Name: Bryan & Sarah Farevaag
Location: Brooklyn, New York (Prospect Park South)
Size: 900 square feet
Years lived in: 3.5; rented
Bryan and Sarah Farevaag are creative powerhouses who live and breathe good design; Bryan is Deputy Art Director of Digital at O Magazine, and Sarah is an Interior Designer. Newly married, these Canadian transplants designed & silk-screened their invitations from their home design studio and showcased their wedding photos in a beautiful arrangement of white frames - which make excellent use of the narrow hallway between the bedroom and bathroom.
Every inch of this impeccably designed one-bedroom apartment is cohesive and thoughtfully placed. The oversized moon poster is a knockout statement piece, and the gray color palette never feels cold, especially with a sun-drenched living room, kitchen and bedroom. Two friendly dogs Sulle & Bella - whom they lovingly refer to as their "Monsters" - excitedly greet you at the door, and big warm smiles from the creative home dwellers greet you as well. The overall décor is minimalistic and modern, and the gorgeous galley kitchen stands out in black and white - home to many dinner parties, espressos, and a playful dartboard with scoreboard. Though Sulle & Bella are well-trained and enjoy hanging out in the bathtub, when they need to be kept out of the kitchen the couple have built a sliding door that blends in behind the dining table to partition the room off.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Mid Century Modern.
Inspiration: Our inspiration draws heavily from time spent in NYC, Norway and our childhoods in western Canada. Childhood dreams (the Moon) and restrictions (Black Walls) are continually shaping our living space. We are constantly inspired by the by the unique spaces that we stumble upon and love trying to integrate key features into our home.
Favorite Element: The Antlers and the Moon.
Biggest Challenge: Fitting a design studio into our one bedroom apartment and making it work within our aesthetic.
What Friends Say: A great place to have dinner. We love hosting friends and the holidays are often celebrated around the desk that we convert into a twelve-person dining table. The nights are filled with a lot of Polaroid’s and wonderful memories over food and wine.
Biggest Embarrassment: (Sarah): My windows have needed their exteriors cleaned for 5 years now! (Bryan): I often wonder if people think were drunk when we painted the light grey walls
Proudest DIY: It would be a tie between either our upholstered bed or the set of barn doors. Bed: we hated how you could see under the footboard and how our pillows would fall behind our headboard. So we upholstered panels with felt and created our own head and footboards. Barn Doors: When cooking the kitchen would over heat quickly and the Living Room was impossible to cool during the summer. While Bryan’s Dad was visiting, one summer from Canada, we built and installed barn doors that help us control the apartments temperature seasonally.
Biggest Indulgence: We have not really indulgenced on one crazy item. There is a long list of dreams, but with being in a rental we have tried to make the apartment work with pieces that can easily be moved to the next. Of course if and when we own a permanent home our first purchases will be a custom in record stand and sofa.
Best Advice:Search for key pieces on Craigslist or Ebay especially in NYC. It is crazy how many pieces need to be sold for a great bargain because they will not fit in the next stairwell or apartment…
Dream Sources: 1st Dibs, Horne, Ochre, Matter Matters, and Modern Anthology.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
All Gray Walls: Benjamin Moore, Coventry Gray, #HC-169 (with 50% white)
All Dark Gray/Almost Black Walls: Benjamin Moore, Black Panther, #2125-10
All Millwork and Ceiling: Benjamin Moore, Super White
- Ladder: Room and Board, Gallery Shelf in Natural Steel
- Metal Bins: Vintage, Vintage
- Boots: Hunter
- Plant Stand: Ikea
AV Stand: Room and Board, Grove Media Unit
Sofa: Room and Board, Townsend
Upholstered Chair: Vintage, Kroehler
Walnut Chair: Herman Miller, Eames, Molded Plywood Walnut Dinner Chair
Rug: West Elm, Souk Rug
Lamp on End Table Next to Sofa: Robert Sonneman, Tik Lamp
Floor Lamp: CB2, discontinued model
End Table Next to Sofa: Room and Board, Portica Table, Cut down by us
Coffee Table: Room and Board, Discontinued Table
Glass Case: Modern Anthology
Plant Stand: Ikea
Candlesticks: Sit-Read, Vintage
Antlers: Modern Anthology
Flat File: Vintage
Desk: Room and Board, Corbett Table in Walnut
Two (2) Desk Chairs: Herman Miller, Vintage Aluminum Eames Chairs
Moon Print: Vintage
Coffee Table: Room and Board, Discontinued Table
Desk Lamps: Canal Lighting, Custom painted (by us)
Bookcases: Room and Board, Discontinued
Desk: Room and Board, Basis Desk in Walnut, with Room and Board, Sequel Filing Cabinet in Walnut
Desk Chair: Herman Miller, Fiberglass Shell Chair, vintage with new walnut bases
Desk Lamp: Tolomeo Micro Lamp
Table: Room and Board, Portica Table with White Quartz
Dining Chairs: Herman Miller, Fiberglass Shell Chair, vintage with new walnut bases
Original Hand Drawn Sanborn Brooklyn Map: Vintage, Brooklyn Flea Market
Wine Rack: Vintage with Ikea Numerar countertop
Ampersand: House Industries, limited edition
Dart Board: Old Time Games
Bed: Room and Board, Piper Bed, with custom upholstered Filz Felt panels by us
Nightstand: Room and Board, Grove Nightstands
Bedside Lamps: Tolomeo Micro Lamp
Lamp on High Dresser: Caravan Pacific, Alberta Lamp
Shell Chair: Herman Miller, Fiberglass Shell Chair, vintage with new walnut bases
Lamp on Low Dresser: ZGallerie, discontinued
Armchair and Ottoman: Crate and Barrel, model discontinued
Mirror: Ikea, Hovet mirror
Red Blanket: Hudson Bay Company
Cabinet: Ikea, Billy Bookcase
Brooklyn Map: Vintage, Brooklyn Flea Market
Thanks, Bryan & Sarah!
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