Nice weather is right around the corner here in Brooklyn and I've been spring cleaning and reorganizing our apartment like a maniac. It feels so good to get ready for another summer in the city, and now that things are in place I'm going to start posting more updates about my life and process as a young artist. I thought I'd start by giving you a look into my home studio, so you'll learn a bit about Angel and I and the place where most of our creative work gets done. 

My two photo kits are always beside the front door, one for city and one for nature. I'm constantly optimizing their contents and organization so that I can photograph in challenging situations. 

These are both Chrome Messenger bags that I can't say enough about. They've been with me up mountains, down rivers and through many forests. Plus they look cool enough to wear out in the city, so I actually take my camera everywhere.

These are both Chrome Messenger bags that I can't say enough about. They've been with me up mountains, down rivers and through many forests. Plus they look cool enough to wear out in the city, so I actually take my camera everywhere.

This is our shared desk/workspace. My drawers on the left are filled with jewelry making tools and thousands of beads. Angel's drawers on the right are filled with bike building tools.

 
I got my treasured desk set from a retro furniture store in Montreal. It came from an abandoned sewing factory and was pitted and rusty, so I stripped and polished it to a dull metal finish.

I got my treasured desk set from a retro furniture store in Montreal. It came from an abandoned sewing factory and was pitted and rusty, so I stripped and polished it to a dull metal finish.

 

Lex, my darling cat, is the star of our apartment. You might notice she tried to slip into almost every shot, which will likely continue to happen. 

Our couch and coffee table are second hand finds from Craigslist, the silver tea tray was only $5 in an antique store, and the quilt is a handmade gift from my mom. All together this set was only $250, but we feel way fancier than that.

Our couch and coffee table are second hand finds from Craigslist, the silver tea tray was only $5 in an antique store, and the quilt is a handmade gift from my mom. All together this set was only $250, but we feel way fancier than that.

The view from my desk is of my favorite lookout in Waterton Lakes National Park. I used to watch the stars there a lot, and still do now even from far away.

 
Our printing station is another Craigslist find, only $60 and the top drawer pulls out to become a desk. 

Our printing station is another Craigslist find, only $60 and the top drawer pulls out to become a desk. 

 

This is my little bunny Gir (Greater intelligence rabbit). She's really excited that it's spring, and can't figure out why no man bunnies have stopped by our fourth floor walk up yet.

 
My little lady has a silver undercoat, which is uncommonly beautiful and so soft. We adopted her and Lex from the SPCA shelter in Montreal.

My little lady has a silver undercoat, which is uncommonly beautiful and so soft. We adopted her and Lex from the SPCA shelter in Montreal.

 

So many things fit in our small space because we built this loft bed. It holds our bikes, speakers, hammock and shelves. Plus there's a rabbit tunnel underneath that is pretty adorable to watch. 

 
No matter where we move, Bruce Lee and Bruce the Moose hang out together by the front door. Angel fondly keeps Bruce Lee as his last relic from bachelor days. 

No matter where we move, Bruce Lee and Bruce the Moose hang out together by the front door. Angel fondly keeps Bruce Lee as his last relic from bachelor days. 

 

We have a pretty simple and outdated kitchen, but I've seen the same cabinets in so many apartments here I'm beginning to wonder if it's a NY thing. Lot's of cooking and baking magic happens in it despite the look.

The best thing about working beside the kitchen is the bottomless coffee. 

The best thing about working beside the kitchen is the bottomless coffee. 

All floor space is valuable here, so Angel built this little cave for Gir in the cupboard beside the stove. 

 
Lex is jealous that she doesn't have a cage too, so she made sure she was in this picture. 

Lex is jealous that she doesn't have a cage too, so she made sure she was in this picture. 

 

We try to keep to a minimalist life by only owning what we need and use, but a few little trinkets have found their way into our hearts. The wind up robot was the thing that started this whole collection.

 
When we moved in I told Angel he could put up the shelves any way he wanted so he built me a shelf robot. 

When we moved in I told Angel he could put up the shelves any way he wanted so he built me a shelf robot. 

 

Well that's it, our 250 square foot apartment/office/studio/zoo. We can create anything we want here. As long as it will fit on the floor space.

Tomorrow I'm excited to share a new project I've been working on for the last few months. Tell me your reaction to our place in the comments, and if you know someone who would enjoy this share it with them.

Have a great day,

xo B.

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