If there’s one thing that New Yorkers like to complain about more than anything, it’s the size of their apartments. Ask anybody living within the city’s five boroughs and they will likely divulge their apartment’s square footage and rent cost with the gravity and bravado of a veteran recounting tales of war. It is for this reason (among others) that Michael and Darroch Putnam, the duo behind the eponymously named floral company Putnam & Putnam, are such outliers. While many of their peers might begrudge their urban confinement, the Putnams seem to relish it.
Having moved a few years ago from the up-and-coming Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn to Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the couple traded in larger digs for centrality—and a dollhouse-sized apartment on a bustling commercial block. The decision to vacate Brooklyn’s relatively green pastures for the commotion and tight quarters of Manhattan appears to have had an energizing effect on the Putnams. They speak enthusiastically of feeling reconnected to the city and cite the ability to walk everywhere as more than enough reason to deal with their small accommodations. Not that they are complaining about this, either. When the two originally moved into the space, the tiny apartment was able to double as a walk-in refrigerator when creating arrangements for large events. They now have a studio in Bushwick, but the story of space’s previous double-use is conveyed with such pride and fondness that it’s hard to believe they actually minded it.
As it stands today, Michael and Darroch have been able to fit quite a bit of their lives into their humble abode. Their living room shares space with a surprisingly well-outfitted kitchenette, wall-mounted shelves, and their TV. Their dog Samantha is typically curled up on the sofa, a west elm design that is able to double as a twin bed when guests stay the night. The bedroom is the only space that has windows, but more than enough natural light permeates the space (their potted plants seem to be doing quite nicely!). The space may be small, but it seems more than enough. Beautiful, comfy, and smack-dab in the middle of New York City—what more could one ask for?