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Sheila's Practically Palatial




Brooklyn, New York



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What I Love About My Home

The layout rocks. It's small, but is perfect for two (practically palatial for one!). The living room and bedroom are at opposite ends of the apartment. The kitchen and bath were just remodeled, which opened the entire space. When people visit, "comfortable", "airy", and "warm" are always stated.

Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home

Having to wait 6 years before remodeling the kitchen and bath. 180 sf. ft. were gained. Prior to the remodel, the "eat-in area" was never used and served as extra storage. That said, living in the space was essential to understanding how it flowed, which helped exponentially in the remodel. (NOTE: Furniture in floorplan has changed, but layout is the same)

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Comments (55)

kitchen is to die for, so unexpected and yet perfect

posted by Lady J on April 15, 2011 at 4:16pm
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You're kitchen is really awesome! I love the finishes and the dining banquette.

posted by rajaune on April 15, 2011 at 10:45am
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Brilliant! Cozy and spacious, love the combination of warm colors in the living and bedroom, the classic hallway, and stone kitchen. The hallway lighting is my favorite in the entire AT series on lights. This entry is my favorite by far.

posted by Zenezie on April 15, 2011 at 8:13am
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The living room is beautiful!

posted by Tara from BrooklynTalks on April 15, 2011 at 8:17am
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It's beautiful. And you're bucking all the AT trends!

posted by ingridli on April 15, 2011 at 8:41am
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Gorgeous! It's warm and inviting yet dramatic, without being overpowering. A beautiful and unexpected departure from the minimalism of most of the Small Cool entries! If I could vote for this twice, I would. The bedroom is especially stunning.

posted by sororitysheep on April 15, 2011 at 8:53am
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Your bedroom is gorgeous! I'm curious what is in the picture opposite of the bed, though. It looks exciting with many knobs or drawer pulls? Quite curious and I wish that there were more pictures!

posted by ShadowLotus on April 15, 2011 at 9:11am
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Also, I agree with ShadowLotus, that does look exciting. Is it a wall of votives?

posted by emilynoelle on April 15, 2011 at 10:30am
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The hallway lighting and grey stone kitchen are gorgeous, and there is something about the bedroom that reminds me of an English country house. Amazing.

posted by emilynoelle on April 15, 2011 at 10:29am
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Love it! It seems the kitchen was worth the wait.

posted by estrellitas on April 15, 2011 at 10:52am
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I love it, makes me feel like curling up in your chaise and read one of the many books in your bookcase! Also am curious about the wall opposite the bed...perhaps a house tour...

posted by teresadelizo on April 15, 2011 at 11:42am
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Every space is amazing. Love the green walls and ceilings, the arches, the dark colored furniture, your bed is outstanding. I especially love your dinning area! Absolutely wonderful!

posted by Tracy333 on April 15, 2011 at 12:00pm
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I absolutely love your bedroom, and the lighting in your hall way is the coolest thing.

posted by Norrey on April 15, 2011 at 12:01pm
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i hope you are moving out soo, cause i would like to move in there as soon as possible!!!
it's a graet "home seet home"!

posted by ticca on April 15, 2011 at 4:37pm
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Classic NYC! I love it. I have a similar deco armoire.

posted by SDazzle on April 15, 2011 at 4:42pm
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Um, awesome?

posted by Calamity Ayne on April 15, 2011 at 5:46pm
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Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

posted by KayinKCMO on April 15, 2011 at 5:49pm
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posted by eveapple on April 15, 2011 at 6:04pm
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The bookcases in the living room are probably my favorite choice of anything done in the "Small Cool" for the year.

posted by HandmadeKatie on April 15, 2011 at 6:13pm
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I like the layout.

posted by Ofelia on April 15, 2011 at 6:14pm
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this is gorgeous! im crazy about that light fixture in the entry - wheres it from??

posted by elizabeth11 on April 16, 2011 at 10:29pm
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Such a rich looking home for its size. It seems so much bigger.

posted by junklover on April 15, 2011 at 8:31pm
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Love the entry hall chandelier!

posted by Gaidig on April 15, 2011 at 11:09pm
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I don't even know where to begin to tell you how much I love this. Way to prove that style doesn't necessarily mean trend. Your octopus lightbulb creation makes me smile. The whole place looks like some sort of really fun museum.

posted by MsPface on April 16, 2011 at 1:03am
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i think the house is beautiful. yet now it seems the living room needs an update and clearing.

posted by queenyellowsun on April 16, 2011 at 1:19am
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I'm pleased to see someone using more substantial furnishings in a small space.I love eclectic and maximizing space,but does it have to always resort to dollhouse size pieces and poster art.Your small space shows it doesn't.

Daring and I like it.

posted by hello123 on April 16, 2011 at 3:06am
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posted by missbrown2you on April 16, 2011 at 3:35am
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ditto on bucking the trends! Good job!

posted by delg23 on April 16, 2011 at 12:25pm
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Where did you get the light in the foyer from? It is divine and absolutely perfect and gives off SO much light. I am in love with your table and bench seat... wonderful idea and you can seat tons of people. Smart, smart, layout. The moody space is phenomenal.

posted by Ban Clothing on April 16, 2011 at 2:43pm
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Love it! Dramatic and Refreshingly YOUnique!

posted by jodiek on April 16, 2011 at 7:06pm
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I had to come back and look at the pictures again...sigh..I love it, and yes, you are a fav!

posted by wendym1 on April 16, 2011 at 10:02pm
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I love everything about your space...the bedroom really has me intrigued. I am wondering how big is the bedroom since the space is in the 700 range? It really doesn't matter though..I would still live there...great job!

posted by wendym1 on April 16, 2011 at 9:35pm
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What, no Ikea?

posted by Beautyeverywhere on April 16, 2011 at 11:25pm
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Srsly awesome - really pulls you in to stay awhile!

posted by Beautyeverywhere on April 16, 2011 at 11:26pm
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SO many wonderful touches. Definitely feels like living takes place here. Can you tell us more about the amazing hallway lighting? Your kitchen/dining area is making me swoon. Homey and stylish!

posted by doony on April 17, 2011 at 12:17am
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Lovely. What's the green paint colour you used in your bedroom?

posted by SarahBerneche on April 17, 2011 at 9:51am
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This gets my vote because it doesn't have white kitchen cabinets. The dark, rich colours work really well.

posted by pearmelon on April 17, 2011 at 2:05pm
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So cozy. Ouch throw some cushions on those hard wooden benches in the kitchen.

posted by House Voyeur on April 18, 2011 at 12:13pm
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Oh my gosh! I didn't realize that I was a contender! This is exciting.

Answers: Bedroom is 12'x14'; hall chandelier is the "Edison Chandelier" from, believe it or not, Pottery Barn; IKEA is present - the Billy bookshelves; with exception of the bookcases and the 11-year old sofa, all furniture is resale - including the bed, which my mom bought at a Salvation Army in 1986 for $400; The colors in the living room are Benjamin Moore Ceiling - Meadow View (383), Walls - Porcelain White (239)...Kitchen Walls (same), Banquette - Midsummer Night (2134 -20; it's a deep, warm charcoal)...Hall Ceiling - Alexandria Beige (HC-77). I know the name of the bedroom is "Earthy Sage," but I don't recall the number. It's really a martini olive green.

Thanks for all of the comments!

posted by NYCRedhead on April 18, 2011 at 12:50pm
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The banquette is surprisingly comfortable, actually. I'm sitting at it right now! ;)

posted by NYCRedhead on April 18, 2011 at 12:52pm
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Oh, and yes, I have 4 iron gate panels with a total of 28 votives on the wall across from my bed. Again, Pottery Barn.

posted by NYCRedhead on April 18, 2011 at 12:55pm
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the furniture is not particularly my style but this apartment is so well done I had to click favorite! the layout you created is very persuasive.

posted by sofistiphunk on April 18, 2011 at 6:11pm
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Best one yet.

posted by ccahillmn on April 18, 2011 at 6:26pm
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Absolutely love your home . Gorgeous!

posted by kimscollectables on April 18, 2011 at 7:50pm
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need a roommate?

posted by art4ever on April 18, 2011 at 11:25pm
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The industrial/minimalist "chandalier" in the foyer gives me chills. In a good way. Could easily live in this space.

posted by prairiepearl on April 19, 2011 at 12:33am
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This apartment is a little piece of heaven. So comfy and cozy. The colors are some of my favorite. I would love to live here!!!

posted by JillyJillBird on April 19, 2011 at 5:26am
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Yup, move over I am moving in!!!! Love this place!

posted by DDDepecheMode on April 19, 2011 at 5:32am
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posted by chittypoppink on April 19, 2011 at 1:59pm
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You really have an eye! Wish you could do a makeover of my apt!! Good luck!!

posted by kiramonkey on April 19, 2011 at 2:17pm
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Very cozy. The perfect place to snuggle in on a snowy or rainy day.

posted by berniebob on April 19, 2011 at 6:21pm
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I love it Sheila - will you come decorate my house? :)

posted by Joliej on April 22, 2011 at 7:32am
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That bedroom is luscious!

posted by Babaroo on April 22, 2011 at 12:32pm
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Yay Sheila! Win it girl!

posted by Love Lee on April 22, 2011 at 6:05pm
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It is amazing how big your place looks. You have just the right amount of stuff in it, and all great stuff. Your style is wonderful, very refreshing after all the 50s stuff flooding the media. Two thumbs up.

posted by nancyalice on April 29, 2011 at 5:38pm
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