A Husband & Wife Design Duo’s Stunning Brooklyn Townhouse

updated Apr 30, 2019

A Husband & Wife Design Duo’s Stunning Brooklyn Townhouse

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, New York
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Name: Christine Stucker Veal and James Veal
Location: Clinton Hill — Brooklyn, New York
Size: 2100 square feet
Years Lived In: 3 1/2 years, owned

Original wood beams and brick walls mix with modern designs in this Brooklyn townhouse, built in 1890. It’s the home of husband and wife Christine Stucker Veal and James Veal, the founders of Stewart-Schafer. They are responsible not only for many of the architectural updates to the home, but also many of the furniture pieces, including their bed, the concrete tables in the living room, and a luxurious blackened steel dining table. But they also have an impressive collection of mid-century pieces from designers like Arne Norell, Paul McCobb and Herman Miller.

The couple are also travelers, so they’ve added home accessories from countries like Iceland, Wales, Italy and France to the mix.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Understated, elegant, minimal

Inspiration: Carlo Scarpa, Christian Liaigre, Victor Pasmore

Biggest Challenge: Our biggest challenge is to make sure we don’t add too many items to a room! We have a large collection of furniture and art and we despise clutter so we are constantly curating each room and vetting every object that goes into each space.

Biggest Embarrassment: Our kitchen floor is currently a work in process. The floor is a painted concrete that is chipping. We are replacing it with a gorgeous custom terrazzo flooring.

Proudest DIY: Building all the light fixtures in our home

Biggest Indulgence: B&B Italia sectional

Best Advice: When it comes to designing your own home, you don’t have to do everything at once. It is important to plan your space and know the direction you want to go in. We suggest being picky and only buying pieces that you love. Start with one iconic piece that really grounds the space and build from there.


Benjamin Moore — Silver Satin OC-26

Coffee table — Elijah Leed
Coasters — Elijah Leed
Sofa — B&B Italia sectional
Wooden bowl — Found object
Chandelier — Apparatus
Candle — Cire Trudon
Chair — Arnie Norell (not from here but here is an example)
Rug — White cow hide
Credenza — Paul Mccobb
Art — Will Barnet “Women Reading”
Bookcase — Organic Modernism
Planters — Modernica
Dog bed — Canvas home
Side tables— Custom built by Stewart-Schafer
Canvas Home cashmere blanket— Geysir
Sheepskins — Iceland
Art — (1 left in photo to right) Elena Megalos ; (2) Victor Pasmore, “Contact N’ 35 “ ; (3) Found piece; (4) Karl Druck Schaper; (5) Gene Davis; (6) Found piece; (7) Found Piece

Table — Paul Mccobb
Banquette — Custom built by Stewart-Schafer
Chairs — Eames Vintage
Cushions and pillows — Custom made by SS
Mirror — Jacques
Art — Victor Pasmore

Bed — Custom built by Stewart-Schafer
Rug — Vintage found piece
Light— Custom built by Stewart-Schafer
Linens — Restoration Hardware
Nightstands— Danish vintage nightstands
Sheepskins — Iceland
Art — found piece bought in flea market in Amsterdam

Tile — Tile shop
Mirror — custom made by Stewart-Schafer
Shower fixtures — Kohler Purist style
Planter — Modernica
Stool — Tolix

Rug — Restoration Hardware
Bed — Ikea
Crib — Kalon
Dresser — Organic Modernism
Light — Custom built by Stewart-Schafer
Art — Made by Christine
Art — Society6
Shelves — CB2
Mirror — Domino
Mobile — Custom made

Bench — Mies van der Rohe bench
Art — Victor Pasmore

Thanks, Christine and James!

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