Hakarl and Jili
Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 550 square feet
same home but with a revamped bedroom
Hakarl and Jili have been busy transforming their bedroom since we photographed the apartment for our latest book--Apartment Therapy Presents: Real Homes, Real People, Hundreds of Design Solutions
Hakarl's desire for an organic creative process means that he is necessarily extremely patient. Pieces for his and Jili's home are sourced anywhere from the street to DWR, while the adaptations/installations that Hakarl thinks up often take a while to implement.
So enduring a learning process, and being in search of the unknown are not barriers for Hakarl, but rather welcome challenges. His latest update includes a subtle framing of the bedroom wall and bedroom windows via the ever useful tool known as painter's tape. In fact, in order to ensure a straight edge, Hakarl decided to make the white lines out of tape that remain part of the permanent design.
And, rather than a simple bedside lamp, Hakarl took it up a notch, literally, and hung a beautiful glass pendant (from Home Depot of all places!), from the ceiling. The original lamp had a green bulb inside which Hakarl easily replaced.
You'll recognize these framed posters from Hakarl and Jili's Small Cool 2006 contest entry
of their previous apartment. Their layered arrangement on an Ikea cabinet, with a mixed but same colored set of pottery, lends an exquisite, clean-lined, and calming vignette.
Here Hakarl moved the mirror panels formerly used as a headboard
to become a 'backsplash' for the office and another opportunity to create the illusion of expanded space. The new headboard is another labor of love. Hakarl found some beautiful fabric and brown ribbon and layered it over batting and some plywood.
LINKS to Hakarl and Jili's home:
• Inside Out: Hakarl and Jili Make A New Home
• Close-Up: It's a Bird! It's a Plane! No, its a tree in the living room!
LINKS to Hakarl and Jili's old home:
• Finalist #8: Hakarl and Jili's Bold Bright Moves
• Look! Masking Tape Stripes at H & J's
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Entry way is painted its own color and thus feels like its own room. Hakarl thinks, because of the black door that it looks like the entryway or facade of a new destination. So, when you leave, you feel like you are arriving somewhere else.