Talking with Natasha David and Jeremy Oertel about Bed-Stuy, Roof Gardens, and Home Ownership

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Bartending duo Natasha David (a partner at Nitecap on the Lower East Side) and Jeremy Oertel (beverage director at Donna in Williamsburg), spruced up their Bed-Stuy apartment with custom bookshelves, palm-frond wallpaper, and plenty of knickknacks. After welcoming us in and letting us pet their adorable cat Toby, Natasha took the time to complete our Proust-inspired questionnaire.
How long have you lived at your current residence?
We’ve been here just over 2 years.
What do you love most about your home?
The light! So many windows—it’s the first thing that drew me to the apartment when I saw the listing.
If you could change one thing about your home, what would it be?
A lot of our life revolves around the kitchen. I wish it was bigger.
What’s the first thing other people notice when they visit?
I think there is a certain level of comfort that you feel when you enter our house. Or at least, I hope there is!
How would you define your design philosophy?
I don’t know if we have a design philosophy to be completely honest. It’s definitely a mix of old and modern. Pretty but still comfortable and functional.
What is your most treasured possession?
All the dishes and knickknacks that I inherited from my mother’s mother. Beautiful plates and scrolls that have been in our family for years and years. I have so many memories attached to them.
What is your favorite thing to do in your home?
A lazy day in, cooking, cuddling with our cat, gardening on the roof.
What’s your favorite spot in the house?
Our bedroom is pretty fantastic. Once it’s warm out, we live in our roof garden.
What makes a house a home?
You know you have a home rather than a house when you can’t wait to get back to it after being out all day.
What do you love most about your neighborhood?
Its feels like a real neighborhood. Does that make sense? I wave “hi” to my neighbors on the street, the bar down the street knows what I like to drink, the coffee shop is friendly.
If you could change one thing about your neighborhood, what would it be?
I wish we had a giant park!
What’s your happiest memory in your home?
Well there is nothing like turning the key for the first time once you officially become a first-time homeowner! We came right after we signed all the paperwork, brought a bottle of champagne, sat on the floor in our empty house, and planned for the future.
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