Name: Jason & John
Location: Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn
Size: 2,800 square feet, Tudor-style single family home
Years lived in: 4 years
Last week, we were blown away by John and Jason's living room and guest quarters. Today, we take a peek into the den and living room of their Tudor house on a rare Brooklyn cul de sac.
John and Jason have lived together for 17 years, during which they've bought, renovated and sold three apartments. This is their fourth home together as well as the site of their interior design business. Over time and the completion of many interior projects they have achieved a great synergy — combining their fine taste, appreciation of color, sense of humor, as well as a bit of lingering Midwest nostalgia.
The colors come fast and furious. Every surface is considered and given heaps of attention. The result is a ceiling that uses its beams as an excuse for multiple wallpaper patterns, chairs that use seams as an excuse for multiple fabrics, and window seats that serve as an excuse for a patterned textile extravaganza.
While the green theme continues in the dining room, the den takes a major departure and eschews green for a deep red and brown pallette.
The dining room is used on a regular basis for daily snacks as well as weekly Sunday dinner parties. Each guest gets a chair with a distinct cushion pattern!
While the photos may seem overwhelming to the eye, the real-life experience is an adrenalin rush, in a good way. It keeps the blood flowing, the mind at work, and the spirit in that much better of a place than it was just moments before.
NOTE: There is just too much of John and Jason's masterpiece to cover in one post. Today's slide show includes the den and dining room. Last week's tour covered the living room, guest bedroom and guest bath. Stay Tuned for part III when we will take a walk through their master bedroom, master bath, and office space. And check out their kitchen on thekitchn.com.
Apartment Therapy Survey
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.
- •Vintage dining table and chairs, originally from Marshall Field & Co.
• Floor paint from Farrow & Ball
• Wallpaper from Given Campbell for Studio Printworks
• Window treatments:
Valence Bamboo trellis cotton fabric by Greff from Schumacher
Panels chinoiserie printed cotton from Brunschwig & Fils
• Wall paint, Farrow & Ball
- • Wallpaper from Tom Dixon for Habitat
• Chaise, chairs, and ottomans from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, all custom fabrics
• Window treatments fabricated from cotton print from John Lewis in London
• All lighting, vintage from eBay
• Wall paint, Glidden
Images: Jill Slater