Name: Jason & John
Location: Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn
Size: 2,800 square feet, Tudor-style single family home
Years lived in: 4 years
This is the final installation in a many part series on John and Jason's intoxicating home. Today's tour reveals the master bedroom and bath, located in what was once an unfinished attic!
Today, we also take a peek inside John and Jason's office, overflowing with ideas and fabric samples. The office occupies the entire basement, which was also a raw space at the time of purchase. Both the basement and attic were finished during John and Jason's 15-month pre-move in, renovation period.
John and Jason run their interior design business as well as freelance writing, editing and art directing projects out of the basement. So, while the rest of the house is a test ground for their incredibly creative ideas, the basement truly is behind the scenes. It is where all of the brainstorming, sketching, fabric selection, etc. etc. takes place.
The master bedroom is on the third floor, well off the beaten path of the rest of the house. As a result, it feels like even more of a sanctuary. In fact, the design of the third floor is so self-contained that doors are superfluous!
There is so much to love about this home. Savor every square foot.
NOTE: There is just too much of John and Jason's masterpiece to cover in one post. Today's slide show, the final part of a three part house tour includes the master bedroom and bath as well as Jason and John's basement office space. Last week's post covered the den and dining room. The first installation house tour included the living room, guest bedroom and guest bath And check out their kitchen on thekitchn.com.
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Style: We wanted to create something of a British country house feeling in the city, a place that showcases eclectic influences but feels like it's been lived in for dozens of years. There are patterns everywhere and gobs of color and lots of whimsy: The goal was to keep the eye constantly engaged and entertained. And comfort is king: This is a house where you can put your feet up and relax.
Inspiration: Nancy Lancaster. Auntie Mame's Beekman Place apartment. The gardens at Hidcote. The Beverly Hills Hotel coffee shop. Manhattan's Indochine restaurant. The film, The Women (the orginal — not the remake). Dorothy Draper. John Fowler's hunting lodge. Bern's Steak House. The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Tony Duquette. Clearwater, Florida's sadly departed Kapok Tree Restaurant.
Favorite Element: The comfort. The wallpaper that covers nearly every square inch of the place — including many ceilings. And the fireplace that we have going all winter long.
Biggest Challenge: The living room was awkward thanks to the traffic pattern, so we couldn't use rugs. Our solution was to paint the floor with green-and-white stripes, and that pulled the whole space together.
What Friends Say: Our friends love it: They come all the way from Manhattan for our dinner parties (and on multiple occasions to boot!). We get "fun!" a lot and "I love the color and patterns!" quite a bit, too. Jason's mom — more of a Calvin Klein minimalist — calls our house the "knick-knack shack."
Biggest Embarrassment: None. Any "mistake" can be tweaked or re-painted or propped or slipcovered. (Although I almost once Be-Dazzled our duvet, but then I thought twice.)
Proudest DIY: We are super handy, so we are always changing out light fixtures and painting. We look at our home as a design lab, so it is constantly in a state of flux. We landscaped our backyard ourselves — including the installation of some 20-foot birch trees that we had to drag down an alley and over a wall.
Biggest Indulgence: The wallpaper that covers every square inch. And the custom-made lampshades and window treatments that we are constantly switching out.
Best Advice: Be bold or you just may grow mold. Or, put a smile on your style.
Dream Source: World Market mixed with a Marrakesh soukh. Or style guru Marian McEvoy's storage unit.
- • All plumbing from Kohler
• Bath vanity from Kallista
• All tile from Ann Sacks
• Cabinet by Dorothy Draper from eBay
• Wall paint, Glidden
- • Vintage bed from the Yard Sale, East Hampton, NY
• Bench from eBay upholstered in fabric by Josef Frank from Svenkst Tenn in Stockholm
• Armoire from John Koch Antiques, Manhattan
• Roman shades fabricated from IKEA fabric
• Chandelier from Shades of Light
• Dorothy Draper dressers from eBay
• Rug from Martha Stewart
• Bedding is custom
• Wall paint, Glidden
Images: Jill Slater