When I was writing Lullaby - and when I talk about that, I mean in 2012 & 2013, when I revisited the novel after shelving it for nearly a decade - I found Pinterest incredibly helpful as a storyboarding and mood board tool. I had a great time looking for visual representations of the ideas floating around in my head, not the least of which was Ethan's apartment. I had a pretty specific image in mind, but I needed visual aids to help me flesh out the details.
I always wanted his apartment to be an open, loft-style space at the top of a somewhat industrial building in Brooklyn, the most important features being exposed brick walls and a skylight directly over his bed. From the book:
It was basically just one big room, mostly exposed brick. There was a small kitchen at one end with a bathroom off to the side. My living room consisted of a second hand leather couch and wooden chair with an old chest in between them serving as a table, my bike leaning against the brick wall. A half-opened curtain separated my bedroom from the rest of the apartment. My bed lay directly on the floor, the mattress pushed up against a low, wide bookshelf that doubled as a makeshift headboard. Kate’s place was way nicer than mine, more put together and mature. But I did have a skylight over my bed, and at that moment the falling snow was visible in the glowing light from the street.
I was really excited when I found this image, which is incredibly close to what I'd pictured when I was imagining his sleeping space.