Creative director and producer Emily Elliott lives in a studio condominium in Brooklyn together with her candy canine, Nemo. “He thinks the apartment is his,” Emily says. “It’s like having another person around.” Here’s a glance inside…
On an inherited aesthetic: Growing up, my mother was a maximalist; and though I all the time needed to be a minimalist, it has been handed all the way down to me, regardless. I initially needed an ‘industrial loft’ really feel, however after I actually thought of it, I needed my condominium to really feel much less designed and extra homey. I introduced in crops (lots of them!) to make the area really feel recent and completely happy. I additionally discovered lots of issues on the road or thrifted.
Concrete desk: Target, related. Trunk: thrifted, related. Alpaca print: Urban Outfitters.
On creating storage: When I moved right here, I downsized lots. I put all the things I had in a pile and tried to choose the issues that have been significant to me. The trunk below the TV is my favourite piece in the entire condominium, not solely as a result of it provides character, however as a result of it pulls double responsibility as main storage. It has all my blankets and artwork provides and Christmas decorations. I conceal lots of issues below my mattress, too. Also, don’t open the closets or stuff will come flying out!
Display case: Ikea. Speaker: Pottery Barn.
On cherished household heirlooms: I’ve lots of issues from household which can be particular to me. My grandma gave me this oil lamp, and it was her grandma’s. It was used throughout Little House on the Prairie instances, which is nuts to consider.
On residing alone: Before transferring right here, I had all the time lived with important others or roommates. So, to start with, I used to be shocked by how quiet it was on a regular basis. Now I make sure that to all the time have some variety of noise like TV or music within the background. A bonus is that I really like having my area precisely like I need it, with nobody else’s enter. If I wish to turn out to be a human twister and throw each reject outfit on the ground, I do it! If I really feel like maintaining my place spotless, I try this. If I wish to watch ’90s throwback music movies, I try this!
Oklahoma signal: Urban Farmhouse in Oklahoma. Sheets: Brooklinen. Comforter: Bed, Bath & Beyond. Circle pillow: Urban Farmhouse in Oklahoma. Throw: Urban Outfitters, related. Antique window pane: discovered on the road in Morningside Heights. Antique flour sifter: handed down from grandmother. Rug: Wayfair, related.
On every day rituals: Quarantining on my own has been robust, however I’m hanging in there. Every morning, Nemo and I am going to Café Beit, and I get a espresso and he will get a deal with. Then we stroll over to the park and he performs for half an hour, whereas the opposite canine house owners and I shoot the breeze. He likes the routine and I’ve gotten to know the espresso store proprietor and my neighbors. In the evenings, we’ll do an excellent lengthy stroll across the park, the place I blast music into headphones and let myself be alone in my ideas. I’ll cease by the bodega beneath my constructing the place I’m mates with the proprietor; then I’ll take a totally pointless over-the-top tub with candles and tub bombs.
Basket vase: purchased on a visit in St. Lucia, related. Fish hook plant: Sprout Home. Lamp: Pottery Barn, related. Bulb: Canal Lighting & Parts, related. White vase: West Elm, related.
On bedside companions: I attempted to maintain my mattress space easy as a result of there’s no actual bodily separation between the mattress and front room. I additionally make sure that to solely be on the mattress after I’m in pajamas and prepared to fall asleep so there’s psychological separation and I don’t really feel like I stay on my mattress. I maintain a rotating choice of my favourite books on my nightstand. My all-time favourite is This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz, and I’ll learn something by Nora Ephron, who began my love for New York lengthy earlier than I moved right here.
On being plant mother: My plant watering schedule is a piece in progress, however often each time I feed Nemo within the morning I take a lap round to see which plant is in want. I don’t actually comply with any directions — if a plant appears to be like unhappy, I give it some water. This additionally retains me from having to water all the things on the identical day which is overwhelming and takes without end.
Dinosaur planter: Sprout Home, related. Metal drawers: Urban Outfitters, related.
On a love for dinosaurs: I’ve beloved dinos so long as I can keep in mind. Growing up, I watched The Land Before Time a thousand instances and had like 4 birthday events with that theme. At one level, my mother was like, okay, that’s sufficient. I do not know why this carried over to maturity however did. They’re simply so cool and quirky. Can you title one other animal that’s the dimensions of a constructing, however lovely?!
On adopting Nemo: In March, I used to be quarantining with household in Oklahoma and the animal shelter was overrun with canine, so I went there to search for one. I used to be drawn to a loud, barking one, however my sister was like, ‘No. Pick this little guy in the corner who’s being jumped on by the others.’ So, I held him in my lap and he was simply so candy. Now everybody all the time stops on the road to speak to him, and all of the pet house owners love sharing canine suggestions. He’s a doggy alarm clock/safety system. It was love at first sight.
Thank you a lot, Emily!
P.S. A colourful household house, and Stella’s 175-square-foot studio.
(Photos by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo.)