Another side of the (not) “new” apartment.

Brooklyn work space

I realized last night (upon receiving lease renewal forms) that it’s already been 10 months since we rented “the new apartment” in Brooklyn. Whaaaat?! I don’t really understand how it’s been almost a year already, but geez—I guess I should take some more pictures of it. A little while back I showed you one side of the main room, now here’s another side. This room contains the kitchen, dining room, living room and office, all compressed into a surprisingly spacious-feeling 220 square feet.

When I was planning out this room, one thing I knew I wanted was a nice work surface. I don’t like compact desks. I considered a few possibilities, and eventually arrived at a combination of two VIKA LERBERG trestles ($10 each) and a VIKA FURUSKOG table top (regularly $60, but I found it for 50% off), both from IKEA. That’s a 60×30″ work surface for $50—not bad! The table is actually deep enough that Evan and I can both sit and work opposite each other at the same time if we need to.* Plus, if we slide the iMac to the end of the desk (or put it on the floor), the table is big enough to seat 4 people—really nice if we have friends over for dinner.**

*This has never happened. But it could!
**This has also never happened. I blame the lure of the roof deck.

Brooklyn work space

The IKEA PS cabinet holds everything…and then some. I was sad to have to give up the awesome fauxdenza from our old apartment (it’s since been relocated to a closet at the house—more about that in another post!) because of space, but this guy really does an amazing job of storing way more stuff than it seems like it would be able to. All of our office supplies, tools, dog stuff, papers, and other things are in there, with room to spare. Our PS cabinet has been with us since 2003—almost a decade now. It’s an IKEA classic at this point, and I really think it’s one of their all-time best products.

Funny how much the (not) “new” apartment is starting to look like the old one, isn’t it? I even hung all of the artwork in the exact same arrangement. I still don’t think this place has the same kind of friendliness the old apartment did, but I am warming up to it! We definitely have a lot more visitors in DUMBO than we did in Washington Heights, that’s for sure, and I do love being able to open my home to people from out of town. It’s not big enough for overnight guests, but for hanging out for hours on end petting dogs and drinking coffee, it’s perfect! Every time friends or family come over, it really does start to feel a little more like it’s ours.

Herman Miller Lifework blog

If you’d like to see a few more photos of this side of the apartment (as well as some new pictures of the office at the house!) and read a little interview with me about work spaces, head over to the Herman Miller blog. I’m so honored to have been asked to contribute to their Lifework blog! I think it’s obvious to anyone who’s seen any part of my house or apartment that I have a considerable number of Herman Miller products in my life, so this was a lot of fun to do. (Thanks for inviting me, Amy!)

31 comments
  1. MFreeDec 21, 201212:45 pm

    Thanks for the comment about the PS cabinet. I’ve been thinking about purchasing it but our luck with ikea is about 50/50. It’s always struck me odd that some ikea furniture holds up so well while others fall apart completely. Maybe its the nature of the metal pieces to the wood. Well done on the desk. Those legs have a great shape!

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  2. FrancineDec 21, 20122:05 pm

    Love the artwork, and the pop of color from the yellow chair. Very cool space.

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  3. mariaDec 21, 20124:16 pm

    As always, great taste. Thanks for sharing & congratulations on the interview!

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  4. mariaDec 21, 20124:17 pm

    oh, and and I hope you are feeling better :)

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Thanks, Maria—I’m about 75% of the way there ;)

  5. Stephanie (afunhouse)Dec 21, 20124:20 pm

    Love the view of ‘the other side’! Also, just an fyi- neither of the herman miller links work for me…I know you like to fix links asap so thought I’d take a sec to let you know! Glad you seem to be feeling better :)

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Hmmm, they’re both working fine for me! Maybe their site was down temporarily?

    Stephanie (afunhouse) /

    I just checked back and loved the photos/q&a! You’re right, I bet they were just down for a while! Thanks for the link :)

  6. megDec 21, 20124:25 pm

    Is that a photo of Grand Teton? I was there this summer and looooooved the park and the mountains. And now I love that photo. Where is it from?

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    Anna @ D16 /

    I’m not sure what mountain is depicted, but the poster is by Elisabeth Dunker.

  7. Nicole.Dec 21, 20124:25 pm

    Did you make that desk yourself? If so, did I miss the tutorial on it? Looks awesome.

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Hi Nicole, the desk details are in the post :)

    Nicole. /

    Oh, links, duh. Thanks!

  8. TerriDec 21, 20125:22 pm

    I’ve been reading for years and this may well be my first post. But you’ve done it again, Anna…this place looks fantastic.

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  9. LizzieDec 21, 20126:32 pm

    I covet everything you own, pretty much. You have such fabulous taste.

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  10. KyleDec 21, 201211:16 pm

    Great artwork, it’s nice to see a sensible arrangement.
    I’ve been researching white paint colors for a new (old) house and have been reflecting on a warning I’ve been given to not paint a dark room white, or any light color, as it will look drab. As a longtime admirer of the whites in your home I wonder if you have experienced this.

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  11. lizDec 22, 20121:21 pm

    Hello Anna – this is an off topic comment, I hope you don’t mind.
    I was pottering round this house today with BBC Radio 4 on in the background when the discussion moved on to Tove Jansson. The Moomins make me think of you so I thought you might be interested in the programme they were discussing. ‘Moominland Tales: The Life of Tove Jansson’ will be on BBC 4 on Boxing Day (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pgrk2). I have no idea how to watch BBC TV in the US but I know less technically inept people find ways. (If you’d like to hear the discussion it’s online here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pf5sj.) And sorry about all the links… I’ll understand if you decide to delete all of this!
    On a different subject can I say thank you for a year of enjoyable reading? Thank you! I hope you feel fully better soon and that you have a great break. If you run out of tiling feel free to let me know as I’m happy to host a tiling holiday here… accommodation and vegan food provided!

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  12. RayaDec 22, 20122:22 pm

    Oh, I love your appartment. It’s very beautiful! :)

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  13. AmyDec 23, 20123:09 pm

    Anna, thanks again. We were honored to have you!

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  14. KateDec 28, 20123:33 pm

    Where did you find that amazing triangle rug?

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Sorry Kate, I missed this question! The rug was from IKEA…about 7 years ago. Sadly, it’s been discontinued for a long time. :(

  15. LaurelJan 4, 201312:42 pm

    Hi Anna, I was wondering, does the table top part of the desk sit on top of the trestles without any screws or bolts? Or do you have to attach it in some way? Thank you in advance. I enjoy your blog.

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    Anna @ D16 /

    No bolts! The top is just resting on the trestles. The wood plus the weight of the computer is enough for it to stay in place.

  16. LisaJan 9, 20136:02 pm

    Gorgeous apartment! Thanks (as always) for sharing.

    I think maybe the reason this apartment feels less “friendly” is because there’s nothing old. In the other (also gorgeous) apartment and house, the older buildings gave those spaces the European-style contrast of old and new, rustic and industrial. Maybe if you introduced one or two antique or rustic pieces, you’d get the same wonderful vibe as the other places.

    Or you could just bask in the modernist perfection. Either way.

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  17. ErinJan 10, 20135:28 pm

    Hi Anna,

    Did you finish your desk top at all? IKEA sells the Behandla wood treatment and it’s recommended to protect the wood, but I’m wondering if it really needs it.

    Very handsome apartment!

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Yes, I put two coats of matte poly on it. I don’t think you’d want to leave a soft pine work surface untreated—it would get grubby pretty quickly.

  18. ROKJan 14, 20132:05 pm

    With the Ikea PS Cabinet, how do you like the little locks (instead of knobs)? I want to use two of them in my living room, but I’m worried the keys would be annoying (and possibly lost forever in a toy bin). The posts I’ve seen on Ikea hacker where people remove the keys look a little complicated for someone who’s DIY extends to hanging pictures on a wall.

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Knobs? On something inspired by a school locker? I dunno, that sounds pretty weird looking to me. We just leave the keys in the locks all the time, so it’s not like we have to go looking for them every time we need to get something out. If you have a kid and you’re worried about the keys being pulled out, you could just put a little hook on the wall nearby and hang the keys on it.

    Anna @ D16 /

    I just Googled and found a picture of what you’re talking about. Personally, I think it looks silly…like trying to turn something that has a utilitarian look into something it’s not. Just say NO to knobs on lockers! ;)

  19. evaMar 17, 20139:42 am

    i lOVE art in your apartement.could you tell me where you find these cute things? thanks!

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Thank you! Is there a particular piece you’re interested in? They’re all done by different artists.

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