450 square meter apartment inspired by the color palette of Mexico City

Name: Jen Sans
Location: Bed-Stuy — Brooklyn, New York
Type of accommodation: Apartment
Size: 450 square meters
Years lived in: 2 years, rent

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Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My room is my little oasis. The living room has a couch that I call the “Sleeping Beauty Sofa” because it’s so comfortable that I always fall asleep on it instead of my bed.

Above my couch is a shelf with some of my art. There’s this huge canvas on that shelf, which is one of my favorite pieces of art in the apartment. It is filled with different colors and has the city painted in a way that I had not seen it painted before. It’s a mix of darker, fire-y, orange/red/black colors and lighter white/blue/purple colors.

On the wall across from my couch, I have a gallery wall that has some of my favorite prints. There’s a Duke Ellington Jazz print of an old concert ad with him playing piano (I’m a keyboardist). There is an old Cuba ad (I’m half Cuban). There are disco balls that make me so happy. And there’s a big, beautiful piece of art I got in Mexico City that an artist had done entirely with a pen of what life was like in Teotihuacan, and I’m in love with it.

On that wall I also have a projector screen that conveniently pulls down in front of the gallery wall when I want to feel like I’m in a movie theater!

I have some lights in my apartment that are Hue lights and controlled with Siri voice activation using my HomePod. They change colors and set different moods.

The balcony has a really cozy hammock and a nice street view. There is a little nook in the corner of the balcony that I enjoy for morning coffee and breakfast and dinners with my fiancé!

I’m Latina and super proud of it! Most of the art in my apartment is by a Latin artist. I have Frida Kahlo books, Mexican art, Spanish art, Cuban posters, Latin cookbooks. You can feel it in the apartment. I also feel that the color palette of the apartment was inspired by Mexico City, looking at all the beautifully designed homes there.

I’m also musical and a keyboardist! And you can tell from the disco balls all around, the keyboard and the ability to tell Siri to play my music to make you feel like you’re at a disco. Seventies disco is my favorite genre!

My bedroom is cozy and sweet. I put shelves in the room out of wood I found in the neighborhood from people who moved out. There are also shelves in my closet for a little extra space. And I made a corner shelf above my desk to display some books and art.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Colorful, cozy, musical, vibey, bohemian

What is your favorite room and why? The living room. Sometimes I just sit in there to stare at the art on my walls, to get cozy on the sleeping beauty couch, or to stare out my balcony window.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The last thing I bought for my home were these adorable little elephants from Feng Sway in Brooklyn. They are a mother and a baby elephant and they were sold separately but I didn’t have the heart to separate them so I bought them together.

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