Apartment tour: 1BR railroad in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

This vintage-store owner's home is a little bit country, a little bit Victorian and a little bit of everything else.

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  • Tiffany Porter in her Greenpoint apartment

  • Porter initially had her vintage chair on the floor and the coatrack above, but...

  • "Hank is my absolute favorite thing that I own," says Porter. "I get really...

  • Porter converted the front room into a work space because it was too loud to...

  • Most of these posters are from Porter's high-school and college days. "I'm too...

  • Porter, a lifelong Michael Jackson fan, prominently displays this 1971 issue of...

  • Porter found these pink velvet couches on the street. "But," she notes, "I...

  • A friend's Jesus art (and the movie The Royal Tenenbaums) inspired Porter to...

  • The spiritual icons in Porter's bedroom, including a collection of African...

  • The vintage lamp in Porter's workspace is actually two finds: The base is...

  • Porter calls her kitchen theme "a country/Southwestern thing," which she based...

  • Porter turned an unnecessary closet---"it didn't even have a door!"---into a small...

  • The row of shoes hanging along her ceiling isn't art---it's storage. Says Porter,...

  • "I came across them a lot," says Porter of her hooter collection, which...

  • Porter's cat, Sammy, keeps watch over her personal jewelry stash. "This is my...

Tiffany Porter in her Greenpoint apartment

You could make the argument that former Catbird buyer Tiffany Porter, who now owns vintage clothing and jewelry store Old Hollywood (110 Meserole Ave between Leonard St and Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn; 718-389-0837), is something of a hoarder. Every inch of her apartment is packed with goodies: a guitar she found in an alley, mounted antlers, vintage cameras...and that's exactly how she likes it. "I collect so many styles of things that I need multiple rooms," she laughs. "Every room is different, but they still flow." The 26-year-old Kentucky native began collecting thrift-store items ten years ago, when she was still in high school. She opened Old Hollywood in September 2008, and moved into her current, colorful space right above the shop in May. "I completely redid everything: took the doors down, painted, wallpapered," she says. "I'm gonna stay here for a long time!"

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Junk (197 North 9th St at Driggs Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-640-6299, myspace.com/brooklynjunk)
"They have a great assortment of fixtures, typewriters, luggage and old instruments," says Porter, who bought her kitchen shutters, the chair on her living room wall and stamp drawer here. "Some people say it's overpriced, but if you're patient and willing to get dirty, you'll always find a treasure."

Kill Devil Hill (170 Franklin St between Java and Kent Sts, Greenpoint, Brooklyn; 347-534-3088, killdevilhillbrooklyn.blogspot.com)
Porter frequents this shop for its picture frames, antique tins and antlers. "The stock is always changing, so you never know what you're gonna find," she says. "I got my Hank Williams portrait here for a lovely $150!"

The Brooklyn Flea (176 Lafayette Ave between Clermont and Vanderbilt Aves, Fort Greene, Brooklyn * 22 Water St under the Brooklyn Bridge, Dumbo, Brooklyn * brownstoner.com/brooklynflea)
These are her preferred places to furniture hunt—for herself or friends. The shearling rug in her den was sourced here. Shop the Flea in two locations: every Saturday in Fort Green (10am--5pm, through Nov 21) and every Sunday in Dumbo (11am--6pm, through Nov 22).

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