Michael's Mini Manhattan Home
Location:New York, New York
What I Love About My Home
The large windows, dark wood floors, brick wall, fireplace, and high ceilings are no doubt the details that have kept us living in this apartment for nearly five years, not to mention that Central Park is half a block away. We also love that having this small space has forced us to continually streamline our possessions and come up with ways to organize. Our bookcase, which we saved money on by designing and staining ourselves, has reached maximum capacity now that it houses -- in addition to books -- wine, spirits, and our collection of textiles from our travels. We built an industrial shelf unit for the closet in the living room so that it doubles as both storage and an entertainment center, holding not only the TV on a pivoting wall mount but the surround sound receiver and DVD player, our laptops, office supplies, and folding bikes.
Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home
The biggest challenge was decorating our apartment so that it is both spacious for when we have dinner and overnight guests, and yet functional for when it is just the two of us. We love cooking for friends, and although it's snug, our little table does fit four people...yes, shocking. Living in Manhattan means frequent visitors, and our sleeper sofa makes sharing our quarters bearable. As for when it is just us, and we want to watch a movie, we can slide our TV out of the closet (behind the living room wingback chair) where it is concealed on a pivoting wall mount.
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