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Nov 22, 2019

ASTORIA INTERIORS: WARM AND SERENE ON 30TH AVENUE

Welcome back to another edition of Astoria Interiors, a series where we go inside neighborhood homes to showcase design on the most local level. Today, we’re heading inside a colorful, (…)

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Welcome back to another edition of Astoria Interiors, a series where we go inside neighborhood homes to showcase design on the most local level. Today, we’re heading inside a colorful, dog-friendly one-bedroom on 30th Avenue. We’re loving the eclectic touches throughout this pad, and are green with envy about this outdoor patio space!

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Name: Tember Hopkins, Max Duggan & Sobo

Social handle: @acrosstatelines @mxdug #themightysobo 

Location:  30th Ave

Years lived in: 1.5, Rented

Size (# of bedrooms, bathrooms): 1 bed, 1 bath

Tell us a bit about you and your Astoria apartment: We are a couple sharing a tiny apartment with our Australian Cattle Dog, Sobo. We have both been living in Astoria for around 6 years.  I am originally from New England, and Max is from Oklahoma. We chose this apartment for its amazing yard. Our indoor space is limited, so organization is key. We swear by Marie Kondo and the Konmari method! The apartment itself is pretty cookie cutter, so we’ve had to get creative to make it feel like home. We are constantly evolving it to be a perfect place to recharge from our busy lives as designers.

Describe your design aesthetic in five words or less: Warm, Natural, Functional, Serene

Painting an accent wall in our living room navy blue was a fun Labor Day Project and really tied our color scheme together.

What’s your favorite room and why? Our outdoor room :) We are so lucky to have an outdoor space that serves as Sobo’s playground, a container garden, and a gathering place for BBQs. 

Our backyard is our favorite place to relax and spend weekends gardening.

Most prized piece? The vintage Scandinavian pendant lamp in our bedroom.

The John Sovjani serigraph above our bed was hand framed by my Grandfather, and informed our color choices in the rest of the room. We took the closet door off the tracks and replaced it with a sheer white curtain. It has made our bedroom feel more calming.

The Chinese fans are hand painted by my friend’s Grandfather.

What part of your home are you most proud of?  So much of it is DIY! Replacing the standard lighting fixtures with our own, building our own nightstands and outdoor table helped us customize the space to fit our lifestyle.

Our bookshelf provides essential storage in our small apartment; it houses everything from art supplies to backpacking gear. Since it’s a focal point in the living space, we also wanted to make sure it isn’t an eyesore.

Favorite local element? Winston, our brass armadillo found in a thrift shop on Steinway. The day we got him, we took him around the city for a photoshoot in our favorite locations!

Best apartment advice? Ensure your home represents everyone that lives there. It should be everyone’s happy place!

Photos of our favorite dogs greet everyone who walks in the door.

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