Inside Out: Elise and Bryan's Comfort Zone with Style

Inside Out: Elise and Bryan's Comfort Zone with Style

Jill Slater
Jul 30, 2007

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Name: Elise and Bryan Location: Sunset Park, Brooklyn Size: 650 sqft one bdrm (made into 2)l Built-ins have transformed the lives of Elise, Byran and their two kids. After living in the apartment for a while and having a couple of children, it became obvious to both Elise and Bryan that the key to longevity was getting organized and sacrificing the dining room.... Do you have an idea for a house tour? Let me know! jill@apartmenttherapy.com
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In so doing, Elise and Bryan have managed to create room to breathe, as well as space for the children to play. Elise contacted me and submitted all the photos as well as backround on the family's home. As a dedicated Inside Out reader, Elise thought it was time to share! We were thrilled to hear from her and enjoy the warmth and comfort evident in the apartment, and the way it is used by the whole family. My Style: —“opposites attract”: juxtaposing opposing design elements to create a personal narrative—muted tones with saturated jolts of color; modern rectilinear lines with pre-war architectural details, natural with man-made materials; pattern with solids, old with new furnishings and light fixtures. Inspiration: countless shelter magazine spreads and interiors books, favorites being World of Interiors magazine and London Interiors (book), apartmenttherapy.com, my friends’ apartments, the progressive, sustainable “downsizing movement.” Favorite Element: pre-war details like glass doorknobs, marble windowsills, heavy solid wood paneled and windowed doors, parquet floors. Biggest Challenge: You may notice that we don’t have a crib in our apartment. We use a bedrail on the bottom bunk to keep our baby girl safe when she naps, and we have been known to store a futon under the bed in the master bedroom, trundle style, and slide it out at night. We’re still working on a permanent sleeping solution that will work for all of us. Biggest Embarrassment: painting the living room eggshell diahrrea brown two paint-jobs ago. What Friends Say:: It’s so much more spacious than it used to be; you’re great with color; Now you’ll never have to move Best advice: For small spaces I recommend using Benjamin Moore’s Historical Color Collection, because they’re muted. With their Classic colors, I find I’m itching to repaint within a week, since the color takes over the space. I can zone out surrounded by a muted palette. Also, if your walls are textured, go with a flat finish. To create the illusion of space, conceal your things behind doors and curtains. Proudest DIY:Elise: designing spaceplanning solutions, especially hiding “media center” in a cabinet in the living room; making the kitchen mosaic for the price of a can of tile cement and grout. Bryan: building the curtained armoire, triangular desk, and nighttables in the bedroom. Biggest Indulgence the living room chair from Room & Board, upholstered in durable microfiber Dream source: ABC Carpet & Home. Resources: Kitchen Paint color: Benjamin Moore “potourri green” Table: craigslist.org Metal submarine chair: Sunset Park Chinatown metal scrap store Orange upholstered vintage office chair: Maine flea market Green paint-chipped chair: vintage boutique in East Village Brown chair: Bryan’s brother’s house Faucet: Lowe’s Mosaic tiles: Hastings Tile and Bath Cabinets, floor, appliances and countertop: Home Depot (installed by previous owners) Living Room Paint color: Benjamin Moore “van alen green” (HC-120) Rug: Pottery Barn Chair: Room & Board Nesting tables: interiorexpress.com Built-in cabinets: Slawomir Zlawadzki Tree pattern pillow shams: Ikea Black/grey oval pattern pillows: Refinery, Brooklyn Chandelier and wall sconce: The Lighting Store, 39th and Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn Glass bookcase: Bryan’s brother Black-framed mirror: Elise’s grandmother Blinds: Home Depot Bedroom Paint color: Benjamin Moore “Beacon Hill Damask” (HC-2) Glass/brass lamp: Maine antique store Marble lamp: Elise’s grandmother Lampshades: lampsusa.com Chandelier shades: Home Depot Chandelier: previous owners left it Bedspread: Urbanoutfitters.com Painting over bed: Laura Ricker Rug: Pottery Barn Desk: custom-built by Bryan with Ikea legs Painting over desk: Kathy Calderwood Cabinet over desk: Ikea Desk chair: Covered Bridge Antiques, Delaware Water Gap, NJ Blinds: Home Depot Bathroom Paint color: Benjamin Moore (HC-48) Shower curtain: urbanoutfitters.com Maxfield Parrish repro: Elise’s father Antique silver and glass vessels: Elise’s grandmother Painted wall shelf: antiques barn, Stroudsberg, PA Kids’ room Paint color: Benjamin Moore “Palladian Blue” (HC-144) Bunk bed and linens: Ikea Bookshelf: garbage room in our building Wall sconce: Covered Bridge Antiques, Delaware Water Gap, NJ Table and toy shelves: Custom-built by Bryan Chairs: Ikea Checkered Rug: interfaceflor.com Round rug: Ikea Blinds: Home Depot Hallway Paint color: Benjamin Moore “African violet” medicine cabinet: Lowe’s Round mirrors: salvaged
Originally Posted on March 28th, 2007
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