Molly and John's Light-Filled Home for Five

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Name: Molly and John
Location: Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York
Size: 1,200 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years; Owned

When Molly and John moved into this apartment five years ago, they were the first buyers in the building. The property had a few issues at the time, but Molly and John took the leap and were glad they did. The building has since filled up with young families, who have created a very tight-knit community.

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Molly and John's building is part of a network of condo buildings on their block, all owned by one developer. Each building houses a different amenity open to all the other condo owners. Residents organize many events per month in the buildings' diverse common spaces. They've created a small village on one block in Brooklyn!

After living in the brand new space for a couple of years, Molly and John realized that they could make better use of the space, an especially pressing need because of their plans to have kids. With the help of an architect, they opened up the kitchen, added built in open, sliding storage shelving under the stairs, and carved up an open space to create two small bedrooms. In the end, they made alterations to more than half of the total square footage of their home.

Molly works in finance and John is a law professor, which means they have a lot on their plate in addition to being parents to three small children. In fact, Molly was in the hospital during the tour because one of her twins was still in NICU. John rushed home to meet me and show me around.

The duplex apartment is filled with light, and feels very much like home. No doubt, as the couple's get older they will reap the benefits of their parent's hard work.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Casual and white with textural elements and bright accents for interest — think urban beach house

Inspiration: North Carolina beaches and our honeymoon in Provence.

Favorite Element: The double-height windows in the living room with a view of the Manhattan skyline and the Empire State Building.

Biggest Challenge: Trying to find room for three kids and all of their gear!

What Friends Say: The apartment gets great light and functions well for entertaining, despite being small.

Biggest Embarrassment: The door on our hall bath that guests use has been broken for 2 years, and we usually have to launch into a long explanation in order to tell guests how to close it, or we have to close it for them!

Proudest DIY: I love the picture wall in the entrance hallway. When I’ve had a tough day, I can take one look and see all of the important things in my life in one place to put it all in perspective.

Biggest Indulgence: Our custom designed and fabricated maple bookcase under the stairs, which houses our wine fridge and has a secret sliding door that hides my pottery and china collection from little hands. I also love that we used the same wood for open shelving in our kitchen to tie the two spaces together.

Best Advice: Pay attention to the details and make them special to you. For our office door and the closets in my kids’ rooms, I picked out whimsical door knobs from Anthropologie, and every time I open the doors, it feels like a little indulgence.

Dream Sources: Roche Bobois.

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Resources of Note:

Architect (created floorplan for renovation in 2011): Erin Vali of Ulterior Mode

ENTRY

  • Landing table – Room and Board
  • Tiles – Ann Sacks
  • Picture Frames – Pottery Barn

LIVING ROOM

  • Sofa – Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams
  • Yellow arm chair – Dwell studio
  • Throw cushions – Jonathan Adler
  • Woven chair – Vintage (from parents’ basement!)
  • Nesting tables and TV chest – Rue La La Living
  • Mantle – Etsy custom piece
  • Painting – Philippe Janin (purchased on our honeymoon in Provence and inspiration for our color palette)
  • Carpet – FLOR
  • Floor lamp - Lumens

DINING ROOM

  • Dining table – Room and Board
  • Dining chairs – Ikea

BEDROOM

  • Linens and Throws – Layla in Brooklyn
  • Dresser – Etsy
  • Carpet – FLOR
  • Ceiling Fan – Artemis by Minka Aire

TWINS' NURSERY

  • Cribs – Babyletto Hudson
  • Changing table - Argington
  • Rocking chair – Monte Design Luca
  • Carpet – FLOR
  • Wall art and mobile – ETSY
  • Sheets – Aden and Anais
  • Ceiling Fan – Artemis by Minka Aire

TODDLER ROOM

  • Bed – Babyletto Mercer (convertible crib)

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Thanks, Molly and John!

Molly and John are participants in our A-Line video series. We'll be doing house tours of many of those homes in order to share still images and tell their story. Stay tuned for a view inside the home of Ana, Molly and John's neighbor.

(Images: Jill Slater)

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