Darla & Andrew’s Playful Pad in Greenpoint

updated Feb 20, 2019
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Name: Darla Minnis & Andrew Childs
Location: Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Size: 500 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years; rented

Darla & Andrew are both creatives pursuing their dreams; he’s a web designer and she’s a freelance accessory designer. When they first saw this apartment they knew right away they had to have it. In Brooklyn, outdoor space is highly coveted, and this one has an outdoor deck to boot. Since Darla works from home, she took on the tiny room over the stairs and made it her creative play area; this is where she works, sews, designs, and runs her blog whatido.com. It also serves as a walk-in closet, which displays her clothes and accessories like her own little chic boutique.

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The rest of the four-room railroad is decorated with two very consistent threads; mid-century modern vintage style and doll collections, mostly of the Pee-Wee Herman variety. This playful touch is just the right balance; enough toys to catch your eye, but with everything neatly organized and in its place. The couple has a lot of fun with their décor, though they have a “no more stuffed things with eyeballs” rule coming into the house.

Andrew is a graduate of RISD and the walls are adorned with either his own paintings or pieces from art friends. Darla’s hilarious Muppet Whatnot™ is a huge hit; she’s made DIY legs for it and she’ll even show you how. But the dress-up fun doesn’t stop with muppets or Mr. T-making kits; rather than have their portrait taken, the couple preferred to use two replicas of themselves made out of clothespins from designer Sarah Neuburger of The Small Object. Not being the biggest fans of photos of themselves, they came up with a creative solution that has followed them all over the world.

This kitschy couple is getting hitched next month. Best wishes to you guys! For more of Darla’s DIY style, check out her blog whatido.com

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Crafty Danish Modern

Inspiration: Mary Tyler Moore + Mike Brady + Pee-Wee Herman

Favorite Element: My Mom’s pecan wood bedroom set

Biggest Challenge: Not having free reign to renovate

What Friends Say: “I want this closet”

Biggest Embarrassment: Sooo many toys

Proudest DIY: Footlocker file cabinet

Biggest Indulgence: Elfa shelving

Best Advice: Stay organized! There’s a fine line between ‘collecting’ &


Dream Sources: Brimfield flea, Resource Furniture

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Resources of Note:



  • Teal table & chairs: vintage
  • Pecan wood hutch: vintage Broyhill
  • Game shelving: Crate& Barrel
  • Bookshelves: Ikea Stockholm
  • Desk: Fat Dog Fabrication
  • Polyhedrons: Father Magnus Wenninger
  • Valentine box: DIY whatido.com



  • Elfa shelving: Container Store
  • Dresser: Vintage Broyhill
  • Desk: Ikea
  • Jewelry dresser: Ikea
  • Camera pouch: whatido.com
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Thanks, Darla & Andrew!

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