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The Curated Quarters of a Prop Stylist

by Garrett Fleming

Living in close quarters can be tricky. It takes way more than the slightest touch of ingenuity to turn tiny into inviting. Rebecca Bartoshesky didn’t let a lack in square footage get her down when she began crafting her Williamsburg, Brooklyn one-bedroom five years ago. As a prop stylist, she is always bringing home new treasures that add a little spice to the 400-square-foot space she calls home. Careful to never let her apartment cross over into “prop-house land,” Rebecca has “gone with the flow in terms of decorating (her) space,” she says. The apartment’s effortless style can be attributed to several factors, from not letting the small size dictate her taste to taking her time when renovating. By letting these renovations evolve throughout the years, she has been able to thoughtfully modernize her apartment without compromising the vintage charm and original details that make this peek so unique.

I lived in a micro apartment even smaller than Rebecca’s not too long ago. Accepting the challenge of small-space living proved so daunting that I simply didn’t do anything to the apartment at all. “If I can’t make it perfect, I won’t make it at all,” I thought. If only I had remembered what my parents taught me growing up: that in the end, it’s our imperfections that make us perfect. I believe the same can be said for houses. The slightly off-center, one-of-a-kind and strikingly unique places that our readers call home are in no way perfect. That’s why we find them so interesting. Rebecca’s unabashed acceptance and excitement around making her small home the best it can be is inspiring and the results could not be more beautiful. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Maxwell Tielman

 

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Wedged between three walls is Rebecca's bed. Windows on either side of the room let in brilliant light throughout the day. In the afternoon, this light filters through her windows' prisms, dowsing the entire space in dreamy, rainbow hues. Her uncle brought home the African zebra rug in the 70s. When a fellow Brooklynite was moving, Rebecca bought this stunning mirror off of her.
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Rebecca's bed frame was a local flea-market find. The hand-dyed bedding is from Sharktooth, and the wall's larger artwork was a gift from her father. "He found it in the apartment above my Dzia Dzia's [Polish for 'grandfather's'] dentist's office," she explains. The other milagros - religious folk charms - above her bed have been collected on her many travels.
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The sea fans at the footboard were found on the beaches of Puerto Rico.
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The bedroom dresser and accessories.
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Rebecca's Williamsburg apartment gets so much light that her fig tree is outgrowing the living room rather rapidly. The yellow lamp is from eBay.
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A Brimfield ottoman and flea market sofa frame in the living room.
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Rebecca had a cushion custom made for her sofa. The bench is from Indonesia. "My brother brought it back from one of his furniture-hunting trips." The blue throw pillows are by Canvas Home.
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More living room accessories.
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This disco ball has been with Rebecca since high school. "There is a different pattern of tin ceiling tile in each room..."
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The living room looking into the kitchen. The striped throw pillow is by Joinery - a Brazilian textile shop.
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Rebecca crafts items for her online shop, ashen + gold, right here at her living room desk. The table and chairs were her grandmother's.
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Design Within Reach's eBay outlet houses all their slightly-irregular products. Who knew?! Rebecca snagged their pink lamp for a bargain.
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The openness of the kitchen helps the apartment feel larger and flow smoothly. Rebecca stained the original wood floors herself after ripping out the linoleum.
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Tiny bathrooms, a city-living staple, are always made brighter when they have large windows. The light that streams into Rebecca's helps keep the quaint room from feeling cramped.
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Comments

  • Not exactly my asthetic but I totally appreciate the care and eye for detail in living in such a small space. As I build my tiny house I’m going to be so careful and ruthless when it comes to decor and editing the space. Love this post!

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  • This space is very inspiring. I love the understated/sweet/organic vibe of it. I want to find rounded terra cotta pots for the plants in my living room… The silver hearts in the bedroom are so lovely, as is the stunning bedside mirror bedside. I really like the two-toned walls in the kitchen. Also, can we talk about that tin panel ceiling? Gorgeous!

  • I love this home…its so cozy and real. I also love what Garrett said ….I also get caught up in that “if I can’t make it perfect I won’t make it at all” mindset. (glad to know I’m not alone!)….and this reminds me to try to let go of that…..otherwise I’ll never truly be “home”.

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