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Jan 03, 2020

Astoria Interiors: Modern, Eclectic and Cozy on 34th Ave

BY: ANNA DORE 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 going (…)

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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 going behind the scenes in a Queens native’s artsy one-bedroom on 34th Avenue. We’re loving the vintage touches and flea-market finds throughout this home—bonus points for that church pew in the kitchen!

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Name: Klodet Torosian

Social handle: @thekaptaink

Location: 34th Ave.

Years lived in: Five years in this apartment, 15+years in Astoria

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

Tell us a bit about you and your Astoria apartment: 

I’m a native Queens girl, working as a Program Director in advertising by day and photographing my beloved NYC at all times. I’ve lived all around Astoria for over 20 years and am currently living off the 36th Ave. stop. My current apartment is by far my favorite out of all my apartments in Astoria. It’s very spacious, has excellent light and in a pre-war building with lovely neighbors.

Describe your design aesthetic in five words or less: Personal, modern, eclectic, comfortable and cozy.

This detail of my entertainment stand displays all of my favorite reading, art books and items I’ve collected throughout the years. Most of the art on the wall is from places I’ve been and the photographs on the floor are my personal work.

What’s your favorite room and why? The living room, as I spend most of my time there watching movies, reading and entertaining friends and family.

My Living room gets amazing light and so I’ve decorated it with cherished family photographs and art I’ve collected from my travels. Every piece has meaning and a story.

Most prized piece? The art I collect from my world travels and my art books.

The main wall in my living room is the tribute to my family, personal photos I’ve shot and art from around the world.

What part of your home are you most proud of? My Living room as it’s a personal reflection of everything I love. Art, photography, travel and most important my friends and family.

The focus of the far wall in my living room is one of my favorite artist’s (McBess’s) illustrated piece on wood.

Favorite local element? My Queens map in my kitchen and my Astoria ring, both from Lockwood.

Being a Queens native, I immediately snagged this QUEENS sign from Lockwood Shop. I’m lucky to have such great space to fit my church pew and auditorium chairs, both vintage and purchased from old-school NYC flea markets.

Another tribute to my love of Astoria is the ring I picked up from Lockwood Shop.

Best apartment advice? Play with color and constantly purge items you don’t use. Space is always limited in NYC apartments so it’s important to be organized and smart in the way you furnish your space.

Keeping with the vintage theme of the tiles, I decided to keep the bathroom simple with a black and white shower curtain and the give it a pop of color with my towels.

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