Lotus and Jesse's Modern Condo for Four

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Name: Lotus Abrams, Jesse Waters, Zoe & Charlotte
Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York
Size: 1,081 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years; Owned

I’ve known Lotus and Jesse for more than 10 years, and in that time they've moved from their downtown Manhattan rental to this spacious (in NYC terms) condo in Williamsburg. The features that sold them: coveted light from floor-to-ceiling windows and a rooftop space with an amazing view of Manhattan.

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Two kids later, they have started to grow out of the two-bedroom space but have been slow to make the inevitable move to the suburbs. They love the neighborhood, which inspires many of their design choices.

I admire Lotus and Jesse’s approach to design. They’re thoughtful about their choices, making quality purchases rather than quantity ones. They’ve filled the space slowly, being selective about each piece, which has allowed them to keep it clean and minimal, even with two kids under the age of three.

Every time I meet up with these two (on my visits to New York or their visits to San Francisco, where they both first met), they’ll bring up a lamp or fabric swatch that they’re considering and they'll ask for my opinion. I enjoy hearing about their latest finds and shops they’ve discovered — here and in New York. It’s definitely a passion they both share. Check our their place, and please thank them for inviting us into their home!

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: We like simple, clean, modern design, and furniture that’s also functional and comfortable.

Inspiration: Living in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, we’re surrounded by amazing restaurants, bars and shops that have inspired our style, but we also look to magazines like Dwell and design stores in Manhattan for ideas.

Favorite Element: When we first saw our apartment, we were immediately drawn to the lofted ceilings in the living room and floor-to-ceiling windows, which let in tons of light and frame views of the trees out front and the vibrant community. Our daughter Zoe, who is two years old, is fascinated by what she sees out that window — dog walkers, snow and rain, fire trucks.

Biggest Challenge: The most challenging thing about having large windows was selecting window coverings that matched the modern feeling of the apartment but were also functional, so we chose solar shades for the living area that cut down on the glare without sacrificing the view or the open feeling of the space and blackout shades in the back bedrooms that offer privacy and an ideal sleeping environment.

What Friends Say: Friends who have visited our apartment often say it would be a great place for a photo shoot because of the abundant natural light, and are impressed by the elevator that enters directly into the apartment, and the rooftop cabana with a Manhattan skyline. They also like the open living area that’s so different from many of the older New York City apartments.

Biggest Embarrassment: Having two kids in a two-bedroom apartment means that toys are everywhere! It’s a constant battle trying to keep the space looking clutter-free.

Proudest DIY: To display all of the kids’ art projects in their bedroom, we hung fishing twine and attached the art using clothespins so we could easily rotate in new pieces on a regular basis.

Biggest Indulgence: Our Flos Skygarden pendant lamp by Marcel Wanders was a splurge, but we love the combination of modern and vintage design elements, as well as the way it intimately illuminates the dining table.

Best Advice: When you move into a new place, don’t rush to buy all the furniture and art at once. Live in the space for a while and acquire pieces as you go that suit your lifestyle and needs.

Dream Sources: Room and Board, the former Moss store in SoHo, Sprout Home.

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Resources of Note:

PAINT & COLORS

  • California Paints: Distant Horizon, Citadel, Stormy Sea, Mother Nature

LIVING ROOM

  • couch: Room and Board
  • coffee table: Offi
  • chair: Room and Board
  • media cabinet: Room and Board
  • Indian painted chest: Butala Emporium
  • magazine rack: Chiasso
  • wall art: Matthew Lew
  • carpet: Room and Board
  • pillows: Dwell Studio
  • cubes: Faile
  • planter: Sprout Home
  • shades: The Shade Store

DINING ROOM

  • table and chairs: Room and Board
  • high chairs Stokke
  • credenza: CB2pendent
  • lamp: Flos Skygarden by Marcel Wanders
    • mirror: Custom
    • planter: Sprout Home
    • shades: The Shade Store

KITCHEN

  • refrigerator: Bosch
  • dishwasher: Fisher and Paykel
  • stove: Jenn-Air
  • countertop: Pietra Cardosa
  • fruit basket: Chiasso
  • carpet tiles: Flor

MASTER BEDROOM

  • bed: Crate and Barrel
  • nightstand: Room and Board
  • dresser: Room and Board
  • side table: Eames
  • lamps: Kenneth Wingard
  • linens: Area
  • shades: The Shade Store

SECOND BEDROOM

  • photography: Justine Cooper
  • crib: Ikea
  • rocker: Eames
  • table and chairs: P’Kolino

• lamp: Nelson Bubble Sconce, Cigar
• storage bin: 3 Sprouts
• linens and curtains: Dwell Studio for Target
• storage shelving and bins: Ikea
• floor tiles: Skip Hop
• wall decal: Wallcandy Arts
• pink and white quilt and cat pillow: Elizabeth Mishler

BATHROOM

  • photography: Christopher Edwards and Lotus Abrams

ROOF CABANA

  • planters: CB2
  • furniture: Target

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Thanks, Lotus and Jesse!

(Images: Lotus Abrams)

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