Creative director and producer Emily Elliott She lives in a one-room apartment in Brooklyn with her lovely dog, Nemo. “He thinks the apartment is his,” says Emily. “It’s like having someone else around.” This is an inside look …
On an inherited aesthetic: Growing up, my mom was an extreme; And while I always wanted to be simple, it was carried over to me, regardless. I originally wanted the feel of an “industrial loft,” but when I really thought about it, I wanted my apartment to feel less designed and more comfortable at home. I brought in plants (plenty of them!) To make the space feel fresh and happy. I also found a lot of things on the street or thrift.
When creating storage: When I moved here, I reduced my size a lot. I put everything I had in a pile and tried to pick out the things that were meaningful to me. The trunk underneath the TV is my favorite piece of the entire apartment, not only because it adds character, but because it does the double duty as a pantry flagship. It has all my blankets, art supplies, and Christmas decorations. I hide a lot of things under my bed, too. Also, don’t open the cabinets or things will come out!
On dear family legacies: I have many things from my own family. My grandmother gave me this oil lamp, and it was so to her My grandmother. It was used during Little House in Prairie times, and it’s a nuts to think about.
On living alone: Before moving here, I always lived with significant other or roommates. So, at first, I was shocked at the all-time calm. Now I make sure there is always some kind of noise like TV or background music. The bonus is that I love to have my space just as I want it to be, without anyone else’s interference. If I want to become a human tornado and throw every rejected costume to the ground, do it! If I feel like keeping my place spotless, then I do. If I want to watch music videos dating back to the ’90s, I do!
Oklahoma sign: Urban farm In Oklahoma. Leaves: Brocheen. Comforter: Bed bath behind. Circular pillow: Urban farm In Oklahoma. Throwing: Urban Outfitters, similar. Antique window panes: found on the street in Morningside Heights. Antique Flour Sieve: Transferred from Grandma. Rug: Wayfair, similar.
In the daily rituals: Quarantining myself was tough, but I’m hanging there. Every morning, Nemo and I go Cafe PeteAnd I take a coffee and he gets a reward. Then we walk to the park and play for half an hour, while me and the other dog owners shoot in the breeze. He loves routine and I got to know the coffee shop owner and my neighbors. In the evening we will be going for a very long tour around the park, putting music into my headphones and leaving myself alone in my thoughts. I’ll stop at a bodega down my block where I’m friends with the owner; Then I’ll take a totally unnecessary bath with candles and bath bombs.
On the bedmates: I tried to keep my bed space simple because there is no real physical separation between the bed and the living room. I also make sure to only be on the bed when I’m in pajamas and ready to sleep so that there is a mental separation and I don’t feel like I’m living on my bed. I keep a selection of my favorite books by rotation on my desk. My favorite is That’s how you lose it Written by Junot Diaz, I’ll read anything Nora EphronMy love for New York began long before I moved there.
On being a good vegetarian mom: My plant watering schedule is a work in progress, but usually when I feed Nemo in the morning I take a tour to see which plant it needs. I don’t really follow any instructions – if the plant looks sad I give it some water. This also prevents me from having to water everything on the same day which is overwhelming and takes forever.
On the love of dinosaurs: I loved dinosaurs as much as I can remember. I grew up, I watched Land before time A thousand times like four birthday parties have been held by this theme. At one point, my mom would say, well, that’s enough. I have no idea why this moved into adulthood but it did. It’s very cool and weird. Can you name another animal the size of a building but it is beautiful ?!
When adopting Nemo: In March, I was quarantining with my family in Oklahoma and the animal shelter was full of dogs, so I went there to look for one. I was attracted to the loud barking sound, but my sister was like, ‘No. Choose that little guy in the corner that other people jump on. So, I held him on my lap and he was so cute. Now everyone always stops on the street to talk to him, and all pet owners love to share dog tips. It’s a comic alarm / security system. It was love at first sight.
Thank you so much, Emily!
(photo Alpha Smoot For a cup of joe.)