Apartment tour: 1BR loft in the East Village

The Smile chef Melia Marden and filmmaker and DJ Frank Sisti Jr. live in a pop-culture playground.

  • Melia Marden is the chef at the very hip eatery/concept shop the Smile (26 Bond...

  • These vibrant kitchen tiles were purchased at Country Floors (15 E 16th St...

  • A vintage school lunch table---complete with student graffiti---sits at the center...

  • Marden and Sisti are constantly rearranging their apartment---it's always a...

  • Many characters in the Kid America Club were inspired by Sisti and Marden's...

  • The living room's bubble-gum-pink leather chair came from Paula Rubenstein (65...

  • The flashing neon sign shaped like a TV was "the perfect gift" for these "'80s...

  • The couple is slowly amassing a collection of vintage kitchen tchotchkes

  • The kitchen is located on the second floor of the spacious two-story loft

  • The Bruce Nauman AH/HA print was a wedding gift, given to the couple by a...

  • These silk, embroidered and patterned blankets are from Marden's mother;...

  • The main dining room table is surrounded by authentic 1930s deck chairs from...

  • This "tower of animals" is arranged on an old wooden drug-store window display

  • Marden's penchant for vintage pieces perfectly offsets Sisti's love of bright...

  • The couple picked up this miniature orange couch while antiquing in Hudson; it...

  • Sisti's colorful glasses do double duty as decor

  • A collection of vintage badges---some glow in the dark---are displayed on an aged...

  • This hand-carved Mickey Mouse chair was a gift from Marden's parents

  • The polka dot dinosaur sits atop an antique trunk loaded with blankets gifted...

  • This Dal-inspired telephone was a gift from a friend and a prop from a...

  • All of these vintage TVs are functional

  • The couple loves quirky old window displays, like this 1960s papier-mch...

Melia Marden is the chef at the very hip eatery/concept shop the Smile (26 Bond...

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P.S. Bookshop (145-A Front St between Dock and Old Fulton Sts, Dumbo, Brooklyn; 718-222-3340, psbnyc.com)
This is the couple's go-to spot for art, photography, fiction, cooking and comic books.

Surprise! Surprise! (91 Third Ave at 12th St; 212-777-0990, surprisesurprise.com)
The couple found their neon-pink candles at this East Village home emporium, and swear they would be at a total decorating loss if the shop ever closes.

Hudson Supermarket (310 Warren St, Hudson, NY; 518-822-0028, hudsonsupermarket.com)
Sisti and Marden enjoy road-tripping through the Hudson River Valley, and often stop to "bop around" at this 7,000-square-foot antique market. New Yorkers without cars can browse the inventory online.

Alphaville (alphaville.com)
This onetime East Village boutique maintains an online shop, offering a cool mix of classic toys and posters from the 1940s through the '70s.

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