For Homepolish's Tina Apostolou and her design-savvy fiancé Jared, a 1-bedroom in Williamsburg is just the place to make their first home together.
Photos by Claire Esparros.
Apartment hunting in NYC is no joke! From endless shoe-box apartments to one apartment that came with its very own grand piano, my fiancé Jared and I had seen it all. We trekked from neighborhood to neighborhood and scoured the city for that place that would be perfect for our very first joint space. And let me tell you, if anything can test a relationship, it’s apartment hunting. And Ikea. When we finally found this space, we were instantly sold on the high ceilings and natural light (there are not one, but two skylights!!!). We signed a lease the next day and immediately got to work on our first home together.
Thankfully, Jared is super design savvy himself and has a similar aesthetic to me. He was on board with most of my crazy ideas. He didn’t even flinch when I thought up a 6-foot-round, custom mirror for the dining room. (That is officially why I’m marrying him… the mirror.)
Overall, we wanted a space that was bright, happy, and laid-back. Similar to us. We started by painting the walls white and adding tons of plants. Our first plant purchase was a fiddle leaf fig that we affectionally dubbed Figgy Cent (it was between that and The Notorious F I G). We slowly layered in the rest of the furniture and accessories until it became a place that perfectly captures us as a couple. We won’t be leaving any time soon.
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