A Plethora of Plants (and Custom Murphy Bed) Makes This 280-Square-Foot NYC Studio Feel Refreshingly Big

updated Nov 17, 2020

A Plethora of Plants (and Custom Murphy Bed) Makes This 280-Square-Foot NYC Studio Feel Refreshingly Big

updated Nov 17, 2020
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Ilse Paanakker
Downtown Manhattan, NYC 
280 Square Feet
Lived in 4 years

For Ilse Paanakker, plants and DIY projects are more than just creative decor decisions. They are also a way for her to encourage and sustain her own wellness. “By being efficient with my space and bringing in many, many plants, I’ve created a leafy and airy style that sets my own healthy habits up for success,” says Ilse. “Taking care of plants and DIYing is meditative for me, which is why you’ll see a lot of both throughout my space.” As the founder of Habit House, a wellness tech startup whose mission is to help people create healthy habits, having a space that rejuvenates sets her up to best help others build and achieve healthy habits. “Your home is the foundation for your healthy habits, take the time to make it a space that sets you up for success so you can live well,” she advises.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style:  Leafy, airy, and efficient.

Inspiration: Nature and its natural elements. 

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Favorite Element: All the plants.

Biggest Challenge: Not buying more plants (there’s no more space!).

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What Friends Say: It feels like a small indoor jungle where everything fits together well.

Biggest Embarrassment: Somehow I always end up picking a variation of the color purple for my accent wall(s). It’s been the case in the last four places I’ve lived.

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Proudest DIY: The seven-foot wooden ladder that I hand built in my apartment. I bought 2x4s at Ace Hardware, carried them up my six flights of stairs, and sawed them right here in my space. I stained the ladder using some stain left over from my coffee table so it matched the wood I already had in my space. 

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Biggest Indulgence: Plants from the Union Square Farmer’s Market!

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Best Advice: Your home is the foundation for your healthy habits, take the time to make it a space that sets you up for success so you can live well. 

Resources

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BEDROOM

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LIVING ROOM

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LADDER

  • Art on Ladder:
  • Body ceramic art on window sill — Artist Jeske Paanakker 
  • Pharmacy Pots in window sill — Family antique
  • Ladder — Self Made using 2×4’s and wood stain that matched coffee table
  • Macramé plant hangers — Self woven, took a class by @meditativemacreme to learn
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KITCHEN

  • Shelves in Kitchen — Self made using plywood found on street and pipe clamps
  • Window Whiteboards — Old windows from my space, reused them   
  • Bar Stools — Tabouret 24-inch Vintage Counter Stool 
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BATHROOM

  • Shelves — Container Store, rectangle and triangle shelves (can’t find triangle one’s link on Container Store website)
  • Towels — Frontgate

Thanks, Ilse!

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