Hi! My name is Rachel Tupper Paley and I
live in a 1049 square foot apartment in Prospect Heights Brooklyn.
I would probably describe my style as “restrained color bomb”. It was a big
challenge when we first moved in– there’s not a single closet in the entire
apartment. I knew immediately that I wanted to put up a whole wall of shelves.
So the cookbook wall is my favorite part of the apartment. It’s my husband’s least
favorite part because he thinks that I hold onto to many things. I don’t know
what he’s talking about. The process of going from closet the closet-less was
intense. My husband has a one piece in, two pieces
out rule. And then you know all the other storage solutions… it’s become a fun
little game that we play. This is the bedroom.
We have many storage solutions at work here. We have this big IKEA armoire which
holds all of our clothes. We have super, super narrow shelves, eight inches wide
The bed is a storage bed. And then the other thing, really important, is lots
of hooks! Yeah I just like didn’t want anything on
my floor; if the floor is clear your mind is clear. We have parts of our family pretty much
everywhere. Whether it’s like some of the furniture, some of the art, we really wanted to
have our families reflected in this space. In our old place we had shelves
similar to these that we put up ourselves, but we didn’t do a good job.
Everything that was on it shattered, including a set ceramic plates that
my very talented mother-in-law made for my husband. So for his birthday, I
gathered up all the shards that I could and I took them to a local artist who
practices a Japanese technique called kintsugi. The idea is that you put pieces
of broken pottery back together and you fill in the gaps with gold. Even though
it’s broken it’s more beautiful that way than were it whole. I love cooking I love
entertaining and I love that this apartment helps us facilitate that. This
is my pegboard. It’s inspired by Julia Child– the beautiful blue color. I’m a big
proponent of displaying your tools and sort of using them as art. I really count
on home being the place that gives you the energy to go back out there tomorrow,
you know? So it means a lot of home-cooked meals, a lot of chilling on
the couch and I love it.