Inspiration: Workstead's 850 Square Foot Apartment

Inspiration: Workstead's 850 Square Foot Apartment

Kristen Lubbe
Apr 22, 2010

We're no strangers to the inspirational of Workstead, we've talked about their creative light fixtures and an amazing kitchen renovation. When they aren't helping others beautify their homes, Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Andrew Highsmith are working on their own masterpiece.

The couple moved from a 387 square foot studio apartment to an 850 square foot apartment in Cobble Hill, NYC — it must seem like a mansion! Their apartment is self described as a collection of things inherited, gathered, and assembled. The Eames Lounger was inherited from Robert's grandparents, the piano is from Robert's parent's house in North Carolina, the painting hanging above the bed was done by Robert's grandmother and the pillows on the couches were made by Stefanie and Robert's mothers.

Their take on purchasing is inspiring and one that we believe pretty whole heartily with too: they try to limit their purchases of 'new' furniture and objects, preferring the story and character of vintage and reconfigured pieces. Most importantly, they believe in buying things once. Obviously it's a little pricier to only purchase things once and it takes a lot of self control, patience and a good savings account!

The double use dining room is a great piece of advice for small space dwellers. The couple use it as an office during the day and a dining room at night. It's important when space is limited to use rooms for multiple functions.

More photos of the Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Andrew Highsmith home are available at Design*Sponge.

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