| by Kenneth Chase | 75 comments

A Peaceful, Clean Brooklyn Home | House Tours |Apartment Therapy


– Hi, I’m Rachel. Welcome to my 500 square foot
apartment in Carroll Gardens. Come on in. (melodious instrumental music) I live in the apartment
with my partner Stacey and our cat Savannah. I would say my style is
comfortable and clean with enough space to
think but to be creative. That’s true at Soapwalla as well we have a good amount of space so that we can sort of move things around. I’m a very tactile person so I need that in my house as well. Soapwalla is a natural skincare company. I founded it really out of my own need. I have systemic lupus which
is an autoimmune illness. And really that’s just
a fancy way of saying that your body gets confused and your cells start attacking themselves thinking they’re foreign bodies. I started making skincare
products out of a need, I couldn’t find anything on
the market that I could use. So I realized at one point if I couldn’t find it, I had to make it. As you can see I have a million plants, they bring a lot of light
and joy into my life, but also there’s a real
health element to it as well. Plants are very good at filtering air and since I have pretty weak lungs, there’s also a health reason for me to have so many plants around. So this is our renovated bathroom. This little sake cup that’s got a plant
cutting in it right now, that comes from our next-door
neighbor at Soapwalla. And it’s really nice to have sort of a co-worker’s
piece in the bathroom. So this is a little DIY
project that Stacey and I made to sort of house Savannah’s
kitty litter area, so she had a nice bathroom area as well. And then this is a
painting that our friend Albert Sharp did a few
years before he died. On our bed is a quilt from the 1930s that we got from a shop a few years ago and is very similar to some of my great grandmother’s quilts that I have. So one of the biggest challenges of living in a prewar apartment most of the work that you
do is behind the scenes, so it’s under the floor, behind the walls, above the ceiling. Mold is something that with lupus my lungs are really affected. So when there’s an issue with mold, not only can I not participate I actually have to move
out of the apartment. There are safety measures
that you have to take when embarking on home renovation projects that you may not otherwise
have to think about if you’re perfectly healthy. The roof deck is my sanctuary, like it really makes
the city feel manageable when it’s at its most overwhelming. I feel so lucky that we have that space and also really proud that we built it out as much as we did. Like we brought up steel
beams, we brought up wood, we hand-built planters and a trellis and fencing along and
filled it with plants. It’s really our little slice of heaven. That really helps infuse the apartment with good feelings and good memories. Having the things around
us that evoke good feelings really helps the space feel like home.

75 Comments

Alison Jones

Oct 10, 2018, 4:56 pm Reply

Lovely apartment ! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Antonia

Oct 10, 2018, 5:11 pm Reply

This apartment makes me happy. Love that cat!

m buck50

Oct 10, 2018, 6:22 pm Reply

I love your home. It's so peaceful and decorated beautifully!

Chel Leite

Oct 10, 2018, 7:14 pm Reply

๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜

mastercng

Oct 10, 2018, 11:30 pm Reply

"im really affected by contaminates"
>fills house with potted plants (dirt)
>has a cat
>loves having a roofdeck in the city

Laura E

Oct 10, 2018, 3:49 am Reply

Cute home

Doris W

Oct 10, 2018, 9:01 am Reply

this is so beautiful and the roof garden is a dream.

Moonie The Pretty Giant

Oct 10, 2018, 11:07 pm Reply

Cute space, cute Savannah

Lo Lolea

Oct 10, 2018, 6:20 pm Reply

So beautiful ๐Ÿ˜

Anh-Tu Phuc Hoang

Oct 10, 2018, 3:42 pm Reply

great

flufftronable

Oct 10, 2018, 10:10 pm Reply

So beautiful and looks so spacious

Dabney Jones

Oct 10, 2018, 1:07 am Reply

Nice place!

jheminyahable

Nov 11, 2018, 11:10 am Reply

Love your hate…๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜

Aisha Begum

Nov 11, 2018, 7:25 pm Reply

Hi how did you teach your cat to not eat all your plants please help with this thanks

momof2

Nov 11, 2018, 6:56 am Reply

Very uncomfortable

Plant Utopia

Nov 11, 2018, 3:43 pm Reply

I love your apartment, all of your plants and that rooftop deck.

Madd Scientist

Dec 12, 2018, 3:09 am Reply

the roof deck makes the apartment!!!

Susan S

Dec 12, 2018, 2:27 pm Reply

Cute except for the virtue signaling.

A Nony Mouse

Dec 12, 2018, 8:15 pm Reply

I love the deck!

San Dan

Dec 12, 2018, 3:37 pm Reply

This is basically my dream apartment. It's so sunny and full of plants and pops of color. So inviting.

ZENJILL D

Dec 12, 2018, 1:39 am Reply

What a wonderful sanctuary youโ€™ve created. Love the painting โค๏ธ

nor suzana Khamaruddin

Dec 12, 2018, 11:32 pm Reply

The roof top garden is beautiful ๐Ÿˆ

GiVer

Dec 12, 2018, 12:42 pm Reply

I like that she is a plant mom! I am one also.

Lexical Gap

Dec 12, 2018, 2:31 am Reply

As a person with SLE, thank you for being so visible and showing the nuances of our lives.

Joselito

Dec 12, 2018, 6:02 am Reply

I dont think a stylish space is what was foremost in this lady's mind when she did her apartment. But it works anyway. I like this place as much if not more than a professionally designed apartment.

I am Jane

Dec 12, 2018, 12:29 am Reply

Beautiful apartment. Adorable cat! I love the structure they built to house the litter box- brilliant!

Astroboy88

Dec 12, 2018, 9:15 pm Reply

Too many times bringing up her health issues… it becomes annoying.

Robin Fitzgerald

Dec 12, 2018, 1:33 am Reply

No offense, but it all looks so random… Intentional design is not what comes to mind with this apartment. It looks accidental, not "let's make a show about it". The plants are nice.

yushi911

Dec 12, 2018, 4:48 am Reply

I love your apartment. Cozy, a lot of light and you can almost feel the fresh air…yes it's airy.

Andrew Freeman

Dec 12, 2018, 10:14 am Reply

Wait she's worried about mold & air pollution but lives in dirty grimy NYC?? Come on…

got2bme todd

Dec 12, 2018, 12:53 pm Reply

Love the apartment! So peaceful, welcoming and clean. I have a lot of plants too! And a cat!

Debi Barrington

Dec 12, 2018, 1:45 pm Reply

Love the quilt

marino patti

Dec 12, 2018, 6:45 pm Reply

why does she wear like a man?

Betsy Podsiadlo

Dec 12, 2018, 7:35 pm Reply

What neighborhood of Brooklyn is this????

dana port

Dec 12, 2018, 11:26 am Reply

ืจืคื•ืื” ืฉืœืžื”

dana port

Dec 12, 2018, 11:31 am Reply

my cat shoko eats the plants. i don't think it's good for him so i don't buy them otherwise i would let him eat them. shoko is my everything i love him more than anything.

Gee Gee

Dec 12, 2018, 8:06 pm Reply

"a few years before he died on our bed"

aldralee

Dec 12, 2018, 8:44 pm Reply

That quilt!

Faith Nelson

Dec 12, 2018, 4:44 am Reply

such an unpretentious place. reminds me so much of favorite spaces growing up, happy bookstores, cafes and intelligent peoples homes.

Joongkun An

Dec 12, 2018, 4:39 pm Reply

Love trumps hate… ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋‚˜๋ผ์—์„œ๋Š” ์žˆ์„ ์ˆ˜ ์—†๋Š” ์ผ.. ๋”๊ตฐ๋‹ค๋‚˜ ๋ฐฉ์†ก์œผ๋กœ ๋ณด์—ฌ์ง€๋‹ค๋‹ˆ.. ์•„๋ฌด๋ฆฌ ์œ ํŠœ๋ธŒ๋ผ ํ•˜๋”๋ผ๋„.

Emma Emerson

Dec 12, 2018, 1:51 am Reply

Beautiful…

Ashleigh Sanders

Dec 12, 2018, 12:37 am Reply

I want that quilt

Zeynep Busbee

Jan 1, 2019, 10:33 pm Reply

I applaud you, how clean, nice and special place. Wish you the best

Maria I

Jan 1, 2019, 5:55 pm Reply

The eyes of that beautiful cat

Brenda Singer

Jan 1, 2019, 8:02 pm Reply

Great apartment! Good vibes! Cool cat!

Marilyn Phan

Jan 1, 2019, 4:02 am Reply

Okay, I was looking forward to watching a peaceful, clean apartment therapy video…..then they show the "Trump Hate cardboard". Okay, skipping this video. Thumbs down!

Kathleen Marr

Jan 1, 2019, 5:31 am Reply

Such a calm, peaceful, lovely apartment. And the view! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ’• Oh,and I love your sweet fur baby,too. ๐Ÿˆโ˜บ๏ธ

Drew Katchen

Jan 1, 2019, 5:05 pm Reply

Where is the dish drying rack from? I want it.

Salty Crotchwhiff

Jan 1, 2019, 7:38 am Reply

AP only reports on how singles or homosexual couples live. Children are obviously disruptive factors in their world.

Vendela 67

Jan 1, 2019, 10:50 pm Reply

Great apartment, nice personโค

Jenny D

Feb 2, 2019, 11:28 am Reply

I LOVE THE INTRODUCTION OPENING THE DOOR .

Jenny D

Feb 2, 2019, 11:29 am Reply

PLANTS REDUCE STRESS BY CALMING THE SPIRIT.

Maxine F

Feb 2, 2019, 2:54 pm Reply

I love all of the plants.

Magical Patterns

Mar 3, 2019, 12:53 am Reply

This real synchronicity. I also have SLE and found this video. Iโ€™m looking for plants to clean my air and a gentle skin care for my lupus. Thank you ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

SG Reid

Mar 3, 2019, 3:34 pm Reply

I love this apartment!

Sasha Truett

Mar 3, 2019, 2:40 pm Reply

I wanted to meet her partner! awh

Ollie Jackson

Apr 4, 2019, 12:45 pm Reply

Ml GT

Magnum Pratchett

Apr 4, 2019, 2:29 pm Reply

SkinCare product advertising. Disappointed.

Tammy Villanueva

Apr 4, 2019, 4:37 am Reply

Love the poster !!

Rhiannon Stewart

May 5, 2019, 8:16 am Reply

What a beautifully curated home. Such a delight!

MT Yankin

Jun 6, 2019, 11:55 pm Reply

How lucky you are to have an apartment with a terrace. Such a lovely place too, with some real good mid-century modern furnishings.

Stacey D

Jul 7, 2019, 1:10 am Reply

I would subscribe to your channel, but, I love Trump. MAGA! Iโ€™m not sure if I feel safe here. I assume you will erase me anyway….

shikha b

Jul 7, 2019, 4:57 pm Reply

Love your house decor love your plants absolutely love your terrace garden and love your cat on the blanket ๐Ÿ˜‡

Dexter

Jul 7, 2019, 7:43 pm Reply

They must use some awesome litter to have the catโ€™s toilet in their bedroom. Also, why in the bedroom?

Anne Ragna ร˜vstebรธ

Jul 7, 2019, 5:13 pm Reply

Thank you for your amazing house tour in your beautiful home and ยซgardenยป. I just love it!

Jane Matthew

Jul 7, 2019, 7:05 am Reply

Leaving those ear buds or qtips open out in the washroom can get it germ loaded and can lead to ear infection when used… Always keep them enclosed in a box

Ruth Goddard

Jul 7, 2019, 12:39 am Reply

Loved the space. Dont let the haters get to you. Never learned its tacky to be rude

Mahesh Parameswaran

Jul 7, 2019, 4:03 am Reply

Cleanliness is nxt to Godliness- this statement very well suits U Miss and its Beautiful lyk U.

Angel Torres

Jul 7, 2019, 8:58 am Reply

This apartment is AMAZING … I hope to incorporate as many plants as they have one day

TheCherrytree123

Jul 7, 2019, 9:20 am Reply

It is much more realistic than tiny house. I love the plants. It make apartment looks no less than house/town house. One do not need a piece of lands to enjoy plants. and less work too. Nice idea to learn from it.

Just Jae

Jul 7, 2019, 2:53 pm Reply

This would be one of many ideal spaces for me. Especially the outside. I appreciate that the animals get almost as much face time as the humans.

TimeIdle

Aug 8, 2019, 12:13 pm Reply

With that roof deck, it's no longer a "500 sq. ft. apt." It's like a 1000 sq ft. apt. With the view, infinity sq. ft.

Pippy Amorin

Aug 8, 2019, 2:12 am Reply

What a beautiful home!!

Raymond Woo

Aug 8, 2019, 5:33 am Reply

You have created a very loving, peaceful, safe, and healthy home. I love your roof deck also. What a small piece of heaven! I wish you good health & well being!

M A

Aug 8, 2019, 12:49 pm Reply

Sheโ€™s queer and Jewish and plays violin! As a young human who is all of these things, I feel very represented ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful space

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