House Tour: Karmella's Bohemian Pied-à-terre

House Tour: Karmella's Bohemian Pied-à-terre

Keehnan Konyha
Sep 23, 2008

Name: Karmella Fiebke
Location: Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
Size: 750 sq.ft.
Years lived in: 3

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Karmella is a friend of ours from the Old Country (Seattle). In her quiet and charming three-bedroom in Clinton Hill, she's managed to impart a little bit of that feeling our old home: peaceful, relaxed and completely itself...

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Karmella works, in addition to her position as a buyer at Beacon's Closet, sourcing period costumes for private clients — a trade reflected in her choice of decor. Found objects, Deco prints and dresses from the 20s and 30s are used as accents, while old paperbacks and broken statuettes are layered and stacked around them. The feeling one gets inside this apartment is that of being completely removed from the usual chaos of Brooklyn outside and is a welcome respite.

A few interesting touches: The working jukebox in the living room (left by a previous tenant), the overlong Lucite dining table, and her use of metallic gold paint in one of the bedrooms. We love the way she's used old step-ladders as bedside tables, able to hold plants, books and lamps.

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AT Survey:

Name: Karmella Fiebke

Location: (neighborhood? city?) Clinton Washington

Size: 3 bedrooms

Years lived in: 3 years

Rented or Owned: Rented

Who else lives here? Two others. And Fatty the cat

How would you define your style? Lord Byron and Anais Nin's love child

What is your greatest inspiration? Aubrey Beardsley

What is your favorite element of your home? The transparent kitchen table

What is the biggest challenge of your home? Ghosts

What do friends say about your home? Comments vary: it's been called a tree house, a castle or vampire's den.

What is your home's biggest embarrassment? The hallway.

What DIY project are you most proud of? Once made a greenhouse out of a shaftway window

What is your Biggest Indulgence, when furnishing your home? The mirrors... they break constantly and I always want fancy new ones.

Best Advice: PAINT!

Dream Source: The Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Other Inspiration: Fatty, my cat.

Resources: Dollar stores, thrift stores, Beacons Closet.

Furniture: Hand-me-downs, retrieved from the streets (before major outbreak of bed bugs), things broken then fixed.

Accessories: plants, pillows, books, throws, scarves, gowns

Artwork: Ryan Ketchum

Paint: Lots of it, as dramatic as possible

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