A Brooklyn Apartment That's Home to Art-Loving LA Transplants

A Brooklyn Apartment That's Home to Art-Loving LA Transplants

Chloe Berk
Aug 14, 2017

Name: Abigail Hibbs and Henri Broyard
Location: Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: Rented 1.5 years

Walking into Abigail and Henri's Crown Heights apartment, it's apparent they've got great style. Abbie is a gallery manager in Manhattan and Henri is a painter — their creative abilities have influenced a design aesthetic that's a mix of mid-century furniture and Henri's contemporary art. And they definitely know how to take care of some amazing house plants (look out for orchids!).

The apartment is a spacious and sunny two-bedroom, with an open living and dining room area. Although not usually know for being spacious, the galley kitchen provides plenty of room. Henri uses the second bedroom as his painting studio.

But, of course, we cannot forget the most important inhabitants of this home. Abbie and Henri's cats, Jerry and Chip, love to lounge around the apartment and apparently love to pose for photo shoots, too!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Vintage furniture, contemporary art, and plants.

Inspiration: The homes we grew up in in Los Angeles, California. We both grew up in very different parts of the city, but were raised by parents who loved art and design, and instilled that in us.

Favorite Element: Abigail – Our orchids. Henri – The hardwood floors and books.

Biggest Challenge: Keeping the couch and chairs cat hair free.

What Friends Say: We like to host, and I think our friends enjoy hanging out here whether it's a New Years Eve party, or just a casual Friday night.

Biggest Embarrassment: Abigail – The kitchen cabinets, I'd love to paint them a lighter color. Henri – The cream wall color.

Proudest DIY: The radiator covers. We got our cat Chip when he was a kitten, and we were always nervous about him getting stuck in the radiators.

Biggest Indulgence: Shipping our credenza out from LA. We had been looking for one in New York and weren't able to find something that was affordable and was what we wanted. Henri grew up with this credenza in his bedroom, and we knew it was perfect, so we just went for it.

Best Advice: Abigail – Take your time, wait for the right thing. Henri – Skip the cheap stuff and buy solid furniture that will last you.

Dream Sources: Maybe not a specific source, but to be able to go limitless mid-century furniture shopping in Palm Springs.


Crochet artwork – Vintage, Unique Thrift, downtown Brooklyn
Key hook – Vintage, from Abbie's parents

Couch – Angel View Thrift, on W 17th in Manhattan
Black chair – gifted from a friend
Leather chair – an amazing deal from Far Out Finds
Orange chair – Craigslist in CA (shipped with credenza)
Coffee table – purchased from Article
Metal side table – Made by Henri, legs purchased online
Leaf-shaped side table — Ikea
Rug – Cowhide International
Basket that fiddle leaf is in — Ikea
Paintings – Henri Broyard
Photos above chair – taken by and given to us by a friend
Items on shelves – from various thrift and contemporary stores
Hanging planter – CB2
Lamp next to orange chair — Target
Lamp behind couch — Ikea
Octahendron ceramic on shelf – Cody Hoyt, bought at a seconds sale
Blanket on couch and leather chair — Ikea
Curtains and Curtain rod – Ikea
Blue and white pot on window sill – Small spells, bought at a seconds sale Wood bowl — Vintage Weck glass container
Wood sculptures – Henri Broyard

Table – Craigslist find
Dining chairs – AllModern
Bookcase – Furnish Green, near Harold Square, NY
Painting – Henri Broyard
Ceramic cup (on bookcase) – Peter Shire
Vase — Vintage
Pot that small plant is in on bookcase – Small Spells ceramic, bought at a seconds sale

Kitchen carts — Ikea
Painting – Henri Broyard
Print – Mark Grotjahn
Marble slab – Left over from a friend's kitchen remodel
Floral containers – Junk in Williamsburg
Small ceramic bowls – Marked with NW, bought from a ceramics seconds sale
Espresso machine — Gaggia
Watering can — Ikea
Red pot — Furnish Green, near Harold Square, NY
Le Creuset kettle – Ebay
Coffee cups – Various second hand and thrift stores
Stool — Ikea
Cooking utensil container – Crate and Barrel Weck glass container

Duvet and bed frame — Ikea
Side table – West Elm
Lamp – West Elm
Ceramic container (on bedside table) — Muji
Credenza – Vintage
Wooden jewelry box – Craigslist, made by Peter Kwasniews
Acrylic jewelry box — Muji
Glass jewelry box — Vintage, Unique Thrift, downtown Brooklyn
Watercolor made by a friend, frame vintage
Candle holders – from an Indian grocery store in the East Village
Painting – Henri Broyard
Print – Lawrence Weiner, purchased at Dia Beacon
Medicine Cabinet – purchased from an antique store in Rhode Island
Wood hutch — Furnish Green, near Harold Square, NY
Small round glass containers on shelf and oil slick tray – Hay
Stool — Ikea
Pink ceramic bowls – Vintage, purchased in Florida Jonas
Wood print, frame from Blick

Small vases – CB2
Turkish towels – purchased from amazon, I think
Bowl holding matches – Urban Outfitters
Fish print – Upper west side swap meet
Painting – Henri Broyard

Desk and storage rack built by Henri, desk legs from ikea
Chair — Craigslist
Stool – Hardware store

For plants we go to a local store called Natty Garden on Washington and Dean in Brooklyn, and also frequent two particular plant stores on Grand in China Town. Our fiddle leaf is from Kings County Nursery. For pots, terra cotta can really be purchased anywhere, but we also love the pots from Lowes and often find great ones at thrift stores.

Thanks, Abbie and Henri!

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