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Nicole's Old-World Style Home

Name:

Nicole

Location:

Brooklyn, New York

Division:

Little

Square Feet:

750

What I Love About My Home


Three months ago we moved to South Williamsburg into the apartment of our dreams. The building is about a hundred years old and has been impeccably preserved. All our windows still have the beautifully detailed original molding. The coolest thing is that they have been painted over a million times, an affect only reached by age. We decided to go with a museum feel design to compliment the space. Hope you enjoy our home!

Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home


Getting the furniture into the apartment! We have a three floor walk up to our apartment and a tiny entrance door. Our best find was the sexy blue chesterfield sofa in our living room. It took Alex and his friend Ben one hour to get the couch up and then a genius strategy to get it actually in through the door. Thank god no one was coming up or down the stairs!

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Is that a wagon wheel coffee table? How cool!

posted by L.Tor on April 22, 2011 at 10:20am
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Gorgeous.

posted by Chenell on April 22, 2011 at 10:35am
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to sassylady- I am def keeping the wagon wheel coffee table. lol

posted by Mr. K on April 22, 2011 at 10:45am
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Beautifully edited! Nicely done.

posted by voiture12 on April 22, 2011 at 10:45am
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Love this spot!

posted by Mr. K on April 22, 2011 at 8:34am
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Beautiful space, and I love how you've furnished and decorated it!

posted by Pink Bear on April 22, 2011 at 12:22pm
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Oh my, I love that couch.

posted by apappa on April 22, 2011 at 8:43am
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This is my favorite. Warm but not overdone-- you knew just when to stop. Your friends must love coming over for coffee.

And, once again, that damned tulip table taunts me with how perfect it looks in every room, in every aesthetic.

posted by latoyaversailles on April 22, 2011 at 8:44am
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Beautiful.

posted by callaloo on April 22, 2011 at 8:50am
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Your home is absolutely gorgeous!! I love every last square inch of it. Makes me really miss Brooklyn.

posted by Suzanne @ RowHouse on April 22, 2011 at 8:59am
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I hope I can say the word DAMN! My mother-in-law were just sitting in front of the computer drooling over this one.

posted by Otilly on April 22, 2011 at 9:21am
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I picture Truman Capote and Jackie O coming over for tea! so jealous.

posted by ec05 on April 22, 2011 at 9:25am
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Haha - as soon as I saw the wagon wheel coffee table I thought of When Harry Met Sally - it made me laugh. :) Really fabulous apartment, and that sofa is to die for!

posted by Sassyladie on April 22, 2011 at 10:27am
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By far MY Favorite!
So warm and inviting.

posted by carlhag on April 22, 2011 at 10:30am
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This is so beautiful and the only weak spot is the skimpy little palm tree. If I were a stylist or editor or something like that I'd say take it out.
But it is your home and I do not believe that homes should be perfect. There is a kind of
Charlie Brown's Christmas tree appeal to it.

posted by Kate (NC) on April 22, 2011 at 10:30am
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Would haved like to see the kitchen and bathroom.

posted by le_mond on April 22, 2011 at 10:32am
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The palm was found dead on the street, we brought it home in hopes of bringing it back to life...

posted by Mr. K on April 22, 2011 at 10:34am
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Where is that leather chair from? It's lovely!

posted by JulesDC on April 22, 2011 at 10:48am
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STUNNING!

posted by bellebottomblues on April 22, 2011 at 10:52am
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Holy ish, that couch! So beautiful!

posted by JasmineIsDomestic on April 22, 2011 at 10:53am
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leather chair was bought 15 years ago at Macy's my dad handed it down to me.

posted by Mr. K on April 22, 2011 at 10:54am
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my absolute favorite so far!!!!

posted by e53 on April 22, 2011 at 10:54am
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I'm jealous of the palm. :/

This is an example of a home that is almost the exact opposite of my personal decor style and yet I find it incredibly beautiful and inspiring. It feels rich and elegant and like it has a story to tell.

And one day, when I grow up, I too will have a Chesterfield sofa. yes, perhaps an indigo leather one. Sigh.

P.S. Re: the wheel wagon coffee table? Make sure it isn't taken away by "The Law Firm of This is Mine, This is Yours."

posted by cvgmiami on April 22, 2011 at 10:59am
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keep your eyes open cvgmiami! we found this chesterfield on craigslist. and got it for $2500. The dude who owned it paid over $9,000. just gotta be patient and completely obsessed with searching craigslist.

posted by Mr. K on April 22, 2011 at 11:06am
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Ku-dos, guys. I too covet that sofa.

And I love your Paris (Florence?) picture in the 4th picture. (Please don't tell me it's just a cutting board or something and make me feel all embarrassed!)

posted by AmyinPittsburgh on April 22, 2011 at 11:15am
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thanks! its not a cutting board! it's oil on canvas.

posted by Mr. K on April 22, 2011 at 11:27am
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Love the apartment! That sorry looking palm is a dracena. You might try cutting off the top & rooting it, and letting the bottom with its roots send out a new shoot.

posted by Barefoot1 on April 22, 2011 at 11:28am
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Thanks Barefoot, I actually did something along those lines, then I re-planted it and hopefully it's beginning to re-root. I dont know if shes gonna make it...

posted by Mr. K on April 22, 2011 at 11:32am
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Love the fish hanging. Think I'll move mine to the living room like what you guys did

posted by Montclair Mike on April 22, 2011 at 11:35am
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Perfect. Absolutely perfect.

posted by paperkite on April 22, 2011 at 11:39am
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love this

posted by diana hope on April 22, 2011 at 11:39am
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Love your place! I have been searching for a Chesterfield, seeing this one makes me simultaneously jealous and hopeful.

posted by callmecordelia on April 22, 2011 at 11:54am
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This entry made me finally join AT. Your home is stunning down to the last detail... and I just love that you rescued that sorry little dracena from the street.

I'd love to see a full house tour!

posted by Babaroo on April 22, 2011 at 11:59am
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Is it cause I'm a guy that I don't get all the love for this place? It looks very haphazard to me, the furniture arrangement doesn't seem right, and all you see of the kitchen is just a couple of wood shelves.

posted by le_mond on April 22, 2011 at 12:21pm
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posted by cvgmiami on April 22, 2011 at 12:26pm
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Stunning! Where in S. Williamsburg is this place? Could I have your landlord's number? ;)

posted by Helvetiver on April 22, 2011 at 12:35pm
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rebuttal - We just moved in a few months ago, so things are still being figured out. The living room is the only room that is even close to finished. The bathroom has nothing to show off, yet. And as for the rest, slowly but surely, it's a work in progress. And I dont think it has anything to do with you being a guy, in my opinion it has a more masculine than feminine style.

posted by Mr. K on April 22, 2011 at 12:29pm
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It's beautiful! very good Job on furnishing this small apartment, I love it!

posted by BillieY on April 22, 2011 at 12:31pm
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Hm well I don't really get how it's masculine. I thought the style was supposed to be kind of romantic and old-fashioned? I can't say I know any guys who have done their place in this style.

posted by le_mond on April 22, 2011 at 12:37pm
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This is my absolute favorite of all of Small Cool. I want your apartment. I want your Chesterfield, your club chair, your lamps, your bed. I want it all. Gimme.

posted by austinpeahen on April 22, 2011 at 12:58pm
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Our landlord also owns Peter Lugers steakhouse!

posted by Mr. K on April 22, 2011 at 12:46pm
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Beautiful. Great Job! ;)

posted by GiselleB on April 22, 2011 at 12:56pm
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Absolutely beautiful place. I would love to have seen more pictures. Wondered what you've done with your very long hall. :)

posted by Tracy333 on April 22, 2011 at 12:59pm
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Wow, undenialable elegance!

posted by Cymansezdesign_ on April 22, 2011 at 1:11pm
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I am SO jealous of your windows.

posted by waterlily on April 22, 2011 at 1:26pm
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i loveeee that couch... love you all.

posted by atogo on April 22, 2011 at 1:58pm
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move out! i want. :)

posted by allycami on April 22, 2011 at 2:04pm
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wrought iron beds get me everytime !!! i own one and smile everytime i look at it ... I love that you didnt over decorate the bedroom and those windows ... gorgeous !!

posted by altoria on April 22, 2011 at 2:15pm
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My favourite too! :)

posted by MindShapedBox on April 22, 2011 at 2:33pm
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Beautiful, warm, inviting, classy. What more could you want?

posted by Kacie3 on April 22, 2011 at 2:34pm
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Before moving to NY, I lived in a small VA town where almost every house was 100 years old and the poor insulation just made everyone depressed in the winter -not to mention the utilities were way too high. I swore off old places but I think this post might have changed my mind... and the bedroom is a dream...

posted by ratskolnikov on April 22, 2011 at 3:06pm
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I'm in love with the bedroom

posted by Francesca from Milan on April 22, 2011 at 3:15pm
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When you have finished the house please do a full House Tour. Need to see more.

posted by MoMoo on April 22, 2011 at 3:21pm
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how does one go about doing a house tour?

posted by Mr. K on April 22, 2011 at 3:40pm
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Come decorate my place please!!!

posted by The Vintage Spoon on April 22, 2011 at 4:13pm
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I'm loving the charm of this home and appreciating the bridge detail in the floor plan :)

posted by jt472 on April 22, 2011 at 4:50pm
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Definitely one of my favorites! The windows are great, especially in the bedroom. I like that the bed is against the windows...and the bed is nice. It's such a cheery and cozy place with all the light. I would love to see more!

posted by junklover on April 22, 2011 at 5:17pm
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Mr. K, click on the link for the submission form:
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/news/house-tour-submission-form-072314

posted by argylecardigan on April 22, 2011 at 5:40pm
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your living room is what I've been aiming for with mine. Bravo!

posted by Jreyna87 on April 22, 2011 at 6:07pm
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This has got to be one of my most favorite apartments that I have ever seen on this site, I love this apartment.

posted by Pam C on April 22, 2011 at 7:34pm
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posted by The Happy Heathen on April 22, 2011 at 8:22pm
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I must be out of step with the AT universe because to me this looks unfinished and not well pulled together. I also really dislike when living rooms are arranged with a big sofa staring directly at the TV. The space itself is very nice though, and great windows. Clearly most AT folks love this.

posted by ecorabbit on April 22, 2011 at 9:07pm
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Thanks for the input, I too belive the tv should be moved from the center.we still have lots to do, it's only been 3 months! Jeeeez ecorabbit!

posted by Mr. K on April 22, 2011 at 9:31pm
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316 to 2 so far.. I think we must of done something right :P

posted by Nicole Majewska on April 22, 2011 at 9:45pm
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I can't stop reloading the page hoping we got another vote :)

posted by Nicole Majewska on April 22, 2011 at 10:09pm
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Hey guys! Thank you for all your great input and comments it means so much to me. We have spent every weekend and any free day we have decorating our first grown up pad.

posted by Nicole Majewska on April 22, 2011 at 10:40pm
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Oh, to have a beautiful space like that to work with! Just gorgeous!
I'm rather envious of those beautiful bentwood chairs too.

posted by Nattiefaerie on April 23, 2011 at 12:33am
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I love everything but the bed... I'm not into the steel thing. I need a comfy place to shove the pillows into when I want to sit up and read. The couch is fabulous, and I also love the tulip table. Someday I will have a house this classy and maybe even a bit masculine.

posted by HandmadeKatie on April 23, 2011 at 1:49am
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oh i love the bedroom. feels so romantic. but, i sure do dislike the fish.

posted by queenyellowsun on April 23, 2011 at 2:40am
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Why don't you like the fish? Does it remind you of a past lover?

posted by Mr. K on April 23, 2011 at 2:48am
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Whoa, are you folks still up, constantly checking your entry for comments? It's 3am in NY. Go to bed already.

posted by gbsea on April 23, 2011 at 3:02am
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Great!
And I still haven't decided if I link more the living-room or the bedroom...

Why this urge to classify everything in 'masculine' and 'feminine'?! So boring...

posted by diridi on April 23, 2011 at 3:04am
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NY Neva sleeps!!!

posted by Mr. K on April 23, 2011 at 3:09am
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Lovely.

posted by martigny on April 23, 2011 at 12:50pm
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Oh this is beautiful ,I've never liked leather furniture ,this could make me convert!

posted by kimscollectables on April 23, 2011 at 9:37am
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To me that bed looks like some old lady died in it.

posted by waterville on April 23, 2011 at 12:30pm
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Beautiful, Beautiful! Bravooooo Nicole!

posted by heidicapetillo on April 23, 2011 at 3:05pm
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did it go team Nicole+Alex

posted by mattcami on April 23, 2011 at 2:01pm
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beautifully done. it's so charming

posted by oharacm on April 23, 2011 at 2:28pm
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Not only is this space amazing, and beautiful, but the furniture works perfectly together. The colors, materials shapes and sizes work in perfect harmony with each other and the space. I agree that the placement can use some work. But in time i'm sure nicole will figure it out. I think the wrought iron bed is refreshing after seeing hundreds of solid headboards everywhere! It let's the light from the windows shine through the bed. I cant wait to see more pictures of the finished product! Great Job Nicole!

posted by jonnyk on April 23, 2011 at 2:33pm
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I love the blue leather chesterfield, the carraigewheel cofee table, the brown leather club chair, the old whisky barrel side table, the tulip table with bentwood chairs, that old green wooden typograpy drawer/ cart, that fish, that little terrarium hangin in the window, that art, those lamps, and even the bed. I love it all.

posted by Johnnydangerously on April 23, 2011 at 2:41pm
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what a beautiful collection of furniture and art. You have great style guys. I cant believe you have only been there for 3 months. I cant wait to see it in another month or two! congratulations! def need to do a house tour! You guys should be this years small cool winners!

posted by mrsbutters on April 23, 2011 at 2:50pm
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One of my favorite entries! Absolutely gorgeous!!!

posted by suzy8track on April 23, 2011 at 7:44pm
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Stunning. Has a great feel to it. Love that chesterfield sofa.

posted by Sacha on April 24, 2011 at 8:27am
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Hard, shiny surfaces. This apartment lacks warmth. Perhaps a carpet would help.

posted by xerocada2 on April 24, 2011 at 12:11pm
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Very inspiring! You have a great imagination!

posted by Elka on April 24, 2011 at 1:08pm
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This apartment is so interesting! I love the floors, couch, and the light in the bedroom! great job guys!!!

posted by MichelleKleinberg on April 24, 2011 at 2:59pm
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I love your choices of furniture - the pieces fit together in way that simultaneously says spontaneity and editing. Gorgeous.

posted by gerundgirl on April 24, 2011 at 6:13pm
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Cannot WAIT to see this place in person. And then accidentally use your new Ipad as a coaster at SOME point this summer.

Well Done kids. Bravo!

posted by 3kaway on April 24, 2011 at 8:05pm
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I love this place wow great job maybe you can decorate my place

posted by Toddebear on April 24, 2011 at 10:10pm
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I would love to decorate your place Toddebear!! :)

posted by Nicole Majewska on April 25, 2011 at 11:59am
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I love your style and the bedroom is perfect!

posted by Cayennegirl on April 25, 2011 at 1:12pm
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The couch was worth it, my favorite piece.

Lovely, cozy home.

posted by mauishopgirl on April 25, 2011 at 4:26pm
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Love chester sofa.

posted by Ofelia on April 25, 2011 at 5:13pm
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the best of the best of the best ......this one!!!!klk mamaguevaso!

posted by papofromdahoo on April 25, 2011 at 6:58pm
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This is so hot! I love all the classic pieces and how you integrated it with space! Beautiful! I hope you win!

posted by Naoki9 on April 25, 2011 at 7:49pm
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Love, love, love! Had a laugh, as well, at the wagon wheel coffee table! One of my all-time favorite movies : )

posted by MWesdock on April 25, 2011 at 7:52pm
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I think the reason so many people are responding to this is because it is one of the very few traditional designs seen on this site. Traditional, yet young, modern, fresh, and updated. You chose not to go with the expected granite/stainless/simple lined furniture/modern geometric fabric patterns/cold colors/retro design/modern design/etc., etc., that is seen everywhere. You also didn't go with the expected furniture/design that matches the exact period in which your apartment was built (also very expected). Instead your design compliments that period beautifully without being a slave to the time period the place when the place was built...or trying too hard to do whatever is current and "now". Very, very good job.

posted by cablegirl on April 25, 2011 at 8:12pm
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PS: also LOVE the wagon wheel coffee table. Can't see that without thinking of When Harry Met Sally!

posted by cablegirl on April 25, 2011 at 8:18pm
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Beautiful Nikki...You certainly have great taste and style..enjoy

posted by DianeHefka on April 25, 2011 at 9:06pm
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So perfect and lovely!

posted by pink_2lip on April 25, 2011 at 9:33pm
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It's perfect! I love your warmth and sophistication

posted by Shawn Phillips on April 25, 2011 at 9:35pm
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Gorgeous.

posted by E.I.F. on April 25, 2011 at 9:48pm
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I love your collection. You have an eclectic style that works well with the space. I love the colors of your furniture, and the contrasting styles.

posted by iheartfurniture on April 25, 2011 at 10:10pm
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A little on the traditional side for my taste, but I still think it's just beautiful. Gets my vote.

posted by squire66 on April 25, 2011 at 10:52pm
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I love the mix of the old and new! I feel this represents a distinct personal style and vision and that is why I love it. Good luck! e

posted by Erin Flett on April 26, 2011 at 4:08am
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The iron bed is killer, but you already had me at the Chesterfield sofa.

posted by JenniferJuniper on April 26, 2011 at 8:27am
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oh my, what a dreamy bedroom!

posted by ohmydarlin on April 26, 2011 at 9:10am
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Stunning!

posted by HoneyM on April 26, 2011 at 11:48am
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I find this a bit dreary now, but when I was a teenage goth I would have loved this.

posted by lorrying on April 26, 2011 at 1:22pm
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Inspirador. Buena suerte

posted by rose martinez on May 1, 2011 at 3:10pm
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Sexy and Sophisticated

posted by piper550 on April 26, 2011 at 11:18pm
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Wow this is FABULOUS! You really have a talent for this, can you help me with mine?!

posted by tules1086 on April 27, 2011 at 12:11pm
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i'm definitely TEAM ALEX/NICOLE
by far the BEST looking spot!
just gorgeous
hope you guys W.I.N.

posted by Trish77 on April 27, 2011 at 4:39pm
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where did you find your iron bed frame?

posted by shanstar22 on April 27, 2011 at 5:40pm
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ya...i'd like to curl up on that couch. scrumptious. love your part of the hood. may be checking with your landlords if i decide to move south. :)
jordan

posted by 3floorsup on April 27, 2011 at 7:35pm
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and how could i forget...your green set of drawers is wonderful! although i don't have a spot to stick it, i'd love to snatch that one from ya. :)

posted by 3floorsup on April 27, 2011 at 7:42pm
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It's really a great apartment. Alex and Nicole mix old and new in a fresh way. Love the details in every corner- so much personality in this Williamsburg nook.

posted by rita luppino on April 28, 2011 at 12:00am
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Thanks Jordan, We also voted for you place, we think its Rad! glad theres a fellow williburg resi in the lead!

Shanstar that bed was one of the many craigslist finds.

posted by Johnnydangerously on April 28, 2011 at 1:16am
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Thanks to everyone for everything!

posted by Johnnydangerously on April 28, 2011 at 1:17am
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i saw this last week + really loved the parisian feel in your lounge room with the chesterfield. goodluck.

posted by dangab33 on April 28, 2011 at 2:30am
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You have successfully combined elegance and comfort here. Not to mention all the eye candy for an antique lover! Well done!

posted by Andee Post on April 28, 2011 at 10:26am
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perfect melding of various styles. tasteful, classic and comforting, all at the same time!

posted by tina! on April 28, 2011 at 11:31am
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YES! keep em comin' folks! we got first place in the bag! Thanks you all! muchos besos y abrazos!

posted by Johnnydangerously on April 28, 2011 at 8:52pm
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very feminine indeed.. it must say something about the male of the household

posted by ahiggman on April 28, 2011 at 3:47pm
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cool

posted by blueberrybaby on April 28, 2011 at 6:24pm
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is my favorite, excellent.

posted by wanda frias on April 28, 2011 at 5:52pm
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Lovely, different, with such a good taste!

posted by Yayi on April 28, 2011 at 6:56pm
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You guys have such a lovely pad! great job!

posted by kasiabasia on April 28, 2011 at 7:29pm
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Man, you've gotten a TON of votes in the past half hour!

posted by szwrabmityhp on April 28, 2011 at 7:40pm
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The apartment looks incredible! I'm so proud of you guys :)

posted by AnastasiaM on April 28, 2011 at 8:03pm
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I love it, cozy home!!!!!

posted by Francina Lama Barletta on April 28, 2011 at 8:13pm
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So original!

posted by zigiman on April 28, 2011 at 8:29pm
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40 votes in an hour. Late in the day, no less.

posted by szwrabmityhp on April 28, 2011 at 8:42pm
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Very warm and cozy.All you need now is a bit of life next to the palm, goldfish or a cute kitty in the window. Just love the place!

posted by dromm on April 28, 2011 at 9:01pm
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Just beautiful!
It looks so incrdible small but functional and cozy.
It desrves to be the winer.
T.

posted by Teresita Mann on April 28, 2011 at 9:28pm
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What a great mix of styles, colors, textures and forms. The result is absolutly stunning. Great job from both of you guys.....and of course the would be lots of votes today, Mom in action. I am expecting 300 to 400 more votes from all our family and friends in RD and all over teh world over the next 36 hours. ets share this joy and pride!!!! Tomorrow all our contacts from the DR Customs will be voting too.Thank ypu all for choosing Nicole's and Alex's place as favorite.
Blessings and love, MOM

posted by Sonia G on April 28, 2011 at 9:46pm
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just beautifull.........

posted by Marianna Bros on April 28, 2011 at 9:53pm
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thank you for your Marianna, XOXOXOX

posted by ralph m on April 28, 2011 at 9:59pm
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Me encanta la armonia que reyna en los espacios de tu apto. Me gusta la luz, la paleta de colores que usaste! El resultado es espectacular!! Nos vemos el 21 donde Jeannette para celebrar la graduacion de la Michelita.
Un abrazo,
Ralph

posted by ralph m on April 28, 2011 at 10:02pm
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great space

posted by tuta on April 28, 2011 at 10:06pm
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You are amazing Sonia!! Can't wait to have you and Ralph stay with us! We are going to have a blast. :)

posted by Nicole Majewska on April 28, 2011 at 10:23pm
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Ralph if your place was only smaller you would win this contest in a heart beat! You should definitely do a house tour!

posted by Nicole Majewska on April 28, 2011 at 10:31pm
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Que gusto que tu mami me invitara a votar! ver tu apartamento es un regalos a la vista, esta hermosisimo y tan practico. Me agradan MUCHO las ventanas sin cortinas para exibir su elegancia y a la ves dejar entrar tanta luz!! El resultado de tu esfuerzo y de Nicole es espectacular!! elicidades.

posted by auyamita perez on April 28, 2011 at 10:43pm
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Beautiful and peaceful chic apartment, great job.

posted by Amelia V. on April 28, 2011 at 10:53pm
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your place is so cool! i want it!

posted by funnymeng on April 29, 2011 at 1:36am
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Voting over and over again for yourself isn't cool. It's sad.

posted by yonder on April 29, 2011 at 1:59am
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I love this! Beautiful! :)

posted by Casumi on April 29, 2011 at 7:27am
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Hola Nicolle, me encanto tu apartamento, la iluminacion es perfecta y la habitacion un sueno, con esas ventanas detras de la cama y la iluminacion, son un exito total!!!!
suerte!!!
Mayra Portes D.

posted by mayra portes on April 29, 2011 at 9:34am
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Oh, I get it, you're getting hundreds of votes in a couple hours because your mom is rounding up the family. It's great that she posted that explanation as a comment on here, because otherwise it would look a little suspicious. But now it all makes sense.

posted by yonder on April 29, 2011 at 10:56am
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Cool Apt! I moved a year ago to a 4 floor walk up and I could never imagine carrying that couch up there! Good Job and Good Luck!

posted by tules1086 on April 29, 2011 at 12:39pm
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go mom! go mom! go mom! my WONDERFUL mother just started texting in the past couple years; we're a ways away from email. :) the lead you received is just what i need but we can't seem to get out of our neck and neck status. i keeps things exciting i suppose. :)
go w'berg!

posted by 3floorsup on April 29, 2011 at 12:28pm
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thanks a million! :)

"bookcase" as my primary competitor has affectionately been dubbed by my community made a MAJOR jump last night. but...I'M NOT YET SAYING UNCLE! :) back to facebook pleading (i may actually lose friends from this process. ha!).

xo
j.

posted by 3floorsup on April 30, 2011 at 10:26am
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It's absolutely gorgeous, but I have to challenge its place at the top - it only shows the living room and bedroom. There is still about 400 sq ft that isn't being shown.

And...I am sure that most participants are activating various friends and family networks to get votes, but when results spike and catapult like this one has, it taints the competition for the whole group.

There is no doubt that this apartment, completed (fully represented), would be one of the top contenders in its own right. Unfortunately, it's not complete and probably shouldn't have been approved by Apartment Therapy this go-around. There could be a pink refrigerator and turquoise Formica countertops that they're dealing with (we've been there). We don't know. But that would make it a decidedly "Not-Just-Yet Small/Cool" apartment.

Again, it's gorgeous. That Chesterfield is rockin' it. But hundreds of votes in an hour? Hmmmm...

posted by Ginger LaLuxe on April 30, 2011 at 11:10am
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FRIENDLY competition. Cate did NOT post that last comment as much as you're sure she did. I'm her sister and I happen to know for a fact that she is in her car right now! She's all about FRIENDLY competition. You guys should do the same.

posted by alissahc on April 30, 2011 at 11:28am
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You should be disqualified for leaving such nasty comments for other contestants. That's really horrible.

posted by naodnoess0 on April 30, 2011 at 11:37am
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Look at the number of votes your getting! I know, I know, it's your mom again. It's funny, though, you accuse other people of cheating if they get anywhere near you in number of votes. You think you're the only one with a mom?

posted by dnoenso00 on April 30, 2011 at 11:53am
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You've gotten 30 votes this morning -- you're at 880 now, let's see how many more times you vote for yourself. You've been cheating since you first entered this competition, plus leaving a ton of glowing comments for yourself and nasty comments for your competition. Enjoy your Ipad, you really deserve it.

posted by dnesona00 on April 30, 2011 at 12:04pm
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For the record: I am not Cate. I have no stake in this competition. I am neither friend, nor family, to any of the candidates listed in any of the categories. I'm just an AT reader who noticed this submission when it was newly listed and thought, "Wow, nice. Incomplete, but nice."

Watching it catapult past the other candidates was hard to miss. It's too bad. It makes you step back and consider - perhaps reassess - the value and esteem the title holds. That's a problem of legitimacy for both the community and the sponsors of the contest. Ultimately, does the "Small/Cool Apartment" finalist really have the best in class or show as determined by a like-minded community of design/aesthetic-oriented folks or do they just have an extraordinary large and loving family who rallied in support, but neglected to consider the cultural aesthetics, philosophies, and framework of the community and the spirit of the competition?

It's a dilemma.

posted by Ginger LaLuxe on April 30, 2011 at 1:01pm
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AT is a huge community folks, as we know. as a fellow competitor that was SHOCKED by the HUNDREDS of votes i got within 24 hours of entering, the reality is numbers can jump completely legitimately. it's actually what keeps this one so interesting is the numbers do move! i submitted my apt to contest last fall and because they didn't have the fan base of AT, it was slow going....and we really had to get out on social networking sites to help generate votes. this contest isn't like that at all!! i guarantee i don't know 99% of the people that have voted for me.

i've sensed the sarcastic accusation on my post (ginger laluxe :: you happen to have another sign-in by gingerz?) but come on folks...this is the reality of a large AT online community, social networking tools, and lovely spaces.

everyone who has submitted their space gets my thumbs up just because believe it or not, even though it's for a prize, it feels a bit vulnerable putting your home out there for everyone to see.

how about calling out the strengths when you love something and just not voting when you don't? is that too idealistic?

lets ease up on these two. they seem to be getting the brunt of it...and i ask you not to turn in onto me. :)

to alex, nicole, + cate....best of luck.
jordan

posted by 3floorsup on April 30, 2011 at 4:01pm
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Very Impress! nice detail and good use of the furnitures and distribution.

posted by Martinem on April 30, 2011 at 6:19pm
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3floorsup: There is nothing legitimate about the way this apartment got into first place. I watched in amazement at one point as this entry got one vote per minute, like clockwork, for a couple of hours straight. It was at night, when nobody else was getting any votes, and this entry had already been up on the site for days. It was obvious cheating, and I've watched as the same thing has happened a number of times since then with this entry. The fact that you're defending them makes me wonder about your entry, too. All I can say is if winning this contest is so important to you, that you are willing to cheat and to slander your competitors, then you must be miserable people. Enjoy your Ipads.

posted by dnesona00 on April 30, 2011 at 8:04pm
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Looks like having a large social network (and being able to tap into Mom's address book) is more important to winning than having a finished, completed space. This space is nice enough but very incomplete. There are several contestants currently below this one that are far more finished, far better designed.

This contest has turned into a bit of a joke. There really needs to be a change to the judging system to allow for a blend between a popular vote count and like a judging panel of professional designers. And I agree, leaving nasty comments on other contestants pages is just totally crass.

posted by Dave2 on April 30, 2011 at 10:41pm
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@3floorsup - Its the Internet. If you can't handle some criticism, then stay in the shallow end of the pool. Yeesh.

posted by TestingtheSystem on April 30, 2011 at 10:54pm
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Folks - they use one of the multiple services (like mailinator.com) which creates instant email accounts. No registration, just go to the website and like magic there is your email address waiting for you. You just refresh the page and get a brand new one. So with instant email accounts, it becomes very easy to register over and over again on AT, and vote repeatedly for yourself. I'm pretty sure that's how they do it.

posted by dnesona00 on April 30, 2011 at 11:22pm
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To Skylark 1992, that green piece of furniture is an old typographers desk. Some dude was selling it on craigslist. It was used to store paper, as well as small letter heads in small compartments, each drawer has tiny little cubicles, its super cool. we Use it for art suplies and random things. thanks for checkin us out!

posted by Johnnydangerously on April 30, 2011 at 11:52pm
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Alex your apartment is the best, you guys really know how to decorate. Great job! Tata

posted by maria gough on May 1, 2011 at 12:03pm
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I love what you did with this place. It looks so cozy and warm. Furniture selection is awesome. You did great job. Congratulations!

posted by Monikae on May 1, 2011 at 9:54am
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Your place is just fabulous!!!! I might take few ideas from you and redecorate my living room. Love the sofa!!! Would you consider selling the sofa? I would give you $3000 for it. You deserve to win this contest!!!

posted by rbriten on May 1, 2011 at 11:49am
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Hello Alex, Just 8 more minutes to go. I just came back from casa de campo at a fried's daughter wadding. Tia Polla, Miky, Fernando Miguel, Natalia, Tia Francina, Guille, Lia, Ana, Etc... all send their love. They have been sharing your email with everyone here and they are all ready nowand can't wait for the next round!!
Love, Mom

posted by rafamendez03 on May 1, 2011 at 11:56am
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I voted for your place when it was first added. I thought it was interesting and has a spacious eclectic feel. Seeing how the contest has gone makes me regret voting for you. The room is still attractive, but your ballot-stuffing and rude comments on other's entries ... Pretty unattractive.

posted by dezzy2 on May 1, 2011 at 12:44pm
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I love it, it´s so cute. Good Luck!

posted by SABRINA DE LA CRUZ on May 1, 2011 at 2:31pm
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Jeez you people just can't stop with the fake comments! Give it up already, everyone knows you are cheaters.

posted by tabularasa on May 1, 2011 at 5:52pm
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love the place.. it kinda reminds me of some of the homes we see in poland.. its cute..good job nicole...

posted by stawskia1 on May 1, 2011 at 8:47pm
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Great job, definitely warm and cozy with the antique furniture

posted by Stann on May 2, 2011 at 11:09am
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AHH!! i just saw that i made it into the finals! :) woo hoo! best of luck you two.
xo
j.

posted by 3floorsup on May 2, 2011 at 12:35pm
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OMG. The wagon wheel coffee table made me laugh. Anyone seen 'When Harry Met Sally?' Otherwise - very charming

posted by missstacy on May 2, 2011 at 1:17pm
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Thank you to everyone who's supported us. It's very much appreciated. Peace and Love.

posted by Johnnydangerously on May 2, 2011 at 1:32pm
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my kinda coffee table!

posted by harrymetsally on May 2, 2011 at 2:13pm
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Best of luck Nicole..you apt reminds me of a vintage doll house.

posted by Elisanewmark on May 2, 2011 at 3:42pm
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This place is amazing. It should win but it looks like it may now. What a shame!

posted by imbrilliant on May 2, 2011 at 3:51pm
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wagon wheel coffee table from When Harry Met Sally! LOVE!

posted by JulesH_ on May 2, 2011 at 3:58pm
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This is a very nice apartmet, but so do all finalists. his is going to be a close call, so best of lucks to everyone!! You are all winners to me!
Best of lucks!
Sonia

posted by Sonia G on May 2, 2011 at 7:37pm
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I'd make one big change. With so little furniture in the bedroom, you could easily turn the bed so that the head faces the window. In addition to nighttime stargazing, you'd have better access to your wonderful bay window. You could then put the lamps on a wider, taller dresser behind the headboard... giving you additional storage space and reading light while eliminating floor clutter.

posted by rcpatten on May 3, 2011 at 1:29am
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Great place, hope I can visit next time i am in the big apple, see you at home, or at Clinton Street Bakery. Good luck in the contest, you got my vote.

posted by laurie from Japan on May 4, 2011 at 8:57am
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Why does every entry from Brooklyn / New York look like they live in a flea market?

Apartment Therapy readers are such suckers for chipped paint and antlers.

posted by redbeard on May 4, 2011 at 3:34pm
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FAB! You got my vote.

posted by Sacha on May 5, 2011 at 1:26am
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makes me miss my old apt with all the large windows! fabulous flat you live in!

posted by artist girl on May 5, 2011 at 2:03pm
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I LOVE NICOLE'S APARTMENT! IT GAVE ME SOME INTERESTING DESIGN IDEAS FOR MY OWN PLACE.
GOT MY VOTE.

posted by marsin on May 6, 2011 at 4:09pm
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I think my favorite feature here might be the "When Harry Met Sally" wagon wheel coffee table. LOL :)

posted by MGloss on May 9, 2011 at 2:57pm
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You should have won!

posted by Coletta (rhymes with velveeta) on May 14, 2011 at 6:09pm
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