This Brooklyn Rental Has a Must-See Faux Greco-Roman Fireplace

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floor to ceiling square paneled windows, grey couch, two white matching arm chairs, green and white geometric outline rug
Credit: Prava Samad

Prava Samad and her cat, Kleo, share this one-bedroom apartment: This apartment has become my sanctuary and a medium for my creative expression over the last 2.5 years. I moved in with my fur baby, Kleo, during the peak of the pandemic, drawn in by the stunning wall-to-wall modern French windows that bathed the apartment in sunlight and a hard-to-resist Covid-era deal. We’ve since spent many hours curled up in front of the faux Greco-Roman fireplace, watching reruns of Harry Potter while drinking homemade chai. This apartment has had to serve many purposes, from an office (I work from home), an entertaining space, a makeshift spa, a crafting studio, a cat’s playground, etc., and has fit all of those needs seamlessly. Despite the fact that my rent increased substantially last year, I couldn’t get myself to move out, as I’ve poured my heart into decorating this space and making it feel like home.

Credit: Prava Samad

I was born and raised in Brooklyn and have always felt that it’s my forever home. Despite traveling the past few years to other cities within the U.S. and abroad, there’s no other city I would want to call home, with its mix of backgrounds, languages, food, and cultures. And over the years, my home has become a reflection of what I believe it means to be a New Yorker. My space is hard to pinpoint as being of any one particular style because it’s an eclectic mix of Japanese-inspired wabi-sabi color palettes, vintage or secondhand Facebook Marketplace finds, trinkets from travels abroad, DIY-ed furniture next to higher-end purchases, and artwork representing women of different backgrounds, all flowing seamlessly together to create a coherent space.

Credit: Prava Samad

When I was growing up, my family of five shared a small one-bedroom apartment, so there wasn’t much room for individual creativity in our home outside of the necessary. I’d always dreamt of being able to paint my own walls different colors, experiment with my furniture, hang up artwork, etc., and being able to do all of those things for myself in adulthood has been incredibly healing. A lot of my favorite pieces in my home are ones I’ve DIY’d myself, from my “faux” fireplace that I put together after an incredible Facebook Marketplace find and upholstered chairs, to my papier-mâché pedestal and custom wavy headboard. All of these projects have allowed me to decorate my apartment in a way that’s uniquely me, while also channeling my inner creativity.

Credit: Prava Samad

If you rent, what is your rent per month? $3360/month; used to be $2700/month for two years during the pandemic.

Describe your home’s style in five words or fewer: Organic modern with a mix of vintage secondhand finds and DIY/custom furniture.

Credit: Prava Samad

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is, without a doubt, my living room. I still remember when I first walked into the space while I was touring apartments — I saw the wall of windows and immediately fell in love. The living room is where I spend the majority of my time, as it serves as my office, my kitchen and dining area, and entertaining and lounging space. It’s also the space I’ve spent the most energy decorating. The color palette is meant to be reminiscent of a brownstone courtyard, with the natural colors, outdoor furniture, and stone accents. Kleo also loves to use the wide window ledge as her catwalk as she surveys the trains and people going by below.

Credit: Prava Samad

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The last thing I purchased for my home is actually a piece of plywood from home depot that I turned into a wavy headboard for my bedroom! It was my first time doing any kind of woodworking or using a jigsaw, so there are definitely imperfections, but I love the way it turned out.

Credit: Prava Samad

Any advice for creating a home you love? The best advice I have is to not worry about adhering to any particular style or theme when decorating your home. Buy things that you love on their own, and the rest will come together. Also, if you have a vision for a particular item in mind and don’t know where you can find it, make it! It’s so satisfying to watch something come to life with your own hard work and creativity.

Thanks, Prava!

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