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This Manhattan Home Feels Like a Jewel Box

This Manhattan Home Feels Like a Jewel Box

Last year, St. Frank founder Christina Bryant moved from San Francisco to New York. When apartment hunting, she hoped to find something that felt cozy and warm, and this Manhattan one-bedroom fit the bill. “I never thought I would live alone, but I wound up doing it when I was 27 and had just graduated from business school,” she says. “Now here I am, still living alone eight years later!” Here’s a look around…

LIVING ROOM:
This Manhattan Home Feels Like a Jewel Box

Paint: Hague Blue. Chairs: antique, reupholstered with Rebecca Atwood Speckled Fabric in Smoke. Bench and coffee table: vintage. Star-shaped bowl: Astier de Villatte. Throw pillows, left to right: Rebecca Atwood, similar; St. Frank; St. Frank; St. Frank.

On painting a rental: My apartment is a rental, but I hoped to paint and add wallpaper, so when I was negotiating my lease, I brought that up right away. Thankfully, my landlord was fine with it! It was amazing how much colors transformed the space. I work long hours, so I wanted the living room to have a moody, fireside feeling you could relax into. And since the color is darker, I went with a semi-gloss paint, which helps reflects the light.

Christina Bryant St Frank Home Tour

On creative storage: In a small space, finding a place for everything can be a challenge, so it helps to recognize what parts of your storage can be on display. I put out all my books, of course, and all my cookware and clothes are in plain view. I also save shoeboxes as containers to live inside closets and cabinets.

Christina Bryant St Frank Home Tour

Sofa: custom, similar. Sisal rug: Restoration Hardware, similar. Cow hide rug: Forsyth x St. Frank. Bar cart: antique. Surfboard: Gary Linden x St. Frank.

On favorite places in NYC: For anyone visiting Manhattan, I’d recommend walking the old streets of Greenwich Village and stopping into neighborhood spots like Café Cluny. New York is such a walking city; I love to take long walks on weekends and pretend I’m a tourist — through Central Park or the Upper East Side.

Christina Bryant St Frank Home Tour

Table and chairs: vintage. Juju hats: St. Frank.

On non-dinner parties: I love having people over, but for dinner I can only fit two of us at this little table. So, mostly I invite friends for drinks and appetizers, and let them sprawl around the whole place. I figure it’s less about the food itself than bringing people together and just having fun.

KITCHEN:
Christina Bryant St Frank Home Tour

Paint: Green Blue. Mirror: vintage.

On the magic of a good paint job: When I first saw this apartment, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s amazing! Except for the kitchen.’ It was tiny and really dated. The aqua paint made the biggest difference. It was such a surprise. I couldn’t have foreseen how much I’d end up loving it.

Christina Bryant St Frank Home TourLarge bowl: Astier de Villatte. Cross: antique. Toaster: Smeg.

On an itty bitty kitchen: This is definitely a New York City kitchen. It’s a closet-sized nook where only one person fits, and it doesn’t have an oven. But I have a serious toaster oven. Apparently, it can cook a turkey, although I’ve never tried! I’ll make simple things like roasted vegetables or baked fish. Scrambled eggs and red wine is my ideal dinner.

Christina Bryant West Village Kitchen

On being in the moment: I’m 35, and most of my friends are married with children. But I’m enjoying this time in my life, being single, in my mid-30s, in Manhattan. Since I’m not a great cook, I’m looking for a guy who likes to cook, if you know anyone!

BEDROOM:
Christina Bryant St Frank Home Tour

Paint: Salon Drab. Wallpaper: St. Frank. Curtains: St. Frank custom drapery in Golden Maze Kuba Cloth. Bed: Restoration Hardware. Trunk and bedside lamps: vintage. Rug: Restoration Hardware. Chevron floor pillow: St. Frank. Light floor pillow: St. Frank.

On a sophisticated pink: I was excited to do pink in the bedroom, but I still wanted it to feel grown up. So, I chose a brown trim color to offset the pink wallpaper. I liked how subtle and earthy it feels. I think brown gets a bad rap. My nephew has been telling everyone he meets his favorite color is brown. And everyone is like, ‘Brown? Who says that?’ It’s so funny how people are anti-brown!

Christina Bryant St Frank Home Tour

Throw pillows, left to right: St. Frank, similar; Rule of Three; St. Frank, similar.

On the best part of solo living: I love talking to people; I will talk to a fence post. So, it’s nice to have forced time without people around, so I can find the space to take care of myself. It’s good for me. I think of myself as an extrovert, but as I get older, I need more alone time to recharge. Whenever I live with someone again, it will be a big change!

Christina Bryant St Frank Home TourDesk: antique. Chair: Restoration Hardware, reupholstered in St. Frank fabric. Fabric art: St. Frank, print version available here.

On the home office: I have a Tribeca office, but I also work every night at home, because that’s what you do as an entrepreneur. I’ve been doing it for so long that it doesn’t bother me to work right next to where I sleep. I’ve learned to shut off work mode and read before bed. I recently loved Daisy Jones and the Six. It has sex, drugs and rock and roll, and was hard to put down.

CLOSET:

Christina Bryant St Frank Home Tour

Paint: Brinjal. Rug: ABC Carpet & Home, similar.

On a personal closet: This closet felt very feminine to me, so I figured I’d embrace it and paint the whole thing lipstick pink. Even the ceiling. I love that when you live alone, you can decorate your space in a way that speaks to you.

Thank you so much, Christina!

P.S. More home tours, including a cottage in New Hampshire and a downsized family home in Sacramento.

(Photos by Kate Sears for Cup of Jo.)

  1. Cait Gibson says...

    I am obsessed with St. Frank and Christina. She’s an incredible entrepreneur, a badass single gal, and is changing the world! She is who I desire to be when I “grow up” (although she’s not much older than me!). Thanks for featuring such a beautiful space and soul!

  2. Catherine says...

    Living alone is the height of LUXURY. Making your own money, your own rules, is glorious. The apartment is perfection 💖

  3. Emma says...

    Love this apt!! I’m typically a more into the minimalist, white vibe, but this is so cozy, gorgeous and interesting.

  4. Amy says...

    Great post! Christina has such cool style and fantastic taste—what a gorgeous and fun apartment! I hope to shop at St Frank sometime soon! And definitely ask Christina for her beauty uniform! And her outfit choices!

  5. Katie says...

    I love seeing the $2 bill on her fridge….I’ve got one on mine, a gift from my late great grandfather who promised it would bring good luck!

  6. Lydia Salerno says...

    Christina Bryant firstly your house is INCREDIBLE! WOW!

    I also noticed you had mentioned that your skin is a work in progress… Have you Tried Dr Sam’s (by Dr Sam Bunting a London Dermatologist)
    CHANGED MY LIFE!
    She specialises in ‘grown up glow’ and understands the joyful combination that is blemishes and anti-aging.

    Hope this helps :)

    • Thanks so much for the tip!

  7. Sequoia says...

    I love St. Frank and I immediately recognized the house because I’ve trying to match the paint since she did the Sally King Benedict collab! The whole place is gorgeous, maybe I’ll stop by the Sacramento St store for some more inso!

    • Christina Bryant says...

      Thank you! Please do stop by our shop!! xx

  8. Nora says...

    1) this is the exact type of apt I would want if I was single and living in the city
    2) that is the most amazing closet for a 1 br manhattan rental
    Love it all. Living vicariously!!

    • Christina Bryant says...

      Haha! Thank you! It’s fun.

  9. Annie says...

    This home is fantastic – the colors, the patterns, the way it feels warm and lived in, but incredibly sophisticated! You can’t teach someone to design this way, but when you find someone that can — what a treat!

    • Christina Bryant says...

      Aw! Thank you so much!!

    • Jo says...

      I agree! So unique!

  10. C. says...

    She has a wonderful sense of color. It’s amazing how she put so much color into a small space but it doesn’t look overwhelming. That blush pink w/ the soft creamy brown is gorgeous.

    • Thank you so much! I know my style can be a lot, so I’m glad it works for you :).

  11. Azlin says...

    Christina can you help design my home? Your home is lovely! The colours, the furniture and decorations are beautiful 😍 Thinking of painting my bedroom blue and living room grey but seeing your blue living room makes me rethink that 😊

    • Christina Bryant says...

      Haha – I am not an interior designer, but sure thing! If you live in New York and want to make an appointment at our showroom, I’m happy to make some suggestions :). xx

  12. MYM says...

    Wow wow wow. Just amazing. I think this apartment is my favorite yet, of all home tours posted so far on CoJ. Love love love how nuanced all the colors are – the brown, the pale pink, and the lipstick pink.

    • Christina Bryant says...

      Thank you so much!!!

  13. Terry Beasley says...

    Hi Christina! Would you mind sharing who makes your dress (?) jumpsuit (?) in the first shot? Thanks! :-)

    • Of course! It’s HVN (and a dress suffering from static cling in this shot – haha!)

  14. I absolutely love this home. Refreshing to see a home that’s not all white walls and Moroccan rugs!

  15. renitent says...

    I kneel down in front of this beautiful home.

    • Faith says...

      Hahaha! I was similarly moved! It is stunning.

  16. Monica Mulhern says...

    Wow, I don’t usually comment but she did such a beautiful palette of colors that seem so much like her. I loved it, it felt personable, with character and so inviting to visit! Loved, loved!

    • Thank you so much! That’s so sweet.

  17. Audra says...

    Hands down my favorite home tour so far. You can tell this woman created this beautiful, artistic space for herself and not as a showpiece for instagram like so many of those all white apartments I see everywhere now!

  18. This apartment is absolutely beautiful. Will soon be in the process of redecorating my living room and I’m going for bold beautiful colors.

    • Thank you! Glad you like it!

  19. Kathryn says...

    Gorgeous! Every photo is pure eye candy and every nook perfectly curated. Those colors! Textures! Patterns! But my absolute favorite part though is that Christina is 35 and single and happily enjoying the exciting, beautiful life she’s built for herself. You’re a catch, lady – savor your independence while it lasts!

    • Thanks so much for the kind words and encouragement! So many perks to being single and I don’t want to miss this moment in time.

  20. I LOVE that this is no a “minimalist” apartment. I love seeing people embracing the beautiful things they love – especially when it’s a lot of THINGS. As Mr. Rogers beautifully reminds us: You know what’s so special about things: it reminds us of the people who gave them to us. (I would also include: reminds us of experiences, and times when we saw something beautiful that we bought our self. ;)

  21. Monika says...

    This is such an amazing, incredible skill; to be able to decorate in a way that is striking and inviting and utterly original. What is the secret? How do you know what to put together? Do you read design books, or just gravitate towards certain pieces and trust your instincts? (I’m not sure who I’m asking, so, anyone, feel free to answer…)

    • Bettina says...

      I agree, Monika! I could have an endless budget and still not be able to put things together this way. I really appreciate the talent of those who can!

    • Thank you! I developed my style by playing around and not being afraid to make mistakes. As a textile lover, I started with trying to understand pattern on pattern combinations and it grew from there. I love unexpected combinations, but I only find ones that work through experimenting. Sometimes my designs definitely flop because of that! :)

  22. BigAlTaylo says...

    What a stunning and thoughtfully-designed space! And yes, I would love a Beauty Uniform with Christina!

    • Thank you so much!! From a beauty perspective, I am battling acne and wrinkles a that same time. It’s an adventure – haha.

  23. AA says...

    THIS IS A RENTAL?? WHERE?
    Also not sure in what world this is small lol I live in NYC and this is much more luxurious and spacious than any rental I’ve seen here (like nicer than a $10K penthouse 1 bdrm in Tribeca)!

    • Haha. It’s a 4th floor walk up in Greenwich Village and costs nowhere near that, I assure you! I looked for many months and moved over Christmas like a crazy person, so I do think I got a good deal because of that. Maybe it looks bigger in photos. From the dining table you can touch the coffee table, for example! Interestingly, it seemed a LOT bigger once I moved in than when I walked through it empty. It’s the same square footage as the studio I lived in in San Francisco.

    • AA says...

      Haha thanks for your response! Maybe it does photograph larger but this seriously looks massive to me – I initially was convinced it was a brownstone and did a double take when I saw that it was a 1 bdrm. I have literally never seen an apt this nice, whether with brokers or even online (am a Streeteasy lurker) that wasn’t an absolutely absurd sum.. you definitely lucked out! :)

    • Yes! You can shop pretty much everything in my home at http://www.stfrank.com, too :). If you want to see more, I created a hashtag from my home where I share pics (because I’m crazy like that!) #ateenypieceofnyc. xx

  24. Rebecca says...

    What an absolutely STUNNING apartment!

  25. Jade says...

    Ahhhh, I just painted our main bedroom Hague Blue and wish I had read the trick about the semi gloss reflecting the light beforehand! Gorgeous apartment x

    • Hague Blue is the best! The most light will be with lacquer (though more expensive). I love how rich this color is in matte, too. I’m sure your place looks great!

  26. Gaby says...

    Wow, I can see why this apartment was featured. Christina, your use of color is genius. My house’s walls are a pale ivory white and I just never have known what to do, so they they are – white. I call it minimalism ;)

    • Haha! Thank you! Even though I am a maximalist, I enjoy minimalism, too! I think I’ll try out a white room in my next place – wild!

  27. Bianka says...

    What a beautiful home! Loved spotting the little pink AudioPro speaker in the bedroom as I have the same one and consider it one of my best investments.

  28. Laura C. says...

    This is amazing! I would have loved to see the bathroom thought.
    I am in rental too, and lately I have been thinking about asking my landlord to paint my walls. It is a game changer.
    Love the bedroom. That chimney!

    • Thank you! The bathroom is actually WHITE if you can believe it. It’s nothing to write home about.

  29. Rachel L says...

    We did the same in our living room…only ours is in Stiffkey Blue (pronounced ‘Stooky’) by the same company. The eggshell finish is essential I think, as Christina says, as the light just bounces off it. Our front door is Hague Blue too! We have a lot of art, and this gorgeous colour is the perfect background – cosy, warm and beautiful. This whole apartment is fabulous! I love home tours x

    • Thank you! I love the way darker walls show off art. Your place sounds fab!

  30. Brooke says...

    I’ve already commented how totally delicious this apartment is but I also want to add that on the topic of feeling deeply open to love but also loving the richness of one’s own company that I too-in my late 30s -am feeling that so deeply. Not in an “anti- relationship” way but in a “Wow, I am very much in this moment, deeply alive and with myself.” I feel that in your life/apartment Christina and how you spoke to being in this moment. I so appreciate Cup of Jo as one of many emerging spaces that names the joy in many ways of life instead of “all coupled life is better than all single life” that can get poured over us as women.

    Also on a sillier note, this Emily Heller stand up routine is such a cheeky way of claiming the goodness of a woman’s life on her own:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zbuWMwCgTtQ

  31. Mathilda says...

    The Green Blue ist fantastic! It’s def. going to be my next kitchen-colour. And I loved reading about a woman without kids around my age. This is so rare that I sometimes think, I’m alone in this world.

    • You are not alone! Whenever I’m reading in bed and sleeping 9 hours (which is often), I think, “enjoy this luxury!”

  32. Ingrid says...

    Choosing a perfect color shade is a talent. Christina has it! I love her color choices! I don’t think I could do as well, but I know perfection when I see it.

    • Aw, thank you! I use Farrow + Ball’s tight color offering and it makes it easier.

  33. june says...

    I think this is the most grown up boho look I’ve seen, and that’s a compliment. The pink tone is spot on and the desk area? I LOVE IT so much. I don’t see a kitchen sink though. . .I actually prefer a good toaster oven, those tall skinny Asian refrigerators and an induction cooktop to a conventional oven/fridge but I need a full sized sink.

    • Thank you! The kitchen is honestly too small to photograph. I don’t have a full size sink, unfortunately. It’s a small, round sink that’s deep. It’s ok for now!

  34. P says...

    She mentioned negotiating her lease. How common is that, really? I feel like landlords are usually in the position of power in overcrowded cities like New York and don’t have to negotiate. I would love tips on how to do this!

    • Haha! I’m a scrappy entrepreneur, so I guess I’m just used to negotiating everything (and I find that almost everything is negotiable). Try it out!

  35. Kristin says...

    Oh and really want to know what the bathroom looks like too…

    • It’s so basic TBH – white and what appears to be faux marble with a bad caulking job. Ha! The joys of renting!

  36. Kristin says...

    What a great apartment. SUCH good use of color – every shade is perfection!

  37. Karin says...

    Gorgeous colors! I would love to see more of the kitchen. Having trouble picturing what a kitchen that small actually looks like and how the fridge fits in.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      It’s basically the size of a small closet — so hard to shoot more of it because it doesn’t fit into a shot! :) you can see a little if it in the living room photo — see how it’s like a small square closet? Wish we could all go for a walk through :)

    • Joanna is right. You basically walk from my living room into a tiny space with a sink, cabinets, and hot plates (and my now-famous toaster oven) and it connected to a pantry (pictured) with the fridge and shelves. Too tight to capture on camera!

  38. I LOVE when CoJ features small living spaces and the people who live in them. In a culture that glorifies MORE MORE MORE, it’s refreshing to see how people can live so fully given minimal space. Living in 300 sq-ft with my husband, I am always inspired by others who are also maximizing their lives simply by putting value into the things they have and creating a homespace with intention. It can be a challenge, but what is gained is priceless :)

    Also, I would love to see a week of outfits with Christina. With the style of an apartment like that, I can only imagine her wardrobe staples!

    • This home is absolutely gorgeous! Ahhh, I dREAM of living in my own apartment in New York one day, a cozy writer’s nook, a classy, light filled space, and plants EVERYWHERE! Thank you for sharing this! X

    • Thank you! I love small spaces, too. City living! I’m sure your place is great. And happy to show you my wardrobe staples anytime! Staples being the key word because I definitely wear the same outfits on repeat and sometimes shamelessly wear the same thing many days in a row. xx

  39. Lulu says...

    What a great place! Can you please do a beauty uniform with Christina Bryant??

    • Haha! Sounds fun. I struggle with my skin so much, so I’m not sure I’m nailing that bit. Thanks for the kind words!

  40. Amy says...

    The tiny strips of wallpaper between the brown trim is *commitment*. Colour me impressed! I’d love to see photos of the transitions between strongly-coloured rooms in these photos. I consider painting more colours but am curious how to make it all come together. Also, toaster ovens are the bomb. We have a regular oven and no toaster, and the toaster oven gets used multiple times a day for toast, reheating pizza, making garlic buns, toasting nuts….

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Good question about the flow of colors! She said her approach is to get all the paint from the same paint company because they can advise you how they go together.

  41. Emily says...

    What a burst of eye candy. Thank you for showcasing this home. It’s very different from others you’ve done more recently. Love that you mix it up. Please keep doing this and representing lots of different styles!

  42. Those deep navy walls are amazing! I’m kind of obsessed and want to take a paint brush to my entire house!

    Paige

    • I’m glad you like them! Sometimes I wish I’d went with Studio Green – check that one out! xx

  43. Nadine Hughey says...

    So pretty & posh. I like the combo of pink & brown – think neutrals get a bad rap sometimes. But it’s really whatever speaks to us that matters!

    • Thank you!! Pink has always been my fave color. xx

  44. omg, I want to pin this entire apartment. It really does look like a jewel box. I am just getting to the point where I want redo the look of the living room and bedroom. So many good ideas here.

    xoKaelen

    • Aww – Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed the peek. xx

  45. SiSi says...

    Jo, could we get link to her magic toaster oven, please?))

  46. stefana says...

    some notes:
    1. WOW! the apartment is beautiful! i am personally more of a “white walls and too many plants” aesthetic but i always love (and secretly envy) people that can be so bold with colour in their homes. this apartment takes the cake
    2. i know it’s not nice to ask for extras when you already give so much but would you consider posting floor plans in these posts? i love how many different shapes and sizes these houses come in and i’m always curious about the birds-eye view of the place

    • Amy says...

      Same!! I love looking at houses for sale (currently no intention of buying) and having a floor plan just makes it all come together in my head. Our current home had a floorplan on the listing and I’m certain that played a part in our purchase, haha.

    • Molly says...

      Me too, I can’t picture how it all fits without floor plans! Would it be too much trouble to include… pretty please 😀

    • Thank you so much! I don’t think floor plans for my place exist, unfortunately. Would love them myself. xx

  47. This space is so beautiful. It’s absolute goals!

    • Thank you! That’s so sweet. xx

  48. Adrienne says...

    Introduce Christina to David Coggins! :) :)

    • Mari says...

      hahaha

    • Haha! I don’t know who that is, but welcome any setups. My parents met on a blind date.

  49. Colleen S says...

    I love that wall color in the living area. My landlords would never agree to it, but dang.

    • Haha. Do it anyway? Sometimes it’s better to ask for forgiveness rather than permission. ;)

  50. Christina says...

    This house tour is incredible. I am drooling over every bit of it!!!! BRB, rushing home to buy paint and re-do my entire life.

    • Thank you! Have fun!! Haha xx

  51. Maywyn says...

    Wow! The colors are so perfect, the brains that chose them, the entire design are tops!

  52. Emma says...

    I think the big take away here is the toaster oven than can cook a turkey :)

  53. Audrey says...

    “scrambled eggs and red wine is my ideal dinner”. SAME! Not cooking a full meal for dinner is one thing I definitely miss about not having a family.

    • Kate says...

      Scrambled eggs and red wine is my ideal dinner – Same! :)

    • I’m glad we’re all on the same page!

  54. Rebecca says...

    Good lord, what a paint inspiration!! Thank you for linking to the paint colors, I’m bookmarking this one for future reference. But I have to know, what’s the toaster oven brand? Have you baked in it? I would love to use my big oven less but am scared to take the plunge for fear of getting a dud.

  55. Laura says...

    Do you have a source for the beautiful drapery rods?

    • I ordered them custom from Restoration Hardware!

  56. Jessica Camerata says...

    That pink wallpaper is amazing. Also loving all the styling of the shelves. Pure perfection!

    xo Jessica

  57. Kendra says...

    Absolutely stunning. Where does Christina find these incredible antique and vintage pieces?!? Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Kendra! Check out my business – http://www.stfrank.com – as we work with artisans around the world to produce our line and we source from vintage vendors. Most of my antique furniture is from my mom’s storage (post-downsizing) and the rest is picked up from my travels, including the St. Frank collection. I love 1stDibs and Chairish as well. Hope that helps! xx

  58. Cynthia says...

    wow wow wow perfection

  59. Hilary says...

    Am I the only one who wants to know exactly what toaster over can cook a turkey?!

  60. Anonygirl says...

    Those paint colors are so good.

    • I’m glad you like them! Farrow & Ball all the way!

  61. Christine says...

    Just phenomenal!! I love color, but have never used such deep rich colors for paint. She really has a knack for pulling it together.

  62. Lauren says...

    The colors are so gorgeous! I am looking around my beloved Brooklyn rental with its white walls and wondering if I should email my landlord to ask if I can paint them!!! It really does make all the difference.

    Also very inspired by a woman who loves being single in her 30s in the city. I’m in the same boat, and it could definitely be a lot worse (spoiler alert: it’s the best).

    • Totally! I’m with ya, sista! Thanks for the kind words. xx

  63. Talia says...

    What a gorgeous place! I love the paint colors she chose. In a world of white, beige and neutral colors, this is inspiring and welcoming. The blue is so cozy! (and that kitchen!!)

    • Thank you for the love!! xx

    • Thank you! I’m glad you like it. :)

  64. Jenny says...

    This house! This cool lady doing the thing! I am living for the semigloss navy paint— such a surprise! The comment about Joanna’s sister putting up her fun photos for residency made me cry! I’m in med school, and I have a hard-fought independence and loving friend family. I’m already scared of, and excited by, how to build a feeling of home in residency. For now I’m 30, in a tiny studio apartment with a good dog and exactly two forks. I’m single, but my life has never been filled with more love (or less jabronis)

    • Danielle says...

      Jenny, I’m a PGY5 (second year of fellowship). For me, home and framily were a big deal in thriving during residency. I painted the walls of my apartment during a long stretch of nights and then hung meaningful items on all the walls- handmade artwork, pictures and souvenirs from travel, my grandmother’s aluminum colander. Coming home to a space that declared my identity and reminded me of my roots helped with how depersonalizing medical training can feel.

      But! The friends I made in residency were the real treasure. Once we all realized that everyone else was as tired and scared as we were, we became a strangely beautiful sort of support network. They are the people who can hear the crazy stories and understand what you were feeling. They’re the ones who get it when work life bleeds into life-life and take you out for drinks when things get rough. (And also the people with whom I learned to love Tots and Rose and watching The Bachelor).

    • Thank you so much! Sending good vibes your way for med school, residency, and all the adventures ahead. Rock on! xx

  65. marty says...

    It’s all so good, but that bedroom is incredible! Love the pinks and browns, and all the textures. Dreamy….

  66. Trish says...

    My favorite color is brown, too!

    • maggie says...

      favorite comment.

    • Haha I think my nephew likes it because… CHOCOLATE!

  67. I am really impressed,you have a very nice apartment.

    • Thank you! I am grateful for it. :)

  68. Martha L. says...

    Gorgeous, just gorgeous!!!

  69. Elizabeth says...

    My favorite house tour ever. It feels traditional but still perfect in NYC. If I didn’t already live here, it would make me want to move to a one bedroom in the city asap.

    • Heather says...

      Yes! When I walk by an elegant apartment building in NYC and try to catch a glimpse of what’s inside, this is what I dream of seeing – a cozy window bench, a subtly lovely radiator cover, hardwood floors, rich fabrics, deep colors, a fireplace… Beautiful but unstuffy.

    • Brooke says...

      Oh Elizabeth and Heather, so perfectly said! There’s something like a British movie about a peek into a elegant velvet glowy hardwood apartment… This whole look is scrumptious.

    • Oh thank you! That is so sweet. xx

  70. Denise says...

    I’m swooning over all those colors! The raspberry closet, the mint kitchen, the teal living room… This is a glorious home tour.

    • Jessica says...

      Yes!

    • Thank you! I’m so glad you liked it :).

  71. Cynthia says...

    We have an oven but rarely use it because our toaster oven is fantastic. Unless you’re cooking a lot of food at once, using a full size oven for one item is a waste of energy. I like the use of color throughout the apartment.

    • Totally! It works. Thanks for the kind words. xx

  72. M says...

    Gorgeous! Such a lovely apartment. Love all the paint! I am saving the names for my next project!!

    • Thank you! I’m definitely using Studio Green next time – check that one out. xx

  73. Kate says...

    Have never wanted to paint all the rooms in my house more! That dark pink color is giving me some feelings.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i felt the same way about the green kitchen! so beautiful.

  74. Pamela says...

    What a lovely home. My kids started back to school today and this is inspiring me to get back to the home projects I had going before summer started. I still need to source some more art for the colored walls my twin sister inspired me to commit to. (Breakfast Room Green In the Living Room and Borrowed Light in the Dining room.) Your website is my favorite place on the internet.

  75. Rachel says...

    Good lord! This is so dreamy. If I wasn’t married (and didn’t have to deal with my designer husband’s opinions), this would be my absolute dream. And a toaster oven sounds just the ticket for one person- especially in the summer when anything that makes the house warmer should be banned!

  76. Olivia says...

    Slight typo: helps reflect the light

    Awesome use of color, bravo to her on choosing them!! That would be so hard!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you, olivia!

  77. In a world of white instagrammable minimalist decorating, this feels really refreshing. I love it!

    • Kelli says...

      AGREED! It was so refreshing to see a home with real flavor and color after all the same white/beige color scheme.

    • Elizabeth R. says...

      If ‘You’ve Got Mail’ was updated for 2019, this would be Kathleen Kelly’s apartment. I mean that as a massive compliment.

  78. WOWEE! This is so beautiful! I live in a white home, but I so appreciate the use of colours done right like in this gorgeous home!

    • Thank you so much! All the credit to Farrow & Ball for their beautifully curated colors. xx

  79. Jenna says...

    I LOVE this apartment. The color is phenomenal. I find myself tired by the white wall aesthetic but this. This is like drinking a warm cup of chai tea :)

    • Oh thank you! I love tea :). xx

  80. Eli says...

    What a beautiful space! I am dying over the gold (velvet?) couch!! If I ever get a couch, I am definitely going that direction. This piece is exactly what I needed to see today. Separated from my husband 3 weeks ago and am trying to make my new apartment feel like home (it’s so dull and boring). Great ideas here to take with me… and I’m wearing those same shoes she has on (Frida’s!!) :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      eli, what a fun project to make your space feel like home. you might try hanging up (or even taping up) some photos of people you love. when my sister was in her residency and working around the clock, she hung up a bunch of family photos right when she walked into her apartment. she said it reminded her of all her loved ones and that she had this big fun life, even when she wasn’t feeling it that exact day :) sending you love!

    • ANDREA says...

      Get the velvet couch, or a velvet chaise! There is nothing better, more luxurious or better for cat owners! FB marketplace is where I found my new West Elm midnight blue chaise for 1/2 retail!

    • Carolyn says...

      Separated from mine 5 months ago and changing the space was so important to me. Go for it and follow your whims! I bought stuff I never would have before and recently looked around and realized that I love every single thing in my space now. Sending you a big hug!

    • Eli, sending love your way! I’m sorry that you’re going through this difficult time. I’m here to tell you that once you get used to it, living alone is seriously so great. And, yes, Freda shoes are THE BEST. Thanks for the kind words. xx

  81. i LOVE that semi gloss blue in the living room!!!

    • L says...

      We have a strikingly similar very dark blue (though matte) in our bedroom and it is THE best. Like being in a very comfortable, moody cave…in a good way.