Name: Alarick and Kristine, designed by Alarick's sister, Arden Myrin
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Years lived in: 2
Our tours generally fall into one of two camps, both of which are enlightening for those of us who love interiors. Some feature photos that really portray a lifestyle, a glimpse at how a person or family uses their space, while others lean more toward the tasty treat of pure eye candy. This quick look inside a "glass box gone cozy" in Brooklyn is firmly in the latter, it's straight up all about the exuberance of pattern, color and following your (design) heart.
Arden is a multi-talented woman, an actor, comedian and, as you can see, designer. The project was a long distance makeover of this apartment for her brother Alarick and his wife, Kristine. In just about a month, from the West Coast, she managed to pull together this engaging, upbeat space. The direction from her not-really-into-minimal-and-modern "clients" that guided her? A request for a home that was all about three words: Bright, Happy, and Family. I think you'll agree that the design brief was successfully met.
The apartment has taken a huge leap - before Arden worked her magic, it was a simple, new construction blank box. And, while this tours photos are all about the furniture and pattern and color, now that the whirlwind makeover has added personality and style, we're sure that the layering of real life will take this space to the next level - this is truly a home for creating happy memories!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Brother's Style: Alarik and his wife Kristine wanted "Bright, Happy, Family"
Inspiration: I wanted it to feel like they had moved into the most fun spread Domino Magazine ever did, and for them to feel relaxed and comfortable at home.
Favorite Element: The wallpaper and the original art
Biggest Challenge: Making a glass box cozy. Kristine doesn't love modern, so working with the fact that it is a very modern glass box, with very high ceilings, but making it bright, cozy and warm. My style is also not very modern, so learning what I could love about a more modern look.
What Friends Say: My brother's friends love coming over - they love the bright colors and the wall paper. It makes it very comfortable for everyone.
Biggest Embarrassment: We bought a big black headboard that did not work out as well as we thought it would. It looked a little like a dungeon.
Proudest DIY: he fact that I had one month to design and execute everything, I was 3,000 miles away and Alarik and I did it all over the phone. The most fun part was that my brother and I designed a lot of it together. We had a blast picking out the art and the wallpaper, and Alarik was really brave and trusted me on some elements that had a bit of swagger. Also, Kristine was so trusting and let us decorate sight unseen. Alarik wanted to do a big "reveal" for her when we were done. She was so cool, and loved it!!
Biggest Indulgence: All of the fabulous wallpaper from Walnut Wallpaper
Best Advice: Don't be afraid to take chances and have a sense of humor with design. To not be afraid of patterns and bold pops of color. We used neutral couches to help balance the art and the wallpaper. Original art does not have to be a fortune! There is a lot of great stuff on Etsy. When you have high ceilings, own it. Use large pieces of art at dramatic lighting fixtures to pull the eye upwards.
Dream Sources: Jonathan Adler, ABC Carpet , Most of the Artwork is from Tinlark www.tinlark.com
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
• Benjamin Moore : Spectra Blue (Living Room)
• Benjamin Moore : Simply Irresistible (an off-white that we use throughout)
• Table- street in Chinatown
• Mirror Pier One
• Umbrella stand Jonathan Adler
• Embroidered Artwork by Maggie Hiltner
• Chairs, side table and lamps by Jonathan Adler
• Couch by William Sonoma Home
• Coffee table from Wisteria
• Art- The Animals set from Catherine Ledner (Tinlark)
• Succulent Wallpaper from Walnut Wallpaper
• Acacia Wood table from Room Service in LA
• Danish Modern chairs from 1st Dibs
• Pendant Lamp CB2
• "Pushpop" painting Maria Britton (Tinlark)
• Bedding by John Robshaw
• Paintings by my Grandpa Harold Olsen
• Dressing Table- Ikea
• Loveseat- Macy's (Chloe Velvet Metro Living Love Seat)
• Lamps and throw pillows for the loveseat from Home Goods
• Pavilion Birds Wallpaper by Walnut Wallpaper
• Blackbird Snow wallpaper by Walnut Wallpaper
• Danish modern table and chair from my Grandpa's 1950's office
• Couch by William Sonoma Home
• Cabin Drawings by Sam Watters
• Desks from Ikea
• Danish Modern Chest- Horseman Antiques Brooklyn
Thanks, Arden, Alarik and Kristine!
(Images: Arden Myrin)
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