A “Caribbean Cabana” Style in Brooklyn Home

published Jun 16, 2015
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Name: Darlene and Lizzy Okpo (pronounced Oh-Poe)
Location: Bedford-Stuyvesant — Brooklyn, New York
Size: Approximately 875 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years

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On any given Sunday afternoon, the Okpo home is fluttering with activity while the two sisters, native New Yorkers and close in age, are busy wearing many hats. In addition to being partners with an educational foundation in Zambia, the 14 Plus Foundation, they own their own apparel company, William Okpo (named after their father), and shortly after this interview, they opened their inaugural flagship store in Manhattan. So with such an impressive body of work and inspiration, it is only appropriate that their home would come to represent (and display) tokens of their shared accomplishments and passions.

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Just off of the entry hall is the living room. (Image credit: Nasozi Kakembo)

Lizzy and Darlene are no strangers to design collaboration. Their very own apparel line is the result of a unified vision. As youngsters, they spent many years sharing a bedroom, so when it came to sharing a home together, they were already well-versed in compromise, and went on to incorporate this skill into their shared home. Today their decor styles happen to be very similar. The finished result is one which is cohesive and illustrative of how the work and individual self-expression of two sisters can be seamlessly expressed as one.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Caribbean Cabana

Inspiration: We love the Caribbean and Latin America decor

Favorite Element: The lighting in the living room

Biggest Challenge: Space. We love bringing everything home, but our apartment is small so we have to find creative ways to place everything.

What Friends Say: “Your place is so cute”

Biggest Embarrassment: Our painted doors

Proudest DIY: Our painted doors

Biggest Indulgence: Plants

Best Advice: Take your time building your home

Dream Sources: Guatemala, Senegal, and Sweden



  • Leather bags- Malcom Shabazz Harlem Market
  • Ceramic bowls on hallway dresser table- Anthropologie


  • Wall hanging above animal print chair- Lizzy got it from her trip to Senegal
  • Animal print chair- Darlene bought it from a flea market in Bed-Stuy
  • Red TV console/storage- IKEA cabinet off of Craigslist
  • “O” above TV- Urban Outfitters
  • Artwork on the floor next to the animal print chair- Lizzy’s friend made it for her
  • Mask behind couch- Jamaica
  • Couch- Housing Works
  • Patchwork chairs- We bought it off of Craigslist. They are originally from Urban Outfitters


  • Artwork above desk- Darlene dip-dyed Japanese paper art “experiment”
  • Pencil holder on desk- from Urban Outfitters
  • Bicycle figures on shelving between kitchen and desk area- Zambia
  • Basket on this shelving, too- Senegal

BEDROOM (Lizzy’s)

  • Bike figures above bed- Zambia

Thanks, Darlene and Lizzy!

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