In the spirit of better late than never, welcome to our apartment in New York City! This is our NYC home tour vlog. And the first time we’ve ‘officially’ welcomed you all into our ‘one bedroom, one bathroom’ apartment in Chelsea, Manhattan.
Get cozy with us in 850 square feet of our eclectic chaos, filled with art, mirrors, pops of color, and so much candy. We’re not even scared to open up a few drawers and expose the mess of our lives ??
Beginning with our entryway, we maximized the amount of natural light by hanging four (count’em four) arched mirrors on the walls. The entrance to our apartment is minimal and open, complete with a marble console table beneath our ethereal Astri Styrkestad Haukaas painting.
Moving on to our living room, we kept the space as free flowing as possible.
Separating the entryway from the living area, we installed a pull-up bar to make quarantine workouts at home a ‘little’ easier. Art, like our Keith Haring x The Skateroom skateboards and a painting of someone who looks eerily like Bobby Kennedy, straddles above our West Elm Andes Terminal Chaise Sectional. We focused on infusing the room with pops of color, rather than focusing on one color itself.
We organized all of our ‘coffee table, art‘ books into neat piles on a sleek media console, set below our LG OLED TV (with cantilever stand) and SONOS Playbar. Crystals and jars filled with candy are set atop a modern, white bookcase that houses more knickknacks and books (that honestly… we’ve yet to read LOL).
Next up, our dining room features a modern white dining table from CB2, another mirror placed perpendicular to our windows to maximize light, and another white bookcase (set with cameras, boxes, and mushroom growing kits from Smallhold).
Our tiny (TINY) kitchen has the basic necessities, and a redwood countertop we purchased and installed for around $100. We can be handy when we want to 😉
More importantly, though, our refrigerator is stocked with all of the essentials — a door full of every sauce (including our favorite Truff hot sauce), mini Diet Coke cans, and (not featured in the video) an entire drawer filled with film.
Moving further along, our bathroom is stocked with plants from The Sill, plush towels and bath mats. We set a bath caddy full of bath supplies for Brock over the bathtub. And our medicine cabinet is organized with all of our favorite clean skincare brands. From First Aid Beauty, Supergoop, Tata Harper, True Botanicals, and Biologique Recherche.
Last up, our bedroom and walk-in closet.
The room itself is set with neutral tones and bedding from Parachute + Brooklinen and more plants from The Sill. We also incorporated a few more mirrors to really heighten the amount of natural light.
The star of the show, we hung a (very) large painting by Albert Madaula, that we had commissioned for our (now canceled) wedding last year, above our bed. The overall vibe of the room is calm, bright, and restorative. Exactly what we’ve needed in a year where we found ourselves feeling more depressed than ever before.
For all of the cat lovers out there, Thomas’ cat perch has been his favorite for YEARS. And the additional pink pouf provides a bougey respite for him when he gets too hot in the sun.
Finishing with our walk-in closet, we organized Chris’ shoes into these Container Store shoe boxes and Brock’s shoes along this door-hanging shoe rack. For our underwear, socks and sunglasses, we used these Container Store metal drawers.
Considering how messy our drawers and dresser are in video (yikes), organization has never been our strong suit. But, with a little more time on our hands last year during quarantine, we managed to make our closet less of a bastion of a chaos… And more of a hoarder’s paradise! Potato, potato.
We hope you enjoyed our little NYC home tour vlog! Who knows how long will be in this apartment for? 😉 More on that another time.
Chris + Brock
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