Decorating an Apartment, Sight Unseen

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Jackie Terrell and her dog, Pip, moved to New York City from Los Angeles at the height of the pandemic. She rented a one-bedroom apartment in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, the 80-acre parklike complex built in the 1940s, and painted the place with her go-to color, Simply White from Benjamin Moore. Having lived in a series of midcentury apartments in Los Angeles, including three apartments in Park La Brea (which was built by the same developer as Stuy Town), she knew that white paint would open a space up and make a conventional apartment feel like a loft. For the living room, she bought two Soderhamn sectional lounges from Ikea and placed them end to end, creating a 10-foot sofa that doubles as a bed when her grandchildren spend the night. On the wall above her is a small Suzani.

Andy Ryan for The New York Times

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