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Hi, I’m Marcella, welcome to your AirBnB…I
mean my Sweet Digs. Before you come in just click the link below
to subscribe. Okay, come on in. I live in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and rent is
2900 dollars with all utilities included. Plus the 10,000 dollars that I invested into
the space. It was just one big empty rectangle. So I turned it into what essentially is a
four bedroom, one bath, bed and breakfast in the middle of Brooklyn. It’s also my home, and then we also rent
it out for film and photoshoots. For what the space was when I found it, it
was too much. With the work that I put into it, I think
it might be a little too little, but it’s definitely more in the ballpark. So this is my kitchen. All of these knobs I’ve been collecting
for maybe a decade or so. My favorite one, probably the elephant or
the dinosaur. I’m actually thinking about changing the
kitchen cabinets to be like a powder yellow. I’m not sure. Let me know what you think if I should paint
them yellow or keep them blue, in the comments below. Going over here to the refrigerator. This is definitely one of the most expensive
things in the apartment. I bought it for around 1600 or 1800 dollars. In Burbank, California there’s this store
that refurbishes old stoves and refrigerators. And I found this guy and they paint it whatever
you like. So I had them paint it red, and then they
had a Coca-Cola decal that they put on it. And now it’s just my Coca-Cola refrigerator. Because it’s from the 1950s it has little
things inside that they just don’t put in refrigerators today. They have like 12 eggs for you to put all
of your eggs in. The lazy Susan shelves come out, the shelves
rotate to show you what you need that’s all the way in the back that you can’t reach. So my dining table. I pretty much stalked it for about three years. I found it at Cost Plus World Market, and
it was $800 but I couldn’t afford it. I am a regular CraigsList searcher. After 3 years eventually someone posted it
for $300 and I bought it up really fast. Yeah it’s a pretty cool piece. This is the washer and dryer. Obviously having a bed and breakfast where
you need a lot of sheets and towels to be constantly washed, I needed to have a washer
and dryer in the space. And then we built this box that hides the
washer and dryer as well as a countertop for our dumping ground. Over here is our bathroom. When we first moved in it was just white and
bland and boring. I wanted to do something really wacky. The wallpaper I found on etsy, so there was
a seller who sells a bunch of vintage wallpaper. I wanted to do all of the bathroom but there
just wasn’t that much, so instead I matched the orange in the lion and just painted everywhere
that the wallpaper didn’t cover. I know it’s very loud and very kitschy,
but when you put all of these things together it just works. I’m gonna go over here to the rest of like
where we kinda hang out. The swing, um, I just wanted a swing in my home. It’s 40 dollars worth of materials at Home Depot. My handyman came over and did it in a couple
hours and I paid him 70 dollars for him to do it all. A cheap little thing that can be really fun. These are blue velvet chairs. I am a little tired of them. I’ve had them for 5 years and I look at
them every day, so part of me wants to either reupholster them or completely get rid of
them and get new chairs. I’m kinda curious, do you think I should
keep these guys? Reupholster them? Or start fresh and get some new chairs. Leave your answers in the comments below. One thing I will never get rid of is this
poster of the cigarette girl from the 40s. It’s from my parents. Every time I see it I remember my home that
I was raised in, I was also born in, I was born in my living room. I moved to New York a little over 2 years ago. I’ve always wanted to live in New York,
and I just thought why not? I was searching for a loft that was either
big enough for me to build inside it or that already had rooms built out. Then eventually I found this space. The windows and the natural light that came
in were just gorgeous. I was like like, ugh I can do something with this. Then I wrote the landlord asking if he was
okay with me building. Told him about AirBnB, about film and photoshoots,
and he was totally okay with it. I was making his investment a lot nicer. I built out the layout of the loft so the
three bedrooms and the upstairs balcony and stairs. We just kinda added all of that in. Luckily it did work out. I made it back in just a little less than
three months. But it definitely was a gamble. The guest rooms are all right here. Two of them with the sliding barn doors. This is the “Room with a View. Because you have a view…of the living area
but still. It gets really beautiful light in throughout
the day. It’s an old reclaimed window, and we kinda
built the wall around it. I’ve been doing AirBnB for a pretty long
time, and I’ve met people from all over the world. I remember a couple from France, they brought
us bamboo toothbrushes with our names on them. It was so, so, so incredibly sweet. Bad experiences? Hmmm. If you are staying in someones home in a shared
space, don’t walk around in your underwear. This is the “Tropical Getaway” …
in Brooklyn. I found this bedspread on Urban Outfitters. I also have the Edison bulb marquee lights
around the top. The worst part about the loft, we have a big
wall heater and it makes like a, a loud sound but it just kinda sounds like white noise. When the heater shuts off you can hear a pin
drop, it’s super super quiet. IN the middle of the night if we have to go
to the bathroom and the heat turns off, I have to be really quiet, otherwise somebody
might hear me. This room which you don’t really realize is a room. This is the “Backpacker’s Dream” room. Originally this was going to be our walk-in closet. Then we thought, well why don’t we just
rent this room out to also make back some of our money, and then we’ll turn it into
a closet again, and this is actually the room that everyone started booking non-stop. So we were like okay, well then maybe we should
just fix it up and make this a proper room. Upstairs is my room. This is my boyfriend and my room. This ledge is where all my books are. And this is my kinda work space, even though
most of the time I’m on the bed with my laptop. This is my husband pillow. I have have my boyfriend and I have my husband. Whenever we set up to watch a movie or hangout
in bed or something like that, he’ll ask me do you want your husband, or am I good
enough? I usually go for the husband. My home style, um, it’s basically a collage
of many styles. I buy what I like. If I see something and I like it, I don’t
think oh is this going to match what I have. Because nothing matches, and when nothing
matches you can get whatever you want and you don’t have to worry about that. Funky, that’s why it’s the Funky Loft. Sharing the space with my boyfriend and other
people, guests, we haven’t come up with any issues yet. They’re out most of the day and night seeing
the city, being tourists, doing what they came here to do in New York. So we definitely get a lot of private time
to ourselves. I don’t want to live alone, I like having
people around me. Especially if you have such a big space. So it was just like, you know always having
friends over to visit. One of my favorite things is when someone
comes in and the look on their face of just like *gasp* this is so great, I’ve never
seen something like this, this is so homey. It always just reminds me oh okay, ya know,
this is a cool thing that you did, and maybe it is worth it. What is something that you have taken a gamble
on that you’re not sure if it will pay out, or maybe it has. Write it in the comments below. Thanks for watching my Sweet Digs. To subscribe click here, and to watch more
videos click here. Okay, bye!

100 Comments

Refinery29

Feb 2, 2018, 4:12 pm Reply

What is something you have taken a gamble on that you're not sure if it will pay out? Let us know in the comments below 🙂

Savannah Mcdonough

Jul 7, 2019, 10:04 am Reply

????? this is everything

raysour

Jul 7, 2019, 7:07 pm Reply

New chairs but keep the cabinet color!

why not

Jul 7, 2019, 12:52 pm Reply

AMAZING business women love it ???

Keep the turquoise chairs there beautiful ??

Bryanna G.

Jul 7, 2019, 4:12 pm Reply

Every piece is so unique, and different, but it fits ???

Lori McCullough

Jul 7, 2019, 12:14 pm Reply

You have a beautiful home and it is completely my style! I love it. Please keep the kitchen cabinets the pretty blue colour. I would reupholster the chairs…maybe a vintage floral? They look comfy too. Best of luck in the future!

Stoney

Jul 7, 2019, 1:38 pm Reply

Reupholster to that orange to match the bathroom. But it would also compliment the vinyl player. Because you know everybody is happily when you can just sit in bright happy chair and listen to your favorite vinyl

Samphe Ballamingie

Jul 7, 2019, 7:01 pm Reply

this reminds me a lot of the apartment in Dharma and Greg (especially with the swing)

Kasey

Jul 7, 2019, 4:05 am Reply

That swing looks kinky 🙂

Kay C.

Jul 7, 2019, 4:05 am Reply

The chairs could be dyed a navy blue non?

soldaliberdade13

Jul 7, 2019, 1:42 pm Reply

people are so creative!

Charmingpreppylife

Jul 7, 2019, 9:15 pm Reply

House is cute, bathroom is gross.

Lauryn Keift

Jul 7, 2019, 10:42 pm Reply

yellow

Lauryn Keift

Jul 7, 2019, 10:45 pm Reply

def get rid

Nerdy Lisette

Jul 7, 2019, 10:48 pm Reply

paint cabinets yellow and get chairs to match

Sai’s Creative Corner

Jul 7, 2019, 3:12 am Reply

Idk why but she looks like Sunny Keller from life hacks for kids

mjordie97

Jul 7, 2019, 2:28 pm Reply

Oh she is smart

lauren mackenzie

Jul 7, 2019, 5:39 pm Reply

i love the color and print on that husband pillow…..i need it

C Me

Jul 7, 2019, 9:29 pm Reply

Way too busy and disjointed for my comfort. Don't think I'd stay there.

jen s

Jul 7, 2019, 11:15 pm Reply

Why would u invest 10k into a place that isnt yours

Linda Ferguson

Jul 7, 2019, 11:20 am Reply

Don’t change a thing ?

Jax Eaton

Jul 7, 2019, 6:55 pm Reply

Keep them they're beautiful

lola lane

Jul 7, 2019, 12:23 am Reply

God bless your so smart !

Nobs Co

Jul 7, 2019, 2:45 am Reply

Love to hang out at your apartment.lol! Cool!

Shannon Farrell

Jul 7, 2019, 4:47 am Reply

when you recognize her from those 2 episodes of the fosters (she’s rita’s daughter)

Kay Doss

Jul 7, 2019, 2:47 pm Reply

Blue

Bill Hampton

Jul 7, 2019, 8:21 pm Reply

She usually goes for the husband.

Mindfoolness

Jul 7, 2019, 6:03 am Reply

this home is so beautiful <3

Mish Uru

Jul 7, 2019, 7:59 am Reply

Change the cabinets yellow and get rid of those chairs!

Bron Febey

Jul 7, 2019, 9:59 pm Reply

Great space.. ?
The chairs are fabulous, you should definitely keep them.. ?

mireya zarate

Jul 7, 2019, 4:13 am Reply

Ta bien chidoris

Mailys Harston

Jul 7, 2019, 5:16 am Reply

Keep them blue!!!

Lemon Lover

Jul 7, 2019, 4:30 am Reply

I think you should paint or refinish the piano. I like the cabinets, but I would paint them a different color, and I would keep the chairs until I saw something better. Nice house, though.

Jani Jackson

Jul 7, 2019, 4:26 pm Reply

DON’T PAINT THE CABINETS YELLOW

krixLight

Jul 7, 2019, 5:48 pm Reply

Keep the cabinet blue. The chair looks great, maybe reupholstered it to a deep red. I love the swing.

huntsman145

Jul 7, 2019, 5:53 pm Reply

so all the guests know when you have sex? that's pretty gross

Sivon Williams

Jul 7, 2019, 9:44 pm Reply

Totally cool you were born at home ❤

Kennedy Adeogba

Jul 7, 2019, 4:37 am Reply

I really like the blue cabinets

Sheer Brk

Jul 7, 2019, 5:58 am Reply

Why why why why??! Why would you put so much work and energy in a house that is not even yours?! I dont get it. You pay $3000 rent every month which is alot!! Those owners are the lucky ones!

M K

Jul 7, 2019, 12:40 pm Reply

Cute! Wish she would have given square footage.

Sherie Twenter

Jul 7, 2019, 2:10 pm Reply

I like the blue chairs

Sherie Twenter

Jul 7, 2019, 2:12 pm Reply

Is AIRBNB what you do for a living?

Agnes Lawrence

Jul 7, 2019, 3:50 pm Reply

Those armchairs are solid… cover them with throws

Seeking Pathways

Jul 7, 2019, 1:21 am Reply

I have been living here all my life and could not afford something like this, i dont even have the money to renovate a rental like this….It's time to go cause im sick of living in the NYC projects.

Seeking Pathways

Jul 7, 2019, 1:23 am Reply

Get rid of the chairs they look to stuck up for the living space. The cabinets in a pastel yellow could work but the red fridge might clash.

Lola Kunos

Jul 7, 2019, 4:23 am Reply

I don't know if yellow would be the best colour for the cabinets since you already have the bright yellow bathroom. I think a light lavender or mint would look really cool though!

Saif Sattani

Jul 7, 2019, 5:47 am Reply

This was so lovely. Marcella is so practical and genuine.

Fine Ok

Jul 7, 2019, 1:19 pm Reply

wait what – she put 10k into her rental??? what's going on in nyc

Preferably Annie

Jul 7, 2019, 4:47 pm Reply

omg I literally saw the iconic swing Airbnb room, then I saw the thumbnail on this video, and I'm like, "*GASP* this is THE ROOM!!! :D"
aka it's so cool to see the room I saw on airbnb in "real life" a couple of weeks ago lol

mary baker

Jul 7, 2019, 4:29 am Reply

Maybe a shade darker blue but honestly your apartment is gorgeous

jazy akhmet

Jul 7, 2019, 5:24 pm Reply

Blue look positive then yellow.

Alyssa vasquez

Jul 7, 2019, 2:55 am Reply

Wow this is a really great find ! Its spacious and has alot of bedrooms ! I plan on going to NYC next month ! We really need to find a Airbnb for sure! But I actually prefer privacy only cause of my girlfriend and parent is coming along as well. But hopefully I can find something like this to have to our self's for the days of my birthday.

Rohini Panakal

Jul 7, 2019, 1:25 pm Reply

This is the BEST home in this series.

Tianna Braxton

Jul 7, 2019, 12:31 am Reply

Bushwick Brooklyn … the most gentrified neighborhood with these "aesthetic" ppl coming in!!!

Cindy Slates

Jul 7, 2019, 2:12 pm Reply

Powder yellow would be beautiful!

melonaana

Jul 7, 2019, 6:49 pm Reply

i can smell the gentrification

Miami Miami

Jul 7, 2019, 2:49 am Reply

Hello darling, first I love your apartment very inspirational. I’m moving to Los Angeles soon and I would love to to know where you buy your refrigerator from. Thanks

Ebo J.

Jul 7, 2019, 7:32 am Reply

One hand: beautiful, gorgeous space. On the other I see gentrifiers and why people are being priced out

ma oli

Jul 7, 2019, 8:46 am Reply

of all the house tour that i have watched, this is actually my favorite ♡

Elise Baker

Jul 7, 2019, 3:12 pm Reply

just googled it and i was right!! this gal portrayed rita's daughter on the fosters!

Sweetheart Care Bear

Jul 7, 2019, 4:13 pm Reply

Cost world market on of my favs. I have 3 further items from there here in New Mexico!

Sweetheart Care Bear

Jul 7, 2019, 4:14 pm Reply

Only my opinion, but your home is too cluttered!! The layout of your home is beautiful!

Amber Kovacik

Jul 7, 2019, 6:06 pm Reply

Dress the blue chairs up with a blanket and or pillows! You could put fun linen placemats on the arms.

Patricia Howe

Jul 7, 2019, 7:07 pm Reply

Wowww is very nice your place!!!

Susan Cole

Jul 7, 2019, 4:20 pm Reply

Nice and creative. ?

Barb Paparelli

Jul 7, 2019, 2:05 am Reply

I have a husband too! It's been with me for like 10 years now haha

Laura Taylor

Jul 7, 2019, 3:26 am Reply

Way too much to recover and you are too youthful for those anyways.get something fresh and exciting.?you have a beautiful eclectic style.i love it!!!!

Amber Vegas

Jul 7, 2019, 2:01 am Reply

That fridge!!

James Hampson

Jul 7, 2019, 2:01 pm Reply

Yellow

Colleen Catlady Hardesty

Jul 7, 2019, 3:56 pm Reply

Yellow!!!

Colleen Catlady Hardesty

Jul 7, 2019, 3:59 pm Reply

Reupholster chairs!!!

Divya Sasidharan

Aug 8, 2019, 1:00 am Reply

Please keep them blue

Divya Sasidharan

Aug 8, 2019, 1:08 am Reply

Holi Molly what is she ??? ?

Divya Sasidharan

Aug 8, 2019, 1:11 am Reply

If u r sick of it u can change it… for an Airbnb this melting pot works it’s amazing I’d love to stay there but to live everyday I can’t just my personality gets sick of loud things very quickly… if something is almost invisible it wouldn’t bother me in long run… so tiny replaceable things I’ll get bright n pow !!! But for what this place is it’s beyond amazing !!!! Love love love it !!!

pauline palmer

Aug 8, 2019, 1:32 pm Reply

Reupholster those chairs in a brown/beige two color.They are very nicely shaped.

Denise Harris

Aug 8, 2019, 6:02 pm Reply

Yellow kitchen, and definately your chairs after a keeper, thru are GORGEOUSIf I lived in orca round NYC, and you decided to sell I would definately purchase them.

Virginia Berges

Aug 8, 2019, 6:13 pm Reply

I love your lifestyle. Congrats!! Your home is beautiful and you are so nice that share it with others. Bravo.

Berany patiño lopez

Aug 8, 2019, 4:44 am Reply

love the vibe and style!!!

crystal miller

Aug 8, 2019, 4:15 am Reply

That’s a beautiful loft except the bathroom. The decor of the bathroom literally hurt my eyes.

urban fruit

Aug 8, 2019, 8:37 pm Reply

get new chairs bro

Nicole Hatala

Aug 8, 2019, 7:41 am Reply

When nothing matches you can do what you want! Amen!! Its okay to follow a farmhouse door trend or a macrame and pothos plant in every corner trend, but when you see a bright red swiveling coke machine, hell yea youre gonna bring that little lady home. Because you do what you want! I love it!

Estelita Quintero

Aug 8, 2019, 10:01 am Reply

I love the refrigerator ?

Schulyer Averill

Aug 8, 2019, 2:50 am Reply

Keep it blue

Monica Alvarado

Aug 8, 2019, 6:44 am Reply

sharing one (1) bathroom between 5 people, 3 of which are total strangers… that is definitely a Bold Choice !

Antinesha Allen

Aug 8, 2019, 1:17 am Reply

She’s really cool! & very very smart…. makes me want to take a gamble on the things I want to do in life! go girl ????????

Hannah James

Aug 8, 2019, 4:33 pm Reply

Definitely paint the top cabinets yellow and keep the bottom blue!

Kiera Jade

Aug 8, 2019, 11:19 pm Reply

anyone else think she looks like Amy Adams?? maybe with a mix of jenna fischer?

(btw, this place is incredible)

Kat P

Aug 8, 2019, 12:03 pm Reply

This was great.. she made a great investment

Theresa May

Aug 8, 2019, 6:45 pm Reply

Keep the cabinets that light blue – love it (or white). I love yellow, but not here. The chairs: reupholster a neutral color, the blue looks tired and sad. Love the swing and the dining table.

Dabney Jones

Aug 8, 2019, 12:05 am Reply

I hope she kept the blue cabinets and the blue velvet chairs! Lovely, whimsical and enjoyable space!

Davida ME

Aug 8, 2019, 12:30 am Reply

Your home is so lovely! Definitely design inspo. It's already beautiful but I think a pale yellow for the cabinets would look really nice (and be kinda bright and sunny with your red fridge. Similarly, if you're bored with the chairs, they're lovely and they'll probably sell really easily so get new ones!

Dev1lm4n

Aug 8, 2019, 1:25 pm Reply

Why does she have back pockets on the front of her jeans?

Chigo Aniobi

Aug 8, 2019, 9:51 pm Reply

Your home is dope?

Jem Silud

Aug 8, 2019, 9:42 am Reply

LOVE IT! Also, I love the blue walls, imo keep the blue walls. I also love the chairs but I totally understand what you mean by you're sick of them… so you can get new ones and I'm sure someone else will be so pleased to add them to their home. <3 Best wishes!

Caroline Mahony

Aug 8, 2019, 12:53 am Reply

stop telling me what to do

Ms. Gaston –

Aug 8, 2019, 5:02 pm Reply

Amazing

theverticalgiraffe

Aug 8, 2019, 12:01 pm Reply

Lol this girl is keeps on asking for design advice ? but I don’t blame her, why not take advantage of asking a large audience for advice

theverticalgiraffe

Aug 8, 2019, 12:06 pm Reply

That still kinda seems like a lot of ppl for a small space… with one bathroom?

Rebecca Van Luyk

Aug 8, 2019, 4:06 pm Reply

I'd LOVE to stay in her Airbnb!!

Grace Jerome

Aug 8, 2019, 6:54 pm Reply

Awesome home!

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