Location: Crown Heights — Brooklyn, New York
As an interior designer, there’s always a bit of anxiety as to how to decorate my home. My husband and I recently moved to Crown Heights from a Park Slope duplex. The main reason we were looking to move is because I was starting my business and planning to work from home, like my husband. We needed a home with enough rooms to house both of our work spaces. Our Crown Heights apartment is a two and a half bedroom first floor brownstone with tons of architectural details.
We chose the apartment because of its big bright room in the back that faces our small yard. It’s so light and airy that I knew I wanted it to be my studio, it’s my favorite room in the house.
The living room is my second favorite space, I wanted to make the space colorful and fun. I started by using one of the first textiles I designed as an art piece. I had two of my large yellow and white textiles framed, one of them with the reverse side facing out. Each piece in our home to has some sort of significance to our lives. I am a huge fan of Angela Adams and have wanted one of her products in my home, so I was ecstatic when we purchased her Betty rug in our space. Several pieces from our home are from our travels in Ethiopia, wedding gifts or pieces from our parents’ homes.
The dining room was the most challenging space to layout and plan. It has wood trim on the walls and ceiling with a built-in corner glass cabinet. While these details add to the charm of the house, it also makes the space very dim. The room is in the center of the apartment and only has one window and since our home is only a few feet from our neighbor’s not much light comes through. This combined with the dark finish of the wood trim makes it the darkest room in the apartment. Its also the largest room in the apartment since it has a pathway for the second entrance to the apartment (that’s rarely used). This creates an awkward large space next to our dining table that’s hard to use. For now we put a sofa and small coffee table in the space. We often rotate the orientation of our dining table every few months, we can't decide which way feels better!!
• Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? Contact the editors through our House Tour & House Call Submission Form.