AUGUST 2016 I BOROMAG.COM I 53 was completely broken, but I brought it home and began fixing it up. That was a very long and involved project, but so worth it.” The revamped chandelier, which is painted fire engine red and adorned with strands of crystal beads, certainly adds glamour to this Queens kitchen. Some finds, luckily, didn’t require so much TLC. “The picnic set is vintage,” she said of a cute green suitcase housing dishes, cutlery, and containers to pack a lunch. “I picked up in London.” Harrell is quite a dab hand in the kitchen, as it turns out. She works at Big Alice Brewing in Long Island City, and she recently started to make her own beer at home. “It’s my dream to one day open a space that combines a brewery with a performance venue,” she told me. “A place where you can sip a micro brew while listening to bands play or watching a theater show. Maybe we’ll even have yoga in the space in the mornings.” What I most enjoyed about Harrell’s place was the wonderful way she mixed patterns and colors so effortlessly. Her bed is a shining example of this. The pillowcases are sourced from every corner of the globe and, though they do not necessarily match, they blend symbi- Are you an Astoria, Long Island City or Sunnyside resident who has put together a cool, unique or beautiful apartment? Do you have a friend in the area with an awesome living space or some great DIY décor? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and you might see a familiar apartment in a future issue! Harrell is working on a one-woman show on Fanny Brice, and this sheet music displayed in her living space acts as inspiration. The mixture of patterns in Harrell’s bedroom creates a bohemian feel. A chandelier Harrell found on the curb became a kitchen centerpiece with a lot of hard work. Harrell transformed a street find into a one-of-a-kind floor lamp. Harrell’s landlord rescued this abandoned piano, and she tuned it up.
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