It’s easy for me to keep things because they’ve been useful or good enough in the past. Or because it feels like a waste to buy something new (that I like) to replace something that I already have (that I probably was given secondhand in college). Just this week I got rid of a bookshelf that tilts to the right, which I’ve been moving from place to place for the last eight years. I honestly should have let it go a while ago. There’s nothing wrong with being selective when it comes to big pieces and purchases, but it’s also okay to pull the trigger and to make it a priority to be intentional with a space. For me, an intentionally designed home – even on the cheap – just feels inspiring, refreshed and mature. This Brooklyn Heights brownstone apartment wasn’t just moved into – the new tenants made it a place that reflects their taste and spirit by starting fresh with furniture and hiring a designer.
Ebonie and Dave, both attorneys, wanted to be closer to friends and better transportation to and from work. When they moved from Sunnyside to Brooklyn Heights, they decided to really settle in and make their new apartment into a home. The dingy paint, rough walls and older kitchen were worth the natural light and layout in this 850-square-foot brownstone. “We love our jobs, but we spend a ton of time in sterile office environments. We wanted a home that felt the opposite of that environment – interesting, expressive, calming, and casual,” Ebonie says. Designed by Jill Danyelle and executed by Ebonie and Dave, this home is the inspired, layered and sophisticated apartment that can take them away from the office completely. There are bits of mid-century, coastal and global elements coordinated perfectly throughout the space.
With Jill’s design and direction, Ebonie and Dave have created a refined space they love. “It took quite a bit of work to turn this apartment into a place that felt like home. We moved in during the summer and spent many a weekend painting when we would have rather been hanging in the park. Working with Jill was amazing and I really learned a ton about how to put a room together and the importance of measuring and planning before making any purchases,” Ebonie says. “I really wanted this apartment to feel like home. I think we really accomplished that. I think something about turning 30 makes you want to get it together and get a coffee table! This is our first apartment that has felt grown-up and complete.” —Lauren