Renovated open concept Brooklyn apartment

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Name: Lily Klein, husband and chunky chihuahua mix
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Type of housing: Cooperative apartment
Size: 800 square meters
Years lived in: 10 months, owned

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Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My husband and I put in an offer on our apartment five months before our wedding, knowing it hadn’t been touched since the 80s and needed a gut renovation.

We were in love with the space and the Clinton Hill neighborhood, so we decided to build our dream condo during a supply chain/materials shortage and while we finished planning our wedding. We turned a very closed 80’s style layout into an open concept apartment and it’s our favorite place!

We’ve never really done much with our rental apartments, as NYC landlords are a force to be reckoned with, so for our first home we own, we wanted to go all out. We chose funky tiles for the kitchen and bathroom and all-white appliances despite our love of red sauce. We weren’t really concerned with a cohesive design, we just picked patterns and colors that we liked, but somehow it all works even in our small space!

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Wavy, imperfect, but somehow coherent

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is definitely our bedroom because we have a king-size bed (the secret to a happy relationship) and an almost full wall projector set up so it’s super cozy. But my favorite designed room is our kitchen. We have green patterned floor tiles and white stone backsplashes and it’s so nice to look at. Plus, this is where our always hungry chunky pup hangs out the most, waiting for snacks.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? We recently purchased this bamboo lyocell sheet set from ettitude in “star light blue stripes” and we are in love. They are so lush. In my opinion, creating a bed that you fall in love with is worth the money.

Any tips for creating a home you love? Don’t rush! I felt this intense need to fill every room and get every piece I loved right away, but it’s definitely a long road. Get cheap placeholder furniture! We couldn’t find dining room chairs we were in love with within our budget, so we got cheap chairs from Target so we can wait to find the chairs that are “them.” We are still looking for them.

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