This Brooklyn Home Has an Envy-Inducing Art Collection
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If Mallory and David’s Brooklyn rental looks familiar, it may be that you’ve caught a drool-worthy snapshot of it on her Instagram account, which has over 71K followers. It’s no wonder. Flooded with light and filled with a beautiful mix of one-of-a-kind art pieces and fun furniture finds, it’s the kind of dreamy space that will have you looking at all the details (and popping into the resource list below to discover the sources!).
Mallory is the founder and owner of The Reserve, “a thoughtfully and curated vintage textiles and accessories shop, with a focus on ethically sourced handwoven rugs, poufs, and pillows.” Her home (and luckily for her customers, also her shop) is filled with these colorful, patterned vintage textiles from Morocco, which give the space a sort of sumptuous softness. But these materials—some antiques—also lend the space a feeling of timelessness, even with the youthful modern colors and pieces also interspersed around the space.
The rental apartment is also heavily influenced by Mallory’s partner David, who is an artist and also Collections Manager at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Together they’ve turned what could have been a challenging space—a shotgun apartment (where all the rooms flow right into one another)—into an inspiring home where they can also work and be creative in.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Modern bohemian with a hint of mid-century modern.
Inspiration: Australian architecture, Parisian Apartments, Florine Stettheimer paintings, Henri Rousseau Jungle Series, Art Deco design.
Favorite Element: Our art collection. Most of the pieces were acquired when we were living in Kansas City and many of them are by friends of ours, so they also carry sentimental value in our home.
Biggest Challenge: Creating the feeling and cohesive look of different “rooms” in a shotgun apartment with few walls to separate them.
What Friends Say: “There is always something new to look at here!”
Biggest Embarrassment: Our far-from-updated kitchen. We took the cabinet doors off and added open shelving, but there’s not a whole lot we can do about that stove hood that haunts our dreams—ha!
Proudest DIY: Adding decorative moldings in the bedroom to match the look and feel of our living space. It elevated the style by leaps and bounds.
Biggest Indulgence: Our houseplant collection—those suckers are not cheap!
Best Advice: Invest in art when you can, as it adds so much to a home. Also, when in doubt about what to fill a space with, choose a few plants.
Dream Sources: Consort, Adaptations NY, BDDW, Porter James, 1stdibs, and The Sill.
Ollie sofa — Urban Outfitters
Pom pom pillow — We are Pampa
Velvet shapes pillows — Adaptations NY
Large painting and framed watercolors — David Rhoads
Coffee table — Urban Outfitters
“Happy Birthday” painting — Amy Kligman
Pendant light — IKEA
Floor pouf — Reserve Home
Cane armchair — Urban Outfitters
Large framed drawing — Brook Hsu
Area rug — Zayane Shop on Etsy
Console — Feather
Owl drawing — Jonah Criswell
Dining table — Feather
Wishbone dining chairs — Poly and Bark
Record storage — Designed and made by David Rhoads
Faux flowers — Afloral
Light fixture — West Elm
Trio of prints — Vontrueba
“Patience is a Virtue” print — Chambers Austelle
Gallery wall artwork from left to right — Matt Jacobs; David Elliot; Samara Umbral; Lee Piechocki
Bed frame — Urban Outfitters
Linen bedding — The Company Store
Faux flowers — Afloral
Plant painting — David Rhoads
Standing mirror — Ballard Designs
Wood pendant light — Starthi
Area rug — Urban Outfitters
Chair painting — David Rhoads
Pink and green sculpture — Amanda Martinez
Marble side table — Feather
Side chair — Urban Outfitters
Bathmat — Cold Picnic
Bath towels — Anthropologie
Shelving unit — IKEA
Half-moon mirror — @houseonasugarhill
Thanks, Mallory and David!
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