Mermaid Hideaway’

updated Jul 19, 2019
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Name: Quinne Myers and Max, a giant one-eyed rescue cat
Location: Bedford Stuyvesant — Brooklyn, NY
Size: 400 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, renting

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Living a peaceful, pink existence out of her studio apartment is Quinne Myers, a self-described “multi-passionate visual creator in Brooklyn, New York.” Her kitty, Max, is the king of the castle and was incredibly curious when we came by to photograph the place!

Since the interdisciplinary artist spends her days working from home writing, painting, designing clothing patterns, and consulting lingerie and fashion industry start-ups, she patiently took time to create the best space for creativity. It can be difficult living and working in the same small spot, but Quinne purposefully laid out her desk, sofa, and bed to square off certain sections so that she feels she can move freely in the name of productivity.

Stepping inside Quinne’s home is like walking into a cotton candy-inspired paradise, filled with gentle odes to feminine energy. Little moments of humor and nostalgia catch the eye, as well as her wall of art and works in progress that give the apartment loads of pastel-hued personality.


Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Shabby chic meets vintage glam inside a kitschy mermaid grotto

Inspiration: Mostly just the Madonna Inn.

Favorite Element: The layout. It barely feels like a studio because everything is separated.

Biggest Challenge: Lack of storage. I have one half-sized closet, and that’s it!

What Friends Say: That the space has good vibes and a relaxing energy. And most people say something like, “I would never decorate my house like this, but I love it so much,” which I’ll totally take as a compliment. Also, everyone is obsessed with the couch.

Biggest Embarrassment: Linoleum! Everywhere! And it’s so difficult to keep older spaces like this as clean as I’d like.

Proudest DIY: The big Moroccan-style lamp. I was jogging through Crown Heights last spring and found it broken and dirty on the curb outside a brownstone renovation. Carried it two miles home (my whole body was sore the next day), cleaned it up in my bathtub, found the lampshade at a flea market for $3, and added the fringe from the garment district. A friend fixed the wiring for me. I’m still in awe that I found this piece.

Biggest Indulgence: My pink linen bedding and organic cotton sheets. I did some textile work for Boll & Branch years ago and it turned me into a horrible bedding snob (their sheets are SO nice).

Best Advice: Only take home items you really love, and don’t be afraid to wait for the right ones.

Dream Sources: ABC Home!!! Also real antique stores.



  • Bench — Vintage from Dobbin St. Co-op
  • Baskets
  • Mirror — Curb find
  • Photos above mirror —  Kriss Soonik postcards in a thrift store frame
  • Illustrations and cross stitch — My own work
  • Metal envelope — Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Poster above bench — From the Sleater-Kinney reunion shows in DC
  • Cat bowl — TJMAXX


  • Couch — Craigslist
  • Pillows — Big ones are from IKEA, small ones are my own work
  • Coffee table — Base is from Craigslist, top is a board covered in contact paper
  • Rug — Overstock
  • Bookcase — Craigslist, but I think originally Pottery Barn
  • Moroccan lamp — Curb find
  • Mermaid wall pieces — Gifts from my friend who co-owns Dobbin St. Co-Op
  • Mirror above sofa — IKEA circa 2007
  • Metal prints in corner — Photos by Nicole Anne Robbins
  • Hanging planters — IKEA with macrame hangers I made
  • Mirrored dressers — Pier 1
  • Mirror on short dresser — A gift from Olive’s Very Vintage
  • Pen & ink illustration above tall dresser — Dame Darcy
  • Record player stand — Craigslist
  • Cat lounge — Amazon
  • Curtains — Pottery Barn Kids
  • Curtain rods — Target
  • Curtain holdbacks —  TheShabbyStore on Etsy
  • Crystal lamp — Target (very old)
  • Blue chairs — Curb find
  • Mermaid table — Zulily (link is from Bed Bath & Beyond)


  • Chair — PBTeen (jacket is from Zingara Vintage that I painted)
  • Desk — Lea Furniture (now defunct— this was the first thing I bought when I moved to NYC)
  • Paintings — My own work
  • Giant plastic swan — A hunting decoy from eBay with a rhinestone chain from the garment district (it was a photo shoot prop)


  • Island — Crate & Barrel
  • Stools — IKEA
  • Embroidery — Tapestry bought in Mexico, handkerchiefs came from my grandmother’s house
  • Altar — $20 at the WestBeth flea market!
  • Broom — Broommagic


  • Sheets — Boll & Branch
  • Duvet and bedskirt — Superior Custom Linens
  • Pearl pillow — Catbird
  • Wall hanging above bed — From a witchy shop in Joshua Tree
  • Bedside table — From my grandmother’s house
  • Heart ottoman — Target
  • Canopy — Amazon
  • Hanging globe lamp — An IKEA hack made from a table lamp


Thanks Quinne!

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