When we saw this feature of Alexis Bittar's jewelry and home we were taken with all of the original portrait paintings he has displayed throughout his Brooklyn Heights apartment. Many of them date to the early 1900's, but their display is not stuffy or old in any way:
We love the full-length portrait to the right of the fireplace: its darkness sits perfectly next to the white mantle and a modern paper lamp. More portraits fill the small bedroom and it's all counterbalanced by creamy white walls and clean simple furnishings. Mirrors reflect and multiply the paintings on several occasions, allowing them to be seen from different angles.
The portraits are mixed with family photos propped up throughout the apartment, creating a mix of both mysterious and familiar faces looking out from the walls. We love this integration of the past and the ongoing present that's rich and lively.
See the rest of the apartment and lots of details on the making of Alexis' jewelry designs at New York Social Diary.
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Images: New York Social Diary