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Apr 24, 2020

Astoria Interiors: Beachy and Boho on Astoria Blvd

BY ANNA DORÉ 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 head (…)

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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 head inside an airy 1-bedroom on 23rd St., where two creatives have built their own beachy bungalow right here in Astoria.  A plant-lovers paradise (and quarantine dream), we could really use Brittney and Bobby’s green thumb in our own digs these days.

With all of us spending more time at home (please stay home!) we’d love for you to submit your pad for Astoria Interiors. Please send a selection of six well-lit photos (including captions!) and a series of responses to these questions. All types of homes are welcome and encouraged. Send your submission to with “Astoria Interiors” in the subject line. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis.


Name: Brittney & Bobby Krauss

Social handle: @b.rittne.y & @bobbykrauss

Location:  Astoria Blvd x 23rd St

Years lived in: 2.5

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

Tell us a bit about you and your Astoria apartment: 

We both work for large retail companies with their headquarters based in Manhattan. I am in Visual Merchandising and my husband Bobby is in Social Media. So we are both very visual people and our apartment reflects the enjoyment we have in that. We love to come home to a light and airy environment to escape the craziness of the city. Although we are quarantined right now, this little piece of relaxation we’ve created has helped! 

We always knew Astoria was the place for us when we planned our move in together. Our best friends live here, it was just a subway ride into the city, and provided us with all the fun spots and social life we enjoy. We had seen a lot of different apartments before this one and it was everything we wanted. It was a brand new building right near the subway, has a rooftop, a gym, is a short walk to the park, middle of 30th and Ditmars and most importantly it was close to our friends. We couldn’t believe how perfect it was. 

Describe your design aesthetic in 5 words or less: 

Modern Boho beach house inspired. 

Our bar cart has been the center of many pops, fizzes, and clinks.

Most prized piece? 

An industrial print of the cliff we got engaged on in Montauk. This is a very special photo for us and it was so beautiful we wanted it to be a focal point of our living room. I took this picture right before I turned around to see my husband on one knee proposing to me.

The site of countless Netflix binges, Bachelor viewing parties, and lazy Sundays.

What’s your favorite room and why? 

The Living Room is definitely our spot. It’s where we can relax after an exhausting day at work, have a nice glass of wine and talk or snuggle up and watch The Office or a fun Netflix show or documentary. It also has our own little cozy corner (papasan chair, prints, & plants) where we love to unwind and listen to music or a podcast. 

What part of your home are you most proud of? The room we are most proud of is probably our kitchen. I love to cook and small kitchens can be challenging, but we’ve mastered the art of organizing the little nook to function as well as a large space.

This kitchen may be small but it is mighty. It has successfully pulled through for many dinner parties and late night snacking after a night out on Ditmars.

Favorite local element? 

Our favorite local element is no question our ‘New York’ print by Knowlita. My husband got it at a conference in LA and is just the perfect piece that ties together our love of both the beach and the city.

We purchased this chair before we settled on an apartment. We loved it so much we swore that we couldn’t commit unless the chair had a place to live too!

Best apartment advice? 

The more plants the merrier!

This corner gets the best light which is why it has the most plants. Sometimes we feel like we’re eating dinner in Jumanji.

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