What $2,600 Will Get You In NYC | Sweet Digs Home Tour | Refinery29
Hi guys, I’m Diana, and these are my Sweet Digs. But before you come in, please subscribe down here. While I wait. Okay, come on in! I live in Prospect Heights with my husband, and our psycho cat, and we pay $2600 in rent. I think that’s way to much. Come on in and I’ll show you more. I do think we pay a lot, but I really do love the space. I think there’s actually enough space. Come on into the bedroom. It’s my favorite room ’cause it houses my desk where I do a lot of my writing. I got this desk from Ikea. Super exclusive. I think it’s still there, not exclusive at all. JK LOL. I love sitting here and hanging out. Either doing that or lying in bed with my husband Bill. Hello. Bill and I met on OKCupid, and then we got married last November. So that’s cool. I love books. I collect them wherever I go, whenever I can. Much to the chagrin of Bill, because he always says we don’t have enough room. But, I mean, if you got room, you got room. This is taken from a photograph of my mom from the 1980s when she first came to America from Haiti. She came alone. So my grandpa sent her here hoping that she’d be able to get a great job and send some money back home. She’s done a lot, she’s really hard working. And I like looking up at here and getting inspiration from her whenever I need it. I’m like, if Marie could do it, you could definitely do it. So come on over, I’ll show you another room in the apartment. When we were moving in they asked us if we wanted them to color the walls. I chose coral, because I feel like it’s more calming, but vibrant. This bathroom is “spacious” for New York City. I love it most because it can hide all of my hair care, and, you know, my skin care routine. So that’s pretty sweet. This is our living room. One of the biggest perks of this apartment is as you can see there is a lot of room for sitting. Because we’re very big on movie nights, and TV nights. The thing I like the least about the apartment is probably the light. We do have a lot of pants- We have a lot of pants. But also we have a lot of plants. Most of them are lowlight plants because we’re on the first floor. And the other thing about being o the first floor is um, getting naked is kinda tricky. If I’m, like, running from the bathroom to the living room, ’cause I don’t know, I left the tea kettle on or something, I have to do a mad dash, or throw on a robe. Ya know, not trying to have anybody look at my lady bits. My favorite home find, or just like, street finding which is a thing I really love, my mom used to do it when I was little. Bill texted me one day and he said, “Hey. I found some book cases. On the street.” And he managed to carry both of them under his arms, all the way, it was like three blocks. (off screen) 15 blocks! It was 15 blocks. And I love him dearly. But they were free, and it was awesome, so. The most expensive thing in the apartment is Bill’s standing desk. It’s very useful, and I think he’s gonna have it forever. Babe where’s the standing desk from? (off screen) Uhhh… Burgo Depot? (off screen, inaudible) As in virgo? Erg-ergo depot, the Fargo model? (off screen, inaudible) Fargus. (off screen, inaudible) Jarvis! Communication’s really good in this relationship. This is our dining room. New room, exciting. We basically just have the two of us sit here and eat breakfast, sometimes we’ll eat lunch. Not really dinner, we like to sit in front of the TV for that. This is a little friend that I picked up at Urban Outfitters. When Bill and I moved in here it kind of became his thing because it’s filled with his Legos. Bill loves Legos, it was my fault, I got him a Delorean our first Christmas together. He put it together and said, “Wait… I can build Lego’s all the time.” And I said, “No, don’t do that.” One of my favorite things in the entire apartment, is this little Lego set that Bill made for us. He could not find a black woman Lego head that was not Storm. America. So he had it shipped from the UK, and specially made, which I thought was super, super sweet. And we house it right here, so people can come over and go, “What the hell is that?” and I go, “It’s me.” This is our kitchen. Hey…hi… It looks really fancy, but that was not us. The owner’s of the apartment, one of them was actually an architect so everything is very useful. All the space is useful. We try to do a lot of cooking. The last few weeks we’ve been ordering a lot of Thai food. But that is supposed to change today, and not because the cameras are here, I mean it. We have our cookbooks up here. I don’t use the cookbooks as much as I would like. It’s a great space, I love the counter, I mean look at it. My favorite thing to make in this kitchen, I want to say Oh my god delicious baked goods but no, it’s eggs and toast. Even though I’m born in America, there are a lot of words that I don’t really know in English and only know in French or Creole like pilon. The first time I heard someone say mortar and pestle I was like, “I don’t know what the hell that is,” and then I saw this and I was like, “Totally know what that is.” These sugar, flour, and coffee, tea holders, that Bill’s grandma had from the 1960s. We found the apartment on StreetEasy, We loved it, it was great, but a bunch of other people were also in here, because it’s New York City and five million people come to an open house. And we were like, okay this place is cool, but we’re gonna look at other spots, ’cause we’re gonna be able to find something else. So we like walked around, we went to maybe like 4 or 5 open houses. And then we ended up just coming back here, and betting that we could maybe get it, and we did. Our apartment is very comfortable, it’s one of my favorite things. I think the world can sometimes be really brutal, especially for me as a black woman, just trying to make my way, and feeling unwelcome. So home is very much a space where I feel like I can just be myself.