An International Couple's First Home Together in Brooklyn

An International Couple's First Home Together in Brooklyn

Project by: Christine of Form + Field
Location: Prospect Heights — Brooklyn, New York

Christine was hired to bring harmony to a 986 square foot Brooklyn condo for a couple that had been in a relationship for a bit but were living together for the first time. Faced with the challenge of a space that was low on pre-existing architectural character and making two people with different aesthetics happy, she came up with a harmonious take on both of their styles.

From Christine: I designed this space for a newlywed Taiwanese-American and French couple, Jenny and Thomas, who were settling in New York to be a closer to the husband's family in Paris, after having most recently lived in San Francisco. The couple met while in grad school in Barcelona, then lived apart for some time while Thomas worked in Munich. Jenny spent considerable time in Liberia and Mexico working on non-profit health initiatives, and they are now both working in New York City.

They hired me (based in San Francisco) to create their first home together and find common ground. The newly renovated apartment was lacking character, and the husband's style was modern, while the wife's style was "cozy vintage". Vibrant color with a fresh take on mid-century perfectly combined the couple's differing styles to create a home they both love. With no direct sunlight in the living or dining rooms, I used color and mirrors to bring in life.

Jenny said: "What I found helpful is how you got us to look at the spaces holistically so that it was less about what pieces we liked as individuals but more about how they fit into the larger picture of our home"

Thanks, Christine! You can see more on Form + Field.

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