This Upper West Side modern classic home is a great example of how powerful a well-implemented design can be in a space.
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Name: Hattie Kolp
Location: New York City
Type of home: Brownstone apartment, rent
Size: 1,500 square feet
Whenever I think of New York City, my mind would automatically think of Friends, How I Met Your Mother, The City That Never Sleeps, Central Park, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Wall Street, and the list goes on. It’s a city that breathes and has a heartbeat. There are a LOT of things New York City is famous for, but for Hattie Kolp, this city means one thing: home. The place she was born, raised and currently living.
Hattie lived her ENTIRE life on this beautiful prewar brownstone apartment in the Upper West Side of NYC. This place was originally from her parents, but she was lucky enough to take over the lease when they retired and left the city. #Blessed Hattie has a knack at designing her place and restoring it to its original prewar beauty.
Hattie’s modern classic home looks bright and timeless. Plus, it feels calm and cozy, even though it’s in the middle of NYC. Hattie is taking her time on renovating and restoring her apartment one room at a time. She shares updates on her Instagram page and sources of her home decor and furniture at her LikeToKnowIt site.
There are a LOT of good things I could write about Hattie’s home, but it’s better if we both check out her 1,500 square feet modern classic NYC apartment. It might look like a simple space, but it’s rich in detail!
Tell us something about your home
I grew up here! I was lucky enough to take over the lease from my parents when they retired and left the city two years ago. Living in New York, especially a neighborhood like the Upper West Side is not at all affordable, so I am beyond blessed to have this place. I have spent the last two years fixing it up with minor renovations and restoring it to its original prewar beauty.
Describe your interior style
Classic with pops of modern.
Tip: Create a calm and timeless modern classic home just like Hattie’s by sticking to a functional design. A modern classic style is not over the top nor is it boring. It’s perfectly scaled and proportioned. Keep in mind, less is often more, so avoid overdecorating your space. Also, invest in solid antique pieces to give your space a sense of history.
What is your favorite part of your home and why?
So hard to choose, but I would say my hallway! It’s so old-school when I stand in it, I feel like I could be living in the apartment when it was first built 100 years ago. The molding and wood floors are original, and I have turned the walls into one giant gallery.
What is your least favorite part of your home and why?
It would have to be my kitchen! It’s so tiny. It’s really a one-person kitchen. You would think with such a large apartment they could have made the kitchen a bit bigger!
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Parisian apartments on Pinterest and the beautiful buildings I see while roaming around in my neighborhood.
Tip: If you have your own style, go for it! Follow your heart. However, if home decorating isn’t your thing, you can always look for inspirations on Instagram, Pinterest, and interior design blogs like Omysa! You can also hire an interior designer if you have the budget. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Dream home design advice/tips you want to share?
Make the most of what you have and get creative. To be honest, growing up, I hated my apartment. I thought it was dark and old. I didn’t see its potential until it became my own, and once I started following interior accounts on Instagram, the inspiration just flowed. So keep an open mind. Sometimes inspiration is just around the corner!
What are your recommended places to shop?
Thrifting! Unfortunately, that isn’t really affordable in NYC, so I find a lot of vintage art on Etsy.
Hattie’s modern classic home might be 100 years old, but that didn’t stop her from creating a stylish and warm Parisian place in the middle of New York City. Renovating and restoring an old home might seem like a lot of work, but it’s definitely worth it, especially when your ideas and vision are slowly coming into life.
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