Name: Emily and Colin and their dog, Scruffy
Location: Greenwood Heights/South Slope — Brooklyn, NY
Size: 1000 square feet
Years Lived In: Colin for 4, Emily for 2; Rented
One day, a little over four years ago, after always being attracted to a particular building's rugged facade, Colin took a chance and rang the superintendent's doorbell. As fate would have it, one of the lofts was vacant and Colin immediately took it! Emily moved in two years later, and since then the couple have called this fourth story loft in central Brooklyn home.
Emily originally submitted their home as a House Call as a means of paying tribute to their space, since they fear that someday soon their building might cease to exist. The neighborhood that they live in is seeing a lot of new condo development at what they feel is an alarming rate, and the changes are threatening older buildings such as theirs. Emily and Colin are passionate about their space and have put a lot of love, thought, and care into making it a comfortable, functional and creative living and working environment.
The apartment is an open concept layout except for a pseudo-wall that was installed by the previous tenant. This wall divides the living room and Colin's office from the bedroom and kitchen. This set up is quite practical for their needs, as Colin works from home and requires a separate space to meet with clients. During professional hours, their living room acts as an office and studio for Colin's business.
The interior is decorated with coveted finds from Craiglist and flea markets and gifts from family members. Emily explained that one of the best things about the apartment is its south-facing orientation, which means that the space is filled with an abundance of natural light. The bright and sunny space has allowed the couple to grow an impressive collection of house plants—they're at 53 and counting!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Clean and modern yet warm with the addition of colorful patterned textiles throughout. I also like to pick up things that I have worked on/designed at jobs like West Elm once they hit stores.
Inspiration: The raw slate that the loft was when Colin first moved in.
Favorite Element: The skylight and all south-facing windows, the industrial nature of the kitchen, and the fact that we have two bathrooms and two entrances (making Colin’s client-friendly space much more workable).
Biggest Challenge: That client-friendly space I just mentioned! Creating a homey, warm, and inviting space, while also catering to the needs of Colin’s business in a professional manner.
What Friends Say: “Our entire apartment is the size of your bathroom” and “You have such amazing light.”
Biggest Embarrassment: The units have old gas heaters which when they turn on sounds like an airplane is taking off in the kitchen. We have become so accustomed to it that it is just white noise to us, but it makes some people jump!
Proudest DIY: Not many DIY projects are pictured; we have added to our loft since photos were taken. But I am pretty proud of the bar cart. It is just a plain old utility worker's cart with wood tops added to class it up.
Biggest Indulgence: The desk for my workspace: custom-built through Urban Wood Goods. Oh and probably our newest additions (not pictured): dishwasher and washer/dryer.
Best Advice: If you have good growing conditions: houseplants, houseplants, houseplants! The greenery is so calming and I like to think it does something to the air.
Dream Sources: ABC Carpet & Home, Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co, Steven Alan Home, Brimfield, Collyers Mansion.
PAINT & COLORS
- Walls: landlord white
- Table: CB2 Stern Counter Table
- Coat hook: West Elm
- Art: framed Coral & Tusk napkin
- Couch: Crate & Barrel
- Coffee table: Crate & Barrel
- TV console: Crate & Barrel
- Rug: Dwell Studio
- Side chair: West Elm sample sale
- Side table: West Elm sample sale
- Eames rocker: Craigslist
- Bar cart: DIY with materials from Harbor Freight Tools and Home Depot
- Lamp: CB2
- Record shelves: IKEA
- Pillows: West Elm
- Throw: West Elm
- Counter stools: West Elm
- Metal barrister case: Craigslist
- Mid-century cabinet: Craigslist
- Rug: West Elm sample sale
- Open shelving: West Elm
- Cabinet: IKEA
- Hamper: Crate & Barrel
- Desk: custom-made
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