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Aug 07, 2020

ASTORIA INTERIORS: CLASSY CHIC ON 12TH STREET

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 a chic (…)

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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 a chic 1-bedroom on Astoria Blvd, where an NYC culture reporter has created a femme flat that we’re seriously feeling. From the Chanel-inspired accents to her DIY shoe shelf, we’re loving Dorissa’s all glam, no fuss approach to design.

With all of us spending more time at home, we’d love for you to submit your home for Astoria Interiors. Please fill out this questionnaire, including at least six well-lit photos and corresponding captions. All types of homes are welcome and encouraged. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis.

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Name: Dorissa White

Social handle: @DorissaTV

Location:  Astoria Blvd x 12th street

Years lived in: 3

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

Tell us a bit about you and your Astoria apartment: 

I’m an Art, Culture and Entertainment reporter for various stations in NYC. I love living alone, one thing that made me fall in love with this space is the small size of it. My apartment is the epitome of a bachelorette pad and I LOVE IT. 

Describe your design aesthetic in 5 words or less:

Classy-chic on a budget!

What’s your favorite room and why? 

My favorite room is my living room. I love the soft neutral colors because it makes the room feel like a safe space after long and frustrating days. My living room also describes my personality -very girly, and it makes me feel feminine and beautiful. 

I’ve always thought the brand Chanel was the epitome of class, so I wanted to put it everywhere in my apartment.

Most prized piece? 

My favorite item in my house is a neon sign that I designed online that reads “She designed a life she loves”. It serves as a reminder of how I moved to NYC…I was homeless and jobless and within four years I have “designed” a life that I love. It makes me remember to keep going no matter what.

My favorite sign, which reminds me that everything in life is attainable.

What part of your home are you most proud of?

I am the most proud of my kitchen table, I bought if for less than 100.00 but I painted it black and put granite sticker on it. Many people assume it’s expensive haha…Bougie on a budget!

My DIY project that took 8 hours to paint.

Favorite local element? 

I have no Astoria finds in my home except my pillows from TJ Max. However, I’m always up for small business recommendations!

I made these candles by myself, I will be selling them soon if anyone’s interested.

Best apartment advice? 

The most important advice I can give to fellow Astorians  (and potential Astorians) is don’t judge a book by it’s cover! Many old buildings in Astoria have beautiful newly renovated apartments inside. Some of the most beautiful and affordable apartments are in older buildings in Astoria.

I don’t have much storage space for my shoes so I created a shoe shelf out of a bookshelf. I accidentally built it backwards but oh well, it does the job!

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