The Inside Out: Sarah and Hal's Attic Hideaway

The Inside Out: Sarah and Hal's Attic Hideaway

Jill Slater
Jun 23, 2008

Name: Sarah and Hal
Location: Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Size: 950sqft.
Motto: "when you have space, you can do anything"
Favorite Element: The bathroom sink

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Sarah is best at recognizing potential when desperation is a major factor. She's apparently the only person who called the landlord after seeing what is now her 950 sqft, 2 bedroom apartment in Fort Greene. That is an incredible fact in this day and age of cut-throat real estate angling.

Sarah says it could be because the apartment seemed dark and dingy. Every wall was painted orange, there was a refrigerator in the middle of the dining room plugged into the wall, and there were no doors anywhere. In Sarah's words, the apartment "really looked awful."

Desperation combined with a creative eye enabled Sarah to see beyond the space that lay before her. In December, she and her partner Hal, moved in. Over the next 6 months, they painted, 'shelved' and 'lighted' with a very soothing, comforting, and chic aesthetic. Sarah and Hal, along with their once doubtful friends and family have come to see the apartment as a livable space.

Sarah likes the result so much that she has a fantasy of raising children here. The closet, she believes, is so big that with the addition of a transom to let in light from the hallway, it could be transformed into a nursery very easily.

Hal and Sarah furnished their apartment with hard work, street finds, vintage shop purchases, and hand-me downs. The combination works very, very well. Sarah, an artist and gallery manager still marvels at the extent to which color can affect the space and its inhabitants.

The mere act of painting over all the orange except the one dining room wall as an accent, caused her to come around to the wonders and joys of the space.

It is the marble sink in the bathroom, however, that has and continues to be Sarah's anchor, icon, and inspiration towards stability and good design as she and Hal transform a less than user-friendly space into their home.

Originally Posted July 27th, 2005
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