Though she grew up in Vermont, Cerise Zelentez’s family has always had NYC ties, and, nowadays, the artist lives in what was formerly her grandparents’ downtown apartment. Take a peek at her very mid-century home—as she draws it—and hear her take on how it affects her creative style. (Also: If you didn’t meet Cerise in our first installment of this series, remedy that here!)
Cerise: I live in the Lower East Side, in my grandparents’ old apartment. It’s been in the family since the 1950s.
Claire Mazur, Of a Kind co-founder: Does it look the same now as you remember it when you were a kid?
Cerise: Yeah, my grandmother decorated it. There’s a pull-out bar and a piano that’s out of tune. This is the kitchen. She put in these vinyl green chairs with matching kelly green wallpaper. That’s been a big influence on my work.
Claire: Why haven’t you redecorated it?
Cerise: I love it. It’s changed a little, but the basic layout is the same—and I think it’s great. It’s unlike any other apartment I’ve been in in New York.
Erica Cerulo, Of a Kind co-founder: You mention loving kelly green, but are there any other colors that you hate? That you never use?
Cerise: I don’t think I hate any colors. There are some combinations of colors I really don’t like. Red and black seem very menacing, so I don’t do that very much.