Aaron & Kat's Calm Railroad Apartment

Aaron & Kat's Calm Railroad Apartment

Jul 23, 2009

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Name: Aaron and Kat
Location: Boerum Hill, Brooklyn NYC

After living in a cramped, under 500 square feet, walk-up with no closets and two cats Aaron and Kat were excited to move into the long cream and white rooms of their new 1,100 square foot railroad apartment with abundant closet space, and a terrace. Their design of the space reflects this sense of relief and combines warm wood, mid-century Danish furniture, earth tones, and a respect for the empty space...

However, with the challenges of one side of the railroad apartment covered in a red brick wall, and the opposite facing wall almost entirely closets, getting color into the space through the traditional method of hanging artwork wasn't going to work. To liven up the space and provide much needed texture, Aaron and Kat used pops of deep orange or blue tones in chairs and side tables, stacked tiers of colorful books at the edges of rooms, and placed their growing vinyl record collection on view. In the few spaces where the wall was open, pieces from the couple's vintage map collection (from a boutique in Paris), along with an art-deco chinoiserie mirror, were hung. They chose natural materials and white lanterns from Pearl River Mart to connect their outdoor space with the interior.

(Images: Kat Howard)

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