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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.

100 Comments

Ciara McGurl

Feb 2, 2019, 7:21 pm Reply

Aw I love her ? Can I be her friend??? She has such a beautiful personality ?

Ntakovac J

Feb 2, 2019, 2:56 am Reply

I smiled all through your video — starting with the view of your desk. It has STUFF on it, it's real and you are real. Your apartment expresses joy in life.

Gayle Bertinelli

Feb 2, 2019, 3:16 pm Reply

Diana u made a apt into a wonderful home. Just beautiful i love it. I too live in NYC.

Xcuze

Feb 2, 2019, 12:59 pm Reply

Notice how many of these new york apartments have prison bars on the windows. How chic.

Sayra L.

Feb 2, 2019, 10:05 am Reply

She is super funny and the apartment is cute. Not expensive for 2 people in my opinion.

th3azscorpio

Feb 2, 2019, 5:16 am Reply

I love this apartment, and her personality is such a charm! The decor is do nice, and I love the organic look and feel of all the exposed wood/ cherry wood. Place has a very warm, and cozy feel.

Also, I really love her look, and sense of fashion. Those earrings are so cute!

Liu Tze Long

Feb 2, 2019, 6:23 am Reply

Oh my god the “I feel bad that she is oppressed” people need to stfu feeling unwelcome in a foreign country applies to literally everyone it’s not just black people stupid fucking liberals

AllofMae

Feb 2, 2019, 8:28 am Reply

Ok, I love them! I could watch more videos of them two! But I could not think in that apartment. So much stuff everywhere.

Melanie Dejonge

Feb 2, 2019, 1:51 am Reply

I am so in love with her low-key yet hilarious personality. 😀

W Oin

Mar 3, 2019, 1:15 am Reply

Omg please tell me she has her own channel! She’s awesome and so clever

Tamara D

Mar 3, 2019, 5:07 pm Reply

Love her personality but she’s crazy to pay $2600 for rent.

Tamara D

Mar 3, 2019, 5:08 pm Reply

Love her personality but she’s crazy to pay $2600 for rent.

Tamara D

Mar 3, 2019, 5:08 pm Reply

Love her personality but she’s crazy to pay $2600 for rent.

Tamara D

Mar 3, 2019, 5:08 pm Reply

Love her personality but she’s crazy to pay $2600 for rent.

ederline rosenberg

Mar 3, 2019, 12:46 am Reply

I don't know why she reminds of jaz sinclair from caos

stephanie

Mar 3, 2019, 5:04 am Reply

Nice!

Cece Moon

Mar 3, 2019, 3:46 pm Reply

Stop the black woman victim talk. Rolling eyes.

Uoo Hoo

Mar 3, 2019, 1:54 pm Reply

So I think you come across as a very cool, laid back, sweet lady. So why the need to say you have a rough time since you're a "black" woman? I think that's in your own mind. People can be assholes towards other people no matter their race, color or gender. So just refer to them as DICKS! You're BEAUTIFUL!!!! :)))

Noey Tindol

Mar 3, 2019, 2:23 am Reply

I wish NY apartments had at least two bathrooms.

lokeyme46

Mar 3, 2019, 4:21 am Reply

Her personality made me thumbs up this video, her personality is precious!!

aldralee

Mar 3, 2019, 10:12 pm Reply

I want her to be my BFF. Bill is one lucky dude.

Alexia Edwards

Mar 3, 2019, 11:03 pm Reply

i love her ?

Patricia Young

Apr 4, 2019, 7:35 pm Reply

To Dianne from Dianne I love you 2 home. Enjoyed your video.

annonnie

Apr 4, 2019, 10:02 pm Reply

This woman is hilarious! I LOVE HER. hahaha. What a ray! Lucky husband for sure.

Poh Mama

Apr 4, 2019, 2:20 am Reply

I personally know ppl who met thru okcupid and are in committed relationship, and have children ?

Cristen C.

Apr 4, 2019, 6:56 pm Reply

I like her , she was cute

Janelle Ntim

Apr 4, 2019, 3:56 pm Reply

OkCupid!!! Oh Kay

Snarkulous

Apr 4, 2019, 6:38 pm Reply

lol did anyone get a shock when they panned over and Bill was suddenly in the bed?

Claudia Vasquez-Smith

Apr 4, 2019, 2:38 am Reply

She's beautiful and funny!

Saffron Griffith

Apr 4, 2019, 7:46 pm Reply

Beautiful

Ronnie_ca Way

Apr 4, 2019, 1:02 pm Reply

Love your couple painting!!! ❤️❤️❤️

vegan feminist

Apr 4, 2019, 10:18 am Reply

She rocks (and so do The Decemberists!) <3

Rev Laird

May 5, 2019, 4:39 pm Reply

Your place so small and cramped is really not worth the 2900 at suggest if you still want to live in New York why not try Amsterdam even Schenectady Yonkers I think it's the over height and living in New York City New York as well as Manhattan I pay $7,000 a month to live in Manhattan hourly middle 90s in my place was far better looking far more bigger than what you got the building unfortunately with katchafire so that means I moved back to Detroit and Detroit Michigan if you live in Royal Oak Berkley St Clair Shores Southfield Oak Park are square footage is far more and you pay far less so you got plate this is so comical?????????.???☠️???????????????.

Claudia

May 5, 2019, 10:08 pm Reply

Yes she is soo adorable!! Agree with comment below!!

caddy callaghan

May 5, 2019, 1:08 pm Reply

Gorgoeus!! Loved

CallmeKC

May 5, 2019, 2:33 pm Reply

You are woww!!! Can we be friends haha

Edwina Marie

May 5, 2019, 4:41 am Reply

I AM HAITIAN TOO AND MY MOM'S NAME IS MARIE! Get your life, girl! (:

Jude Dimatteo

May 5, 2019, 7:28 pm Reply

Cute couple nice pad

Migdalia Vasquez

May 5, 2019, 1:55 am Reply

Oh you sound so white good for you ?

Migdalia Vasquez

May 5, 2019, 1:57 am Reply

You must be so “proud of yourself”.?????

Ms. Alyce Davis

May 5, 2019, 8:28 pm Reply

??Beautiful Couple??

Jessie Sandoval

May 5, 2019, 8:34 pm Reply

Omygawd, you're so awesome. I want to be your new best friend. Let's go out and have lunch! Greetings from New Mexico. I move around the country a lot, I'm kind of a nomad. I love Brooklyn too. I'm getting ready to move to my new apartment in Albuquerque in a couple of days. I'm nervous, so watching these videos is relaxing me, and inspiring me too. Thank you

Isha Holder

May 5, 2019, 5:38 am Reply

She's my favorite. Love her personality.

Monique KyahLove Wilson

May 5, 2019, 1:03 am Reply

I soooo love her! Please start your own channel Diana!

rubired123

May 5, 2019, 11:01 pm Reply

I love this girl!

Sandra Cheeks!

Jun 6, 2019, 5:11 pm Reply

Luv you and Bill. More please….
Yes…. do that (in my low voice).

hunniekombs25

Jun 6, 2019, 12:51 am Reply

Lovely couple! Is Bill ok with moms portrait being so close to the bed? Sorry ?

Ms. Rae

Jun 6, 2019, 2:11 am Reply

Girl you need to do a part 2 video vlog on how he proposed. I hope it was romantic.

FreeChild 7

Jun 6, 2019, 7:37 pm Reply

U r awesome. Btw love your canister.

Sweet Tea ATL

Jun 6, 2019, 11:06 am Reply

That forced cuddle at the end ?

Nil B

Jun 6, 2019, 6:24 pm Reply

Loved your earrings!

Mik

Jun 6, 2019, 6:39 pm Reply

I love her personality!

Michelle Saenz

Jun 6, 2019, 1:34 am Reply

These two are the cutest couple on this show!

Snore Berry

Jun 6, 2019, 10:01 pm Reply

adorable!!!!

Snore Berry

Jun 6, 2019, 10:02 pm Reply

I love the paintings, love your apartment

Aydan sa

Jun 6, 2019, 2:06 am Reply

Lovely lady, great personality!

Jade Monet

Jun 6, 2019, 8:56 pm Reply

She's so cute!

jennifer pogue

Jul 7, 2019, 2:54 am Reply

Legos are the best. You can make book shelves and pencil holders out of them. And great portrait. Love the art.

Zina

Jul 7, 2019, 4:03 pm Reply

Diana….you’re so cute and funny. Love your home and hubby…cuteness overload

Rose Percy

Jul 7, 2019, 12:43 pm Reply

Wow she reminds me so much of myself! I am also a Haitian and I am today years old in learning what the English word for "pilon' is! loool

Lori Ann White

Jul 7, 2019, 10:53 pm Reply

Books, amirite??????

Patricia Westfall

Jul 7, 2019, 11:04 pm Reply

You two are so cute!

Jeasla Mickens

Jul 7, 2019, 3:14 am Reply

Omg I love your apt!!

nmc398

Jul 7, 2019, 11:42 am Reply

Nice apartment but too expensive. Its almost like paying a mortgage

Mandy

Jul 7, 2019, 1:06 pm Reply

Oh sis Haitian Yass ?????????? love to support my Haitian sisters

Dmitriy Lyubarskiy

Jul 7, 2019, 5:14 pm Reply

That’s too expensive for Prospect Heights. $2,600 for 1 bedroom is a lot. You can get luxury 1 bedroom on NJ waterfront with NYC skyline view and it might even be a little cheaper than $2,600 a month.

Lotsy

Jul 7, 2019, 4:38 pm Reply

As soon as I saw her picture from the thumbnail, I was like wow she seems so familiar.. I feel so connected to her. Then boom, she says she’s Haitian! ❤️?? Love the place! Love her energy!

Lisa Miller

Jul 7, 2019, 4:27 am Reply

My fav sweet digs so far!

ASHYA MARIA SANCHEZ

Jul 7, 2019, 5:15 am Reply

They can get a better 1bedroom in Brooklyn

Rohini Panakal

Jul 7, 2019, 5:22 pm Reply

She’s amazing and she’s got her priorities right with her books!

michkay1

Jul 7, 2019, 6:27 pm Reply

She’s got such a soothing voice. I could hear her talk all day

Sherie Twenter

Jul 7, 2019, 8:51 pm Reply

Love your apartment, it has a lot of character!

MauiGirl 888

Jul 7, 2019, 11:30 pm Reply

Love it!!! So cozy. Great great personality, I would watch your show.

David DePena

Jul 7, 2019, 3:20 pm Reply

Love her. Please be my friend!

Anna Petropoulou

Jul 7, 2019, 12:45 pm Reply

She's delightful!

Dolly Nghixulifwa

Jul 7, 2019, 11:50 am Reply

Shes got a bubbly personality…LOVE IT 🙂

Michelle Page

Jul 7, 2019, 6:21 pm Reply

Okay, I must say this video is one of my favorite! I love her sense of humor, her style, and her high-spirited personality!

Brenda Kirkland

Jul 7, 2019, 3:20 am Reply

Love all that space in NYC ! Nice ?? video

Prettyfly8

Jul 7, 2019, 1:44 am Reply

Her voice sounds like a character that should be on the Netflix show "Big Mouth" !! She needs to do voice acting lol

Ebo J.

Jul 7, 2019, 11:49 am Reply

Love this space so much. Love her even more. So funny AND said some real ish.

Princessa Lucia

Aug 8, 2019, 7:11 pm Reply

Great apartment, decorated nicely, good space. The rent does seem high, but you do have a lot of room. Love your kitchy style.

Halee Bishop

Aug 8, 2019, 3:02 am Reply

I literally love her ??

Hey It’s Mimi

Aug 8, 2019, 1:37 am Reply

we legit have the same personality !! loool !! so far my fav sweet digs episode!!

Tracey Smith

Aug 8, 2019, 1:51 am Reply

She was so funny and I would definitely watch her again.

michelle kincaid

Aug 8, 2019, 5:56 pm Reply

It's hard to believe that in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world that you would feel unwelcomed because of your race. Well, it looks like you did "make it" despite your obstacles. You live in an amazing apartment, have a great job, and married a wonderful man. Kudos!!

Sunlight

Aug 8, 2019, 1:56 am Reply

This couple should vlog ! I love these two !

lsmithdixon

Aug 8, 2019, 7:50 pm Reply

Your cat isnt psycho. Youre psycho, for judging an animal, they have different personalities.
Youre a psycho for paying 2,600 for rent.

IloveyoulikeXO

Aug 8, 2019, 6:54 pm Reply

First time i heard someone complain about natural lighting in nyc?

Pink Rainbow

Aug 8, 2019, 3:48 pm Reply

Why is she so awesome ? How can I get more of her….I think I'm in loove

Shanon L Connors

Aug 8, 2019, 2:17 am Reply

Diana is awesome! Love her personality!!

Nicole Hatala

Aug 8, 2019, 5:57 am Reply

Diana they invented a great product for those mad dash naked tea kettle getting moments….curtains.. ??

Louise Mann

Aug 8, 2019, 8:43 am Reply

Super personality! Wish you were my friend!

Bridget Donovan

Aug 8, 2019, 7:27 am Reply

Those canisters are gorgeous and very collectible. People would probably pay a month’s rent to have them. ?

miiilaa100

Aug 8, 2019, 11:30 am Reply

Love the appartment and her personnality

Dallas Bryceson

Aug 8, 2019, 12:32 am Reply

Love this chick and love the apartment! ?

Marie deHeryng

Aug 8, 2019, 12:20 pm Reply

Love love love your apartment!! So warm and inviting and really love the layout and the way you have furnished it. Really lovely!!???

Gigi F

Aug 8, 2019, 4:08 pm Reply

Alright hatienne woman, coming thru

Guamby Guambelle

Aug 8, 2019, 6:35 am Reply

Cute couple, fabulous home!!

Aieda B

Aug 8, 2019, 6:44 pm Reply

Love her! She needs a YouTube channel

zymri whittington

Aug 8, 2019, 9:50 pm Reply

Wow I’m a Haitian in a mixed relationship. I love her so much I want to be her friend.

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