Name: Brett L. Leemkuil
Location: Sunnyside, NY
Size: 530 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years, renting
"One would assume, by all appearances, that I'm a maximalist," writes interior designer Brett Leemkuil. His 500-square-foot Queens rental apartment features a floor-to-ceiling red living room, a curtained-off leopard-print bed closet, and hand-painted emerald green malachite wall finishes in the entryway... among much more. Maximalist seems like a very accurate descriptor. "But, truth be told, I'm a traditionalist at heart," he continues. "I happen to love color and a sense of theatricality in my environments. Is it such a crime to be surrounded by beauty and comfortable chic things?"