Name: Darla Minnis & Andrew Childs
Location: Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Size: 500 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years; rented
Darla & Andrew are both creatives pursuing their dreams; he’s a web designer and she’s a freelance accessory designer. When they first saw this apartment they knew right away they had to have it. In Brooklyn, outdoor space is highly coveted, and this one has an outdoor deck to boot. Since Darla works from home, she took on the tiny room over the stairs and made it her creative play area; this is where she works, sews, designs, and runs her blog whatido.com. It also serves as a walk-in closet, which displays her clothes and accessories like her own little chic boutique.
The rest of the four-room railroad is decorated with two very consistent threads; mid-century modern vintage style and doll collections, mostly of the Pee-Wee Herman variety. This playful touch is just the right balance; enough toys to catch your eye, but with everything neatly organized and in its place. The couple has a lot of fun with their décor, though they have a “no more stuffed things with eyeballs” rule coming into the house.
Andrew is a graduate of RISD and the walls are adorned with either his own paintings or pieces from art friends. Darla’s hilarious Muppet Whatnot™ is a huge hit; she’s made DIY legs for it and she'll even show you how. But the dress-up fun doesn't stop with muppets or Mr. T-making kits; rather than have their portrait taken, the couple preferred to use two replicas of themselves made out of clothespins from designer Sarah Neuburger of The Small Object. Not being the biggest fans of photos of themselves, they came up with a creative solution that has followed them all over the world.
This kitschy couple is getting hitched next month. Best wishes to you guys! For more of Darla’s DIY style, check out her blog whatido.com
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Crafty Danish Modern
Inspiration: Mary Tyler Moore + Mike Brady + Pee-Wee Herman
Favorite Element: My Mom’s pecan wood bedroom set
Biggest Challenge: Not having free reign to renovate
What Friends Say: "I want this closet"
Biggest Embarrassment: Sooo many toys
Proudest DIY: Footlocker ﬁle cabinet
Biggest Indulgence: Elfa shelving
Best Advice: Stay organized! There’s a ﬁne line between ‘collecting’ &
Dream Sources: Brimﬁeld ﬂea, Resource Furniture
Resources of Note:
- Bantam sofa: Design Within Reach
- Pillows DIY on whatido.com
- Blanket: Tulum, Mexico
- Muppet Whatnot™: FAO Schwartz
- Teal table & chairs: vintage
- Pecan wood hutch: vintage Broyhill
- Game shelving: Crate& Barrel
- Bookshelves: Ikea Stockholm
- Desk: Fat Dog Fabrication
- Polyhedrons: Father Magnus Wenninger
- Valentine box: DIY whatido.com
- Bed, dresser: Vintage Broyhill
- Footlocker DIY on whatido.com
- Cabinets: Ikea
- Elfa shelving: Container Store
- Quilt: DIY on whatido.com
- Elfa shelving: Container Store
- Dresser: Vintage Broyhill
- Desk: Ikea
- Jewelry dresser: Ikea
- Camera pouch: whatido.com
Thanks, Darla & Andrew!
(Images: Andrea Sparacio)
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