Jove’s Bright Home with Inventive Features
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Jove is a creator without boundaries. He lives for carrying out a vision—both in his life and in his work as an event planner—and his resourcefulness helps him achieve the result he’s after regardless of limitations. Jove’s two-story unit in Brooklyn was a sea of large expansive white walls when he first moved in; a blank canvas ready for an artist’s eye. Jove’s solution: A warm and rustic salvaged wood wall which serves as the focal point for the entire space.
Other unique solutions that Jove came up with for his voluminous, sunny space was a custom installation of copper planters to create a green wall effect, a DIY wallpapered wall made from vintage art history books, and a form-meets-function rack for his bike on the main feature wall. A white metal plate on the ceiling that Jove first thought was an electrical connection for a chandelier in the living room turned out to be a sprinkler. But Jove easily responded to that problem with bistro lights which now provide elegant and friendly light along the vaulted ceiling.
All these elements (along with the fresh flowers that are always in the home of a wedding planner) come together to create a space that feels a bit like an inviting outdoor patio; the perfect setting for an evening gathering with friends. Dogs welcome!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Clean, yet eclectic. Modern, yet vintage.
Inspiration: The various places I’ve traveled to; places I’ve stayed.
Favorite Element: The reclaimed wood wall—designed by me and built by Eric Lind. All wood comes from old barns and farms from upstate NY.
Biggest Challenge: The custom copper planters with ivy vines. They are each 8 feet long and had to be carried up to the lofted room, secured on the railing, filled with liner, rocks, soil and plants!
What Friends Say: They love all the different vintage pieces, especially the vintage dog portrait wall.
Biggest Embarrassment: Luckily nothing yet.
Proudest DIY: Handmade wall paper from vintage art books.
Biggest Indulgence: The reclaimed wood wall that covers the largest wall in the apartment and makes its way up to the lofted master bedroom.
Best Advice: Do what you love and make your home your happy place!
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- Floors: An outdoor deck paint product in white by Behr.
- Vintage Chesterfield sofa: Craigslist
- Vintage suitcase coffee table: Found on the street
- Vintage leather chairs: HousingWorks, Brooklyn
- Vintage floral chair: Craigslist
- Headboard: West Elm
- Side Tables: IKEA
- Vintage Desk: Housing Works
- Dresser: IKEA
- Vintage Suitcases: Etsy
- Shower curtain: Bed Bath and Beyond
- Art: Junk
- Reclaimed wood shelves: West Elm
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Re-edited from a tour originally published January 2015