Suzanne and Oliver Jeffers' Custom, Beautiful Brooklyn Home

Suzanne and Oliver Jeffers' Custom, Beautiful Brooklyn Home

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Chloe Berk
Jan 22, 2018

Name: Suzanne and Oliver Jeffers, and their son Harland
Location: Park Slope — Brooklyn, NY
Size: 1,600 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, renting

Originally from Northern Ireland, Suzanne and Oliver Jeffers have called Brooklyn home for ten years. Before moving to their current rental, they were living in a tiny, one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn Heights. The apartment fit their needs just fine...until they found out their family would be expanding.

You most likely know Oliver from his whimsical books, including How to Catch a Star, The Day the Crayons Quit, and his newest book, Here We Are. Oliver's beautiful paintings can be seen around their home, along with friends' artwork they have collected over the years.

How the couple came to occupy this stunning home involves a little luck: Some friends of Suzanne and Oliver's owned a two-unit building in Park Slope and were planning on renovating the apartments...and renting one out. Oliver and Suzanne jumped at the opportunity, and since the owners were such good friends, they were able to heavily collaborate during the design process, giving input on what they would prefer for colors, tiles, etc.

But the customization didn't end once they moved in; Oliver and his dad built a beautiful shelving unit that connects to wraparound banquette seating in the kitchen. Given their involved renovation and Oliver's artistic talent, it is no surprise that Oliver and Suzanne's home is full of character, warmth, and charm.

An added bonus is having their dear friends living in the apartment right next door.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Bitta this, bitta that.

Inspiration: Functionality that is pleasing to the eye.

Favorite Element: The morning light that floods the whole place.

Biggest Challenge: Containing the ever expanding toy collection.

What Friends Say: "Anyone using the spare room tonight?"

Biggest Embarrassment: The shocking lack of gold leaf and velvet.

Proudest DIY: Built-in seating and shelves in the kitchen.

Biggest Indulgence: Living here.

Best Advice: Measure it (and where it's going) before you buy it.

Dream Sources: ABC Kitchen, DWR, Patrick Weder, Michele Varian, M. Crow, Calliope, BDDW, Primary Essentials, Kauffman Mercentile, The Citizenry. Also 1stdibs and Brimfield for vintage.

Resources:

ENTRY/WINDOW SEAT/PLAY AREA
Ralph Lauren Paint — PLASTER WHITE
Kids table & Chairs — Ikea
Toy storage boxes — Restoration Hardware & Sprout
Shoe bench — Restoration Hardware
Lamp by — Henning Dyes
Original Art by — Oliver Jeffers, Tim Goffe, and Jeremy Miranda (5 paintings)

LIVING ROOM
Ralph Lauren Paint — Plaster White
Sofa — ABC Carpet & Home
Leather chair — Restoration Hardware
TV unit — custom made by Patrick Weder
Original Art by — Oliver Jeffers, Stanley Donwood (trees piece)
Side tables — Petrified Wood table from ABC Carpet & Home, marble side table by Saarinen for Knoll
Rug — ABC Carpet & Home
Wall sconces by Restoration Hardware
Dog bed — Restoration Hardware

DINING ROOM
Ralph Lauren Paint — PLASTER WHITE
Sideboard — custom made by Patrick Weder
Art — Disaster Painting by Oliver Jeffers; Terracotta Daughter Ltd Ed print by Prune Nourry; George Washington into the Sunset original art by Mark Wagner (currency art); 'Yes' Pyromaniac Original match art by Ian Trask; 3 Vision Finders of Alternate Histories original art by Ian Trask; Antique Russian Education posters
Dining table by Design Within Reach
Dining chairs by West Elm
Wall sconces by Restoration Hardware
Chair — Eames Lounge chair & Ottoman in walnut & white
Cocktail table — Restoration Hardware
Bar — vintage
Speaker — Devialet Phantom
Ceramic set — Derek Wilson ceramics
Serving boards — Very Good & Proper

DOWNSTAIRS HALLWAY
Ralph Lauren Paint — PLASTER WHITE
Small Sideboard — Arne Vodder
Mirror — Collyers Mansion, Brooklyn
'Unimao' original art by Oliver Jeffers
Art: Periodic Table of the Elements original art by Oliver Jeffers; "Dying with Dignity" original art by Mac Premo
Antique fishing sea chart

KITCHEN
Cushions by Schoolhouse Electric
Dining table from Michele Varian, NYC
Dining chairs — Salt chairs from Design Within Reach
Calendar by Stendig
Colander by M Crow
Art — Duck Hunt Lego art by Jonny Miller

DOWNSTAIRS WC
Ralph Lauren Paint — OLD CAMP GREEN
Original Art by — Gabe Benzur, Doreen Maddox (rest are second hand finds so artists unknown)

STAIRS
Ralph Lauren Paint — PLASTER WHITE
Original Art by — Quentin Blake, Eric Carle, Mo Willems, Alexis Deacon, Kevin Waldron, Sam Winston, Ronald Searle;
Dipped photos by Oliver Jeffers
'Husband and wife' case by Mac Premo
Antique Japanese flag
Dresser from ABC Carpet & Home

MAIN BEDROOM
Ralph Lauren Paint — NOBEL GREY
Bed — ABC Carpet & Home
Dresser 1 — Room & Board
Dresser 2 — Vintage dresser by Drexel Declaration
Bedding — Schoolhouse Electric Navy Imperfect Plus bedding
Bassinet — Snoo Smart sleeper by Happiest Baby on the Block
Baby bedding by PataPri
Original Art — Sam Winston
Bedside wall sconces by Schoolhouse Electric (Isaac)
Bedside table by — West Elm
Elephant rugs from Jaipur, India
Navajo rug on wall

KID'S BEDROOM
Ralph Lauren Paint — LAMP ROOM GREY
Crib — Oeuf Sparrow
Bedding from ABC Carpet & Home
Drawers — Room & Board Flynn Dresser
Bookcase — Land of Nod
Toybox — Land of Nod
Rug — Land of Nod
Cushions — handmade from Etsy
Art by — Kevin Waldron, Oliver Jeffers, Adrian Johnson, JR, Sam Winston and world map by Oliver Jeffers
Vinyl rocket and spaceman by Oliver Jeffers from OJ Stuff collection

GUEST BEDROOM
Ralph Lauren Paint — LAMP ROOM GREY
Bedding — Kerry Cassill at ABC Carpet & Home
Dresser — Vintage
Art by — JR, Mr-Bingo (hair prints)

BACKYARD
Dining table by Crate and Barrel
Ground stencils by — Royal Design Studio
Lights by Restoration Hardware

Thanks, Oliver and Suzanne!


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