A Brooklyn Rental Masters the Art of Blending Vintage Furnishings for a High-End Look

updated Jan 8, 2021
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Name: Molly Robbins
Location: Bushwick — Brooklyn, New York
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 800 square feet
Time lived in: 2 months in current apt, 2 years in apartment building, renting

Credit: Molly Robbins

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: This is a such a gem of an apartment in Bushwick! I originally lived in a studio across the hall and managed to swipe into this two-bed at an affordable rate in October. Now that I work from home, it was very important for me to have a separation of work life and home life in my apartment. I’ve thoroughly frequented all of the great antique shops in the neighborhood and have found some great anchoring pieces like a mid-century modern lamp, dainty vases, Lucite nesting side tables, and a statement marble coffee table that anchors the room. In addition to the antiques, the room is balanced with furniture from Room & Board, inherited items, IKEA, West Elm, and CB2.

Credit: Molly Robbins

There is no one color theme or style, which I love. I wanted to pick pieces based on what makes me happy and items that I think are timeless. I hate when rooms are all from a single store or collection. I knew the more textures involved, the easier it would be to incorporate different design styles. I didn’t want too boho, or too mid-century. I just wanted my style!

Credit: Molly Robbins

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Textural finds of old and new

Credit: Molly Robbins

What is your favorite room and why? Definitely the living room. In my studio, I could only fit a loveseat but really not much else. It was so fun to start from square one and use this room as my stay-at-home project! I frequently visited antique stores for inspiration and quick finds while also researching bigger pieces of furniture like my couch and chair from stores like Room & Board. There’s also so much wall space, so it was fun to try to find large scale art pieces to complete the room. I’ve never been a plant mom, but the greenery and light in this room also make me so happy and relaxed.

Credit: Molly Robbins

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The last two pieces I found for my home was this bar cart I found at a flea market while on a road trip to Portland, Maine. And this AWESOME Picasso print I found at another antique shop!

Credit: Molly Robbins

Any advice for creating a home you love? I am no expert, but I really tried to not get bogged down by one style. I focused on texture and a mixture of different colors and wood stains to allow for flexibility in decor.

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.