2. One quirky or weird thing that sort of defines the “New Yorkness” of your apartment?
You have to turn the bathroom light on using the switch in the fusebox. We wrapped green painters tape around it so it’s easier to direct people to the proper switch. Also (and perhaps more disconcertingly so) the building shakes every time a larger truck drives past it, causing the bottles on our liquor cart to clink together like a glass chandelier. It always reminds of that scene in Mary Poppins where the admiral shoots a cannon to mark the time.
3. Whats the story behind you moving in here?
No great romance here (aside from the fact that we are 110% in love with this nook we’ve carved out for ourselves). We needed a place to live, we found one. We weren’t looking to specifically live in Greenpoint (or any particular neighborhood for that matter) but this is where we landed.
4. You have a lot of plants, what is the feeling you hope to create by incorporating them?
5. When it comes to apartment styling, where do you stand?
Make a house a home, however that makes sense for you. Our apartment’s aesthetic is equal parts mine and my husband’s—we both like a space to feel cozy, slightly eclectic, unpolished and above all like an island in all the whirling madness of life, which in our case has translated to more tchotchkes than you can shake a stick at (something we love but are also simultaneously overwhelmed by). There’s a lot of nature ephemera—shells, feathers, rocks, sticks, etc.—which can be blamed on my compulsive collecting habit and my desire to make almost anything beautiful mine.
6. Three words to describe the way your place feels?
7. How do you see yourself growing in this space?
Well, it’s a one bedroom railroad so I feel like if we end up having a family at all we’ll probably outgrow it pretty quickly…if we don’t, I can’t see the space changing much—although stylistically we’ve outgrown some elements it’s home and exactly what we want it to be.
Thank you so much for sharing your apartment with us, Lisa!!
(Photography by Amanda Petersen for LaTonya Yvette)