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Get the Look Decor: City Dweller

Jun 19, 2011

by Christine Domanic handmade and vintage goods

ChristineThis weekend’s Get the Look Decor is inspired by the Ditmas Park, Brooklyn apartment of printmaker and bookbinder Kate. Her small city space is beautifully accented with welcoming houseplants, artwork and flea market treasures. Visit Kate on Flickr or stop by her blog, These Days, for more small space decorating ideas.



Describe your home decorating style.
I gravitate toward items that are glossy white or highly worn and dinged up. I started buying glossy white objects as an attempt to make my collections look a little less Collyer brothers. A fresh backdrop makes piles of shells and the mass of books seem a little more curated.




Did you decide to decorate in this style or was there an evolution to your decorating process?
I would say it is always evolving. The apartment is small and at maximum capacity; however, my love for vintage means I bring in new objects frequently. With every new item, I have to rearrange or edit. I’ve also found that new objects create opportunities for previously unconsidered combinations. Before moving here, I never would have wanted a breakfront cabinet, but I thought a contemporary wood piece in the dining area would nicely counter the white faux-Saarinen table that I found.



Where are your favorite places to shop for home items?
I love flea markets, junk shops and yard sales. I really love driving past an unexpected yard sale and having time to stop, although that doesn’t happen so much in NY.



What inspires you when it comes to decorating?
Other people’s places continually inspire me. (Blogs like The Brick House and Wary Meyers provide me with constant fodder.) During the summers of my childhood, my family would rent the cottage of an older artist. Her house was filled with collections: vases filled with blue buttons, paint-by-numbers of flowers, Buddha sculptures, even manikins. These collections spilled into her garden and studio space in the most natural, uncluttered way. Memories of her home are always an inspiration as well.


What is your favorite part about your home?
I love the light that I get from the large windows. This is the first NY apartment where I’ve been able to grow houseplants, and they’ve truly made the place feel like home.


Looking for more styles and interiors? Check out our video series, There’s No Place Like Here, where creative types show us their unique spaces — infused with their aesthetic and filled with the treasures they collect. Get involved and show us your amazing space in this Flickr pool.

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  • MissTessaMelissa

    MissTessaMelissa said 7 years ago

    Having just bought a place in the city, this is just up my alley. I love the mix of old and new.

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 7 years ago

    Love the tour of your home so light and airy, Thanks for letting us in.

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 7 years ago

    Wow! Just beautiful!!!

  • VitalVintage

    VitalVintage said 7 years ago

    Such a great little space! I can see why you love all the light- it looks beautiful.

  • TheGinghamOwl

    TheGinghamOwl said 7 years ago

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing your Beautiful home:)

  • poppycottage

    poppycottage said 7 years ago

    Love this!

  • misty714

    misty714 said 7 years ago

    I lived in Manhattan and there was very little light coming in! I moved back to the south and now light is abundant!!! You have done wonders with your apartment!! Thank you, it brings back memories!! misty714

  • TheBakersDaughter

    TheBakersDaughter said 7 years ago

    I love your home, and how you've displayed all your wonderful artwork. Congrats on the feature!

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 7 years ago

    thank you for sharing your beautiful home!

  • allthingswhite

    allthingswhite said 7 years ago

    lovely home, lovely ideas !!!

  • pamelam

    pamelam said 7 years ago

    great attention to detail and love the artwork. Thanks for sharing!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    Enjoyed peeking into your home Kate, it's wonderful like the artwork too!!

  • SunnyDayVintage

    SunnyDayVintage said 7 years ago

    You can't underestimate the power of white or pale grey as a backdrop for any decor. Clean and simple!

  • beevintageredux

    beevintageredux said 7 years ago

    What a great space! I love seeing the creative ways people fill small city spaces. And the light is just incredible!

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 7 years ago

    Great look!

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing these incredible homes! Monica TheiDConnection & NanaBellAntiques

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. Love your finds.

  • blueflowervintage

    blueflowervintage said 7 years ago

    Very elegant. I like this.

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 7 years ago

    i love new york apartments. I miss my Gay St. apt. so much... This apt is gorgeous.

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 7 years ago

    Reminds me of my sister's place in the Village!

  • jmbarclay

    jmbarclay said 7 years ago

    Kate has a great place!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 7 years ago

    Great apt! Thanks for the tour : ) Love the chairs.

  • elizenazelie

    elizenazelie said 7 years ago

    moving into a little city apartment in boston next month, great inspiration!! i also listen to music on cassette!! (unless yours was just decorative, ill just keep moving along...)

  • BingoBox

    BingoBox said 7 years ago

    Lovely space - thanks for sharing.

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 7 years ago

    I'm in love with all those chairs. Great post!

  • AccentsandPetals

    AccentsandPetals said 7 years ago

    Beautiful place. Love the cacti decors.

  • Zria

    Zria said 7 years ago

    Everything looks Yum

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 7 years ago


  • cottonbirddesigns

    cottonbirddesigns said 7 years ago

    Great finds!

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 7 years ago

    Totally Fab finds! thank you for sharing! :)

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous place! I really like all the cacti in such an urban environment.

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 7 years ago

    Nice decor.

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 7 years ago

    Beautiful space. I love the browns + earthy colors with the light colors of the walls. Very warm home with all your vintage finds. Especially love your wicker ottoman!

  • fbstudiovt

    fbstudiovt said 7 years ago

    As someone with brightly painted walls in every room of my home, this inspired me to take my bedroom back to white. It just looks so darn soothing! Thanks for sharing your lovely space.

  • HausProud

    HausProud said 7 years ago

    I love the light and earthy colors. Very soothing.

  • TreasuresfromtheAtti

    TreasuresfromtheAtti said 7 years ago

    I love your apartment!! I'm afraid I would keep every new find and have a bunch of clutter. Thanx

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 7 years ago

    Super. Thanks for the peek. Had to look up the Collyer brothers - fascinating.

  • Tina669

    Tina669 said 7 years ago

    Love this!

  • catcontrare

    catcontrare said 7 years ago

    You have impeccable taste in design, thank you for sharing. My fave...the orange chairs.

  • marysworkshop

    marysworkshop said 7 years ago

    A wonderful space! I love the weathered vintage items interspersed with the clean white. Congratulations, Kate, on the great feature!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 7 years ago

    beautifully personal ~ twenty some odd years back we had our daughter's first grade teacher over for dinner ~ she commented on how many books were about and how that says alot about a person ~ kudos! in your space smarty pants!

  • KnellyBean

    KnellyBean said 7 years ago

    beautiful! when can i move in?


    SISTERBATIK said 7 years ago

    I love the tones in Kate's apartment that makes it very light and bright. I have a small space too, so feel solidarity for other people with small spaces : )

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 7 years ago

    This decor is very chic! I love the sketches and pottery the most.

  • GingersGirl

    GingersGirl said 7 years ago

    Such a beautiful home!! Its an honor to have my shop included in this "Get the Look." - Thank you!

  • whimsyleaf

    whimsyleaf said 7 years ago

    Nice. It's not really my style (I could never live anywhere that wasn't brightly colored) but I do appreciate the tasteful design. I love the slipcast pottery!

  • tripperdungan

    tripperdungan said 7 years ago

    I love the pottery in this post. And the cool lamps.

  • LeeLeesCloset

    LeeLeesCloset said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous, timeless style!

  • FrancesPhotography

    FrancesPhotography said 7 years ago

    I love all the attention to detail and your love of vintage : that you take so much lovely time making your home YOURS.:)

  • FrancesPhotography

    FrancesPhotography said 7 years ago

    I love all the attention to detail and your love of vintage : that you take so much lovely time making your home YOURS.:)

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 7 years ago

    Great details! Thanks for sharing!

  • Unbunny

    Unbunny said 7 years ago

    Great ideas, thanks

  • BozenaWojtaszek

    BozenaWojtaszek said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!

  • pillowville

    pillowville said 7 years ago

    Clean, authentic, interesting!! Your home looks like a perfect mix of comfort and vibrancy. Thanks so much for giving us a peek!

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 7 years ago

    Some lovely pottery featured here - I love pueblo and geometric pottery.

  • gumo

    gumo said 7 years ago

    Love how you've mixed your vintage finds with the neutral decor - gives a fresh modern feel, great chair too! Thanks for sharing x

  • amberike

    amberike said 7 years ago

    Super cool. Love the house!

  • Everydayness

    Everydayness said 7 years ago

    I love this edition of "Get the Look", those interiors are beautiful and the etsy picks to match are so well curated. Thank you!

  • DessertWine

    DessertWine said 7 years ago

    I've been loving white more and more!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 7 years ago

    I could live here~ beautiful~!

  • Natali82

    Natali82 said 7 years ago

    So amazing, just shows what little unique items can do! Thank you for sharing! Nathan

  • MomsCottage

    MomsCottage said 7 years ago

    I look forward to "get the look" every sunday. Thanks for the inspiration! ♥

  • tocijewelry

    tocijewelry said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your space with us!

  • HouseHoldWords

    HouseHoldWords said 7 years ago


  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 7 years ago

    i love the mexico pottery!


    ARTTOUR said 7 years ago

    Beautiful studio space) Thank you.

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 7 years ago

    Your apartment looks beautiful and very tastefully decorated! From the photo's it still looks open with the beautiful light that comes through! All the best!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Lovely decor! Love your vintage finds!

  • AudreysBrush

    AudreysBrush said 7 years ago

    Beautiful ! Tks for sharing !

  • melinagac

    melinagac said 7 years ago

    This is great! Where did you get that flat-file next to the wicker ottoman? I'm looking for something just like it!

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick said 7 years ago

    Beautiful space!

  • cathlinmn

    cathlinmn said 7 years ago

    Hi Everyone, Thanks for the wonderful and thoughtful comments!!! @melinagac they are from IKEA. Not as big as I need, but they hold quite a bit of paper. @elizenazelie I know! I love and miss the art of mixtapes.

  • mamif

    mamif said 7 years ago

    jealous of this space right now

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 7 years ago

    l o v e l y !!!

  • ewkuhn

    ewkuhn said 7 years ago

    Great work!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Before our home we lived in Paris , 5 years , 52 m2 my sons and hubby and with my handmade work materials , yes not to easy but really was lovely ! Thanks for lovely post and ideas !

  • grandmamarievintage

    grandmamarievintage said 7 years ago

    Wow, I love those velvet chairs. Nothing says chic like some velvet upholstery.

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 7 years ago

    I have a soft spot for small spaces. Our first home as a couple was a wee bed sit in London. We had so much fun there...dinner parties sitting on the floor. Kate, love your space , so light and airy fill with great finds. A wonderful home! Thanks for letting me have a peek.

  • CuffandCollar

    CuffandCollar said 7 years ago

    Beautiful! Lots of great ideas

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 7 years ago

    wonderful collection! It is amazing how we tend to decorate our homes to incorporate what we remember of special times and people long past...! Love the story about the artists cottage! invisioning her beautiful finds spilling out into the garden! truely a vision! great feature...congrats!

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful space! Fantastic finds!!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 7 years ago

    I love the way your apartment decorated it shows your unique style.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 7 years ago

    Love the collection of cacti, so perfect for a city place! ..and nearly impossible to kill ..nearly ;)

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 7 years ago

    I love your use of the cabinet, a beautiful home and gorgeous style!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 7 years ago

    i love the glossy white idea! gorgeous style :)

  • MyEverAfter

    MyEverAfter said 7 years ago

    I love the artwork. Very lovely.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    Beautiful collections! I really like how you've chosen a nice neutral White shade to counterbalance your pieces, lovely!

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 7 years ago

    What a great style of living!

  • TinfenaStudio

    TinfenaStudio said 7 years ago

    Very inviting, I love how you decorate your walls with portraits...

  • jungledread

    jungledread said 7 years ago

    Perfect inspiration just as I'm moving house :D

  • JypsyLight

    JypsyLight said 7 years ago

    Great finds~~~beautiful space!

  • ShabbyNChic

    ShabbyNChic said 7 years ago

    I love the white with the earth tones, especially the cactus plants in the terra cotta.

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 7 years ago

    Well done! Great ideas for small spaces.

  • rebourne

    rebourne said 7 years ago

    I am digging that boom box! Cool home!

  • theroyalvintage

    theroyalvintage said 7 years ago

    very clean.. i like

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 7 years ago

    quite studious

  • SerantoniDesigns

    SerantoniDesigns said 7 years ago

    ...memories of studio living. Must check your Blog! Mary Serantoni SERANTONI Designs

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 7 years ago

    great place...and interview love the relaxed and artistic feel

  • Armalique

    Armalique said 7 years ago

    I just love the pottery and the cacti!

  • BiomedDesign

    BiomedDesign said 7 years ago

    Good taste and beautiful arrangement. Thanks for sharing.

  • BagNoir

    BagNoir said 7 years ago

    Such a simple and wonderful home! Love it !!!

  • tinyspace

    tinyspace said 7 years ago

    love all the decor

  • mainili

    mainili said 7 years ago

    Oh ! this is my style.

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 7 years ago

    love it!!

  • junquegypsy

    junquegypsy said 7 years ago

    White is a must for (junque) collectors like me! Your place is filled with interesting items.

  • lmouer

    lmouer said 7 years ago

    Love all the ceramic pieces! Great style!

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 7 years ago

    Love your space!! Small places are a challenge, but you seem to have found the answer. I, too, love flea markets, thrift stores, yard sales and I'm always changing and rearranging things. I have my own annual yard sale to pass on my treasures to someone else and make room for new ones!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • lene0978

    lene0978 said 7 years ago

    just great!

  • paroliro

    paroliro said 7 years ago

    Fun living in Brooklyn. White can "pop" and bloom as well as colors!

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 7 years ago

    Love the style (and I love the round maize pillow)

  • YarnUiPhoneApp

    YarnUiPhoneApp said 7 years ago

    I love the vintage Delco fan..I had something similar that I found in a thrift stoer. I used it...until it started smoking. I junked it when I found out that it would cost more to repair than to buy a replacement. Still the old ones are incredibly charming.

  • annslights

    annslights said 7 years ago

    Very well done.

  • kookubug

    kookubug said 7 years ago

    Great finds! Lovely space

  • neighborhoodvintage

    neighborhoodvintage said 7 years ago

    This is SPECTACULAR!!!!!!! Don't you dare see my shop:

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 7 years ago

    Very inviting place

  • AustinModern

    AustinModern said 7 years ago

    Cool space!

  • AudreyGardenLady

    AudreyGardenLady said 7 years ago

    Really cool stuff... I absolutely adore those leather chairs !!!

  • kcjo

    kcjo said 7 years ago

    Love this, these always inspire me.

  • GardenApothecary

    GardenApothecary said 7 years ago

    love the light in the first image...

  • Willow4u

    Willow4u said 7 years ago

    Love your home! Soo light and cheerful!

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 7 years ago

    very organized and beautiful!

  • DeerBunny

    DeerBunny said 7 years ago

    Love this style *___*

  • Lilsugarskulls

    Lilsugarskulls said 7 years ago

    love the chrome Chairs very nice! Home very clean and organized!

  • thebeachhousegallery

    thebeachhousegallery said 7 years ago

    Congrats! What a great space that projects a sense of calm among the clean lines of white, gray. Thanks for sharing. Inez Dunn

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 7 years ago

    I have lived in the city and in Bk and each apartment was so fantastically special and filled with character. No cookie cutters. That is the joy of apartments in that area. I truly miss the fire escapes and random noise and business of the city....But, I don't miss the rent! You have done a great job! Thanks for sharing and I like your blog. Very Nice.

  • ACESfinds

    ACESfinds said 7 years ago

    This look is wonderful~ Very homey and comfortable as well as sleek and stylish~ Thanks for the tips~ Peace~ Alison

  • kathiroussel

    kathiroussel said 7 years ago

    love the fresh light feel and style-- and congrats for making the most of your small space-- that's no small accomplishment! great feature!!

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 7 years ago

    Nothin' better than dusty charcoals hangin' around. Lovely.

  • hoosiermamma1

    hoosiermamma1 said 7 years ago

    Love the warmness of pottery with the coolness of metal.

  • amysoldschool

    amysoldschool said 7 years ago

    Love the earthy feel of the place!

  • NiChaPoN

    NiChaPoN said 7 years ago

    That's great! Thank you for sharing


    BELLACOSAART said 7 years ago

    I love these decor segments, thanks, they are very inspiring

  • unicornleather

    unicornleather said 7 years ago

    I appreciate when style goes beyond an outfit, it is then a lifesSTYLE, which is even more meaningful.

  • thisthatotherthings

    thisthatotherthings said 7 years ago

    I love to reclaim and re-purpose old items. It ties everything together and start fresh in a different direction.

  • ilovetrash

    ilovetrash said 7 years ago

    i love that she thinks that's a mass of books!

  • optic

    optic said 7 years ago

    Hey great decor! I think I might have a pillow that would look good on your couch....

  • abbyberkson

    abbyberkson said 7 years ago

    lovely- thanks for sharing!

  • MadebyLinLin

    MadebyLinLin said 7 years ago

    City dwelling (L) Decorating in smalls spaces takes talent!

  • modfolk

    modfolk said 7 years ago

    i don't think of myself as a city girl, but i think i could live comfortably in this space.

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 7 years ago

    I love this space! I love how every little detail has it's proper position and how so many details combine into one natural looking picture.

  • hildes

    hildes said 6 years ago

    Like it:-)

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