Name: Lauren Stern
Location: Carroll Gardens; Brooklyn, New York
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 6 years
Lauren's charming home is situated on a quiet street in Carroll Gardens. The space is warm, spacious and filled with light. The one bedroom apartment has a unique open floor plan that spans the length of the building. She and her husband have shared many special moments here, and with a new addition to their family on the way, they'll say farewell to the cozy space this summer. They are exited to share their home with us, full of memories and cherished treasures.
The first thing that caught my eye is their stunning antique chandelier. It can be seen throughout the whole apartment, hanging gently and giving off great light. Lauren also has a playful collection of owl sculptures which have found their way into her home — "When I was 15 years old a family friend bought me the two milk glass owl figurines that are on the fireplace mantel. Since then, friends and family members have added to my collection. I've not purchased a single owl myself, and I love that so many different people have contributed to the collection."
When she's not managing her design studio, you can find Lauren hosting her own seminars for design professionals in New York. The Seminars is an interior design networking group that meets once per month. Each session is hosted by an industry expert who leads a themed discussion about his or her area of expertise. The group is open to seasoned professionals as well as those just getting their feet wet. Members have diverse backgrounds and include architects, interior designers, magazine editors, product designers and interior photographers. Some sessions to look forward to this spring and summer include "Designing & Producing a Product Line," hosted by hardware designer of Nest Studio Jessica Davis, "How to get Published," hosted by HGTV editor Rae McConville, and "The Nuts & Bolts of Starting an Interior Design Business," back by popular demand and hosted by Lauren herself.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: This apartment is a mix of many styles and an assortment of items that my husband and I have picked up over many years. We have friends over often and we like to lounge, so there is a definite emphasis on comfort. Many of the furnishings are lightweight or on wheels so we can rearrange depending on the occasion.
Inspiration: We started with the collection of Japanese Katagami, the antique Egyptian glass chandelier and a few other miscellaneous furnishings. These first items were all earthy in color, so it seemed natural to go with that palette. We are moving this summer and everything I’m drawn to for the new space is chalky black or icy blue, a real departure from our current apartment.
Favorite Element: Is it cheesy to say the memories? I’ve loved living in this apartment, we have so many happy memories here, but with a baby on the way we are moving to a larger space. I’m sad to say goodbye and excited that Apartment Therapy is giving us a chance to commemorate the apartment before we go.
Biggest Challenge: Having overnight guests in what is essentially a studio — there are different rooms, but most of them don’t have doors.
What Friends Say: Our sofa gets many visitors because it’s so comfy and cozy.
Biggest Embarrassment: Our tv stand is an eyesore, and visitors never have a problem pointing it out. I’ve had it since I first moved to NYC in 2003, and it might be time to say goodbye when we move this summer.
Best Advice: Fill your space with things that you love, because you’ll be more likely to hold on to them through the years.
Resources of Note:
• Wool area rug was purchased on a trip to Mendoza Argentina
• The sofa is Verellen
• The iron and copper coffee table is antique
• The red poster was bought at a record store in Berlin
• The dining table is Ikea
• The chairs were picked up at a warehouse in Greenpoint Brooklyn
• The chandelier is an antique, as is the collection of Japanese Katagami
• The headboard was custom made
• The nightstands are from Crate and Barrel
(Images: Pablo Enriquez)
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