A Brooklyn Home’s Sunroom Sports “Floridian Mid-Century Modern” Style

published Sep 26, 2023

A Brooklyn Home’s Sunroom Sports “Floridian Mid-Century Modern” Style

published Sep 26, 2023
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Justine Requa, an art director, and her boyfriend, Alex Moy, an art director and motion designer, were looking for a rental home in Brooklyn in the summer of 2022, which she describes as “not a fun time to be apartment hunting.” 

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The couple had already been rejected by 10 apartments because of New York City’s competitive rental market. So, when Requa toured a two-bedroom apartment in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighborhood, she knew she wanted to jump on it. “I’ve lived in Brooklyn for the last 13 years, and I know that the search for natural light is real,” she shares. 

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Not only did the apartment have a lot of space (including an office, as the couple both work from home!), but also windows throughout and a sunroom, which reminded Requa of her childhood in Florida and provided an “immediate sense of home and comfort.” The home also had a unique background.  

“When I first came to view it, it was being used as a daycare, so tons of cubbies, miniature furniture, tiny toilets, and of course a dedicated nap room,” Requa explains. “I still have the height markings of the kids in my office.”

Credit: Erin Derby

Since moving in, Requa has honored her upbringing in her design aesthetic, explaining that her style is “Floridian mid-century modern.” She achieves this by filling her home with plants and rattan where she can.

The couple’s home looks like a zen space to unwind, and their cats, Fig and Baby Moy, likely feel this sense of serenity. Requa and Moy have even opened their home to two (adoptable!) foster kittens, Soft Serve and Slushie. 


Credit: Erin Derby


  • Lonsdale sofa  — All Modern
  • TV console — Scandi furniture
  • Off White Veronica wool braided area rug — Rugs USA
  • Tolkning storage bench — IKEA
  • Rice paper shade light — Hay
Credit: Erin Derby


  • Dining table — ​Lichen
  • Book shelves — IKEA (discontinued)
  • Rug — IKEA
  • Light fixture — Amazon
Credit: Erin Derby


Credit: Erin Derby


Credit: Erin Derby


  • Standing desk — Uplift
  • Floor storage shelves — IKEA
  • Rice paper shade light — Hay  
  • Wall shelves — Grovemade
Credit: Erin Derby


Credit: Erin Derby


  • Checkered rug  — ​Bed Bath & Beyond (formerly Overstock.com) similar linked here
  • Leather couch — Wayfair
  • Green chair — Vintage bought at Dobbin

Thanks, Justine and Alex!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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