The saying that space is a hot commodity in New York City is an understatement. In a city where sufficient square footage can be impossible to find, New Yorkers often pack themselves into micro-apartments and half-lofts, forever dreaming of home offices and guest rooms. At the 12 Warren Street apartments in Tribeca, the dream of extra space has been fully realized. Large and modern multiroom residences provide a stunning foundation for residents to get creative about the place where they live. Many of the apartments feature a master bedroom and a guest bedroom, as well as a customizable swing space that offers endless possibilities. Here are some suggestions for how to use and enjoy the “extra room.”
For those art collectors who are also perpetual art purchasers, there’s no better solution than having your very own private gallery inside your home. Simply keep the walls a pristine white and use the space as a revolving exhibit that highlights the gems of your collection. A key tip: before haphazardly hanging paintings, cut out pieces of paper that match the size of each frame or canvas and arrange them on the wall with an adhesive tape before breaking out the hammer. This will ensure that the spacing is used correctly, with nothing getting accidentally shoved into a corner. Or install picture ledges along the walls so that you can move your artworks around as frequently as you desire without having to hammer any nails into the wall.
In an age of tablets and e-books, a home library filled with the work of past and present literary masters—in hard copy—is a dream for all bibliophiles. Build in some bookshelves, alphabetize or categorize your books, and you’re all set. There is an instant, inherent serenity to a book-filled space; libraries are spaces of reflection and exploration and are well-suited to saturated, evocative colors like midnight blue, garnet red, or billiards table green. Apart from the books, however, there’s really only one thing that matters for a home library: a pair of deep, comfortable armchairs to curl up in, preferably with warm cashmere blankets for draping over laps.
A dedicated creative space can sometimes seem like a necessary luxury for professional and amateur artists. When designing a space that will nurture your artistic, literary, or musical expression, be sure to let it slowly grow into itself. Depending on your medium, you’ll need to perfect the light and place the tools of your trade—whether they are easels, a stereo, or a comfortable chair and desk—in the right location. Cultivate a sense of play and discovery by adding charms and trinkets, meaningful quotes, examples of past work, or any other item (even a coffeemaker) that will inspire you to start working on your craft in the early morning light.
In a city that never sleeps, a quiet and private space to meditate and center yourself probably ranks high on many New Yorkers’ wish lists. In keeping with the theme of peacefulness and simplicity, you might need nothing more than a yoga mat and a scented candle. Of course, some plants, relaxing prints on the wall, or speakers to play your favorite calming music or sounds can be added. But when it comes to yoga and meditation, less is almost always more.