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sneak peek: kate durkin

by Amy Azzarito


Artist Kate Durkin and her husband Lenny moved to Sunnyside, Queens from San Francisco a year and a half ago with 10 boxes and no furniture. They chose this apartment because of its open kitchen/dinging room/living area, and they love to put on music, cook and still be hanging out with friends in the living room. Kate creates bright, happy animals pillows (love the whale!) and prints so she was practiced at adding pops of color. An added bonus to moving with 10 boxes? Their lack of stuff means that the apartment always stays neat – this is inspiring me to spring clean! (To see more, don’t miss the sneak peek extras on Facebook!) {Thanks, Kate & Lenny!}Amy A

Image above: My favorite part about the living room is our rug, which was a gift from my parents from ABC carpet.  When we first put it down, neither of us liked it.  Like all the best things, it got better with time and I really think it ties the room together and makes it cozy.  The coach and coffee table are from Room and Board, the painting is by me.

CLICK HERE for more of Kate’s Queen’s apartment!


Image above: The maps are purchases from the Brooklyn Flea.  We liked the horizontal orientation of the map of Italy that hangs over our bed.  It splits somewhere around Tuscany and continues down to the boot on the second page.  Lenny and I lived and met in Florence, Italy, so it also holds emotional significance.  The map of Ireland is significant as Lenny is from Ireland, and it’s just a great country all around.


Image above: Cast iron pot given to us by a friend moving back to Italy, has proved very useful.  Rolling pin bought on sale at Anthropologie.


Image above: I painted the trees behind the television after we went back and forth about what to put above the tv.  The mural turned out to be a great solution.  Paint is Behr interior satin “Amber Wave”


Image above: I use the old time radio, a purchase from a vintage store in the neighborhood, every day.  I listen to NPR all day while I work, so it was definitely a good purchase.  The posters are from concerts that we went to at the Fillmore in San Francisco, where they hand out free posters after every concert.


Image above: Artwork counter-clockwise from the clock: Kate Phillips, unknown tooth, Mel Kadel, John Casey, Eric Rewitzer, and myself.


Image above: The guitar is Lenny’s baby, a Martin from the 70’s.  The shelves are made out of wine boxes, basically because we needed another place to put our books!

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