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Name: Ruthie Friedlander
Location: Upper East Side, NYC
Occupation: Founder, At Large Agency & The Chain
Type of home: 2 Bedroom
Time in your space: 4+ years
Cohabitants: Dream husband and cartoon-like cat.
Side table: The side of my bed.
Where you cook: I cook up great orders on Caviar and/or Seamless...
Where you dream: My husband acquired this bed before we were together. It literally was a "gift with purchase" when he bought his apartment. I love it because it's so close to the floor, has under-the-bed storage, and has these sides that jut out, allowing me to stack books and other things.
Your home away from home: Pre-Covid, my home-away-from home was Montego Bay, Jamaica--specifically, Round Hill. Whenever I feel anxious I close my eyes and pretend I'm there.
Your biggest splurge: I was completely obsessed with the now-closed home decor store The Line. I wanted every single thing in there and could afford none of it. But when my husband and I moved into our apartment, we splurged on this entirely unnecessary wall unit. It was stupid expensive, but is one of my favorite things in my home.
Homemaker Idol: Nancy Meyers, duh.
Things that make you happy: Iced coffee (NOT COLD BREW), hot coffee, my niece Helaina, '90s rock anthems, and my cat, Gracie.
A tip: Put things away. I feel like like there's this trend of leaving all your stuff out in the open. It's great to pare it back, and have only the most meaningful objects displayed.