when carolyn veith krienke of jan & äya, a fantastic brooklyn shop, emailed me the images and descriptions for her sneak peek, i was completely charmed by the wonderful words she included to describe her home. while she is the designer by trade, i love that she cites everyone, down to their 17 month-old son as influences to the space they live in. in her words: “i love how our home is a wonderful mix of worlds, reflecting the story of our lives through the objects and furniture that occupy.” she cites toys from her childhood in switzerland to her children’s artistic creations and how they embody the design ideals of their family. named after her two children, her store/gallery, jan & äya, follows the same philosophy. each season presents a new theme reflecting the world around us, and it’s clear how her family plays a major role. [thanks so much carolyn!] –anne
[Above: The necessary bed side reads for Kai]
living room: To my complete surprise, Jan decided it was a good time to take a nap while I was taking pictures. I couldn’t have imagined a better moment!
Our couch broke a month ago and instead of rushing to buy a new one we decided to live up our Moroccan fantasies until we find one we like.
Both the table and the armoire, antique pieces we found in Brooklyn, are a testament to our love of the rustic and social. We spend hours around this table with our children, family and friends laughing, debating, dancing, crying, rejoicing and of course dining on good food and wine!
Next to the dining room, our bedroom must be the most beloved part of the house. By morning time everyone is in our queen size bed, including our two cats.
A great example of how our children are creating their own contribution to our lovely home… legos and drawings, with paintings by our friend Ezra…Ever since I met my husband I’ve been taking pictures of our family sleeping. Here are a few along with a photo of Äya (top) by the photographer Tosca Radigonda.
Jan hanging out in Äya’s bed
The photo is one of the first event photos I took after I moved to New York.