What better time to fall in love with your own abode?

By Amy Sedaris, as told to Jennifer Ferrise
Jun 23, 2020 @ 9:00 am
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Todd Oldham

When I was little, I loved watching I Dream of Jeannie. My favorite part was when she would go inside her bottle because it was her own little world — whatever was happening on the outside had nothing to do with what was going on inside. So when I moved into my Greenwich Village apartment in 2008, that was exactly the vibe I was going for. It has become my favorite place in the world, hands down.

I’m surrounded by everything that makes me happy. And everything has a story behind it. It’s a one-bedroom apartment, so it’s not very big, but it gets great light in the afternoon and always smells like fresh flowers. I share it with my rabbit, Tina, so I also think of my house as a hutch because he’s free-roaming and likes to chew up the nice sheets and bedspreads I buy.

I’m not a decorator, but I know what I like, and I find the right people to help me bring it to life. There are so many things I love in my place — my printed wallpaper, my John Derian couch with patches all over it, the artwork by my family and friends. I grew up in a house where if you liked something, you threw it on the wall and stared at it forever. I even have some special things from my childhood in here, like a mouse pin with googly eyes that my Brownie leader gave me in second grade.

Whenever friends come over for the first time, they say, “Amy, you have a lot of stuff!” But I just like to say it’s eclectic. I probably spend the most time in my craft room, which I call the baby’s room so nobody will go in there. Lately I’ve been making little covers for lighters with cute gingham paper, but during the quarantine it has been a little hard to focus on crafts. Mostly I’ve just been thinking about how lucky I am to have a home that makes me feel so safe and cozy.

The third season of Sedaris’s Emmy-nominated series, At Home with Amy Sedaris, is airing now on TruTV.

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