today’s second stellar sneak peek comes to us from swedish designer cathy gedda westrell and her fiance erik. their williamsburg, brooklyn home in is a small, restored bakery and the bakery was actually active up until the construction started. both being from sweden (a country that’s dark 7 months of the year) they knew they needed something white and airy. the result is fantastic, and i love some of the creative solutions they’ve come up with for their home (especially the knobs on the dresser and photo wall of friends). click here for more, full-sized images, and here for more of cathy’s work. [thanks, cathy!] -anne
[above: Our livingroom is finally starting to feel complete. It took some experimenting. The perfect side board with sliding doors under the TV is from a warehouse in Dumbo. We needed the height of it to be very specific and finally found this one that was made for us! Color is a vital part of our life and especially in our home, and I just had to buy the orange Eames chair for Erik last Valentine’s Day. It lights up the room. The sofa table is a flea market find and the pillows in the sofa are from Svenskt Tenn in Sweden.]
The black sideboard is actullay from Target and was under $100. I just bought new knobs at Anthropologie to make a bit more fun. It’s become the perfect spot for some of my beloved design books, flowers, photos and of course Erik’s globe. The drawing of the marble statue is a gift from an old friend from design school in Stockholm, Sweden. He moved to NYC after we graduated and started studying fine art instead. Guess he grew tired of the computer.
The green Eames chairs are ebay finds which proved to be a lot of hard work. We bought the shells without the bases and when we eventually bought 4 bases they didn’t match. We had bought the wrong bases. Finding the right shock-mounts was practically impossible and seemed to cost more than the chairs themselves. After many hours on the computer, talking to helpful people in the know and a lot of hard physical work, we managed to assemble our amazing chairs. And it was worth every minute of it. The big table in solid oak is from IKEA, one of our best buys. The lighting arrangement above the dining table is all Erik’s. This was “his” thing to make in the apartment. He spent countless hours at Home Depot and online to find the right light bulbs and cords. With a little help from an electrician we got it the way we wanted it. The poster with the adorable message Like Forever is a limited edition from Village.
The first thing we did in our bedroom was paint the brick walls white. Our amazing contractor thought we’d totally lost it when he saw it a few weeks later. This was a job we will never do again though. I almost had a melt down after painting for several hours and realizing that I had only covered a small patch. It took the two of us a whole weekend to paint this. But it was worth it! Now it doesn’t feel like sleeping in a prison cell. But things can get too white and we decided to paint the wall behind the bed a dark brown/grayish color. Much better! Because of the high ceiling we needed curtains with extra length, we found these great silk ones at Restoration Hardware.
The bed spread is from a local store here in Williamsburg called Sleep. As a skilled ebay buyer I spent some well invested time looking for mid-century furniture and we found our small, miss-matching night stands in Germany. The cost of them together worth shipping was still so much cheaper than buying anywhere in New York.
We have a really long hallway and needed to find both the perfect credenza that could swallow a lot of junk and a carpet that was the exact right size. The credenza with 9 drawers is another amazing ebay find from Long Island actually. The great carpet which we love is from Dash & Albert. The hanger is from Design Within Reach and designed by, who else, Charles and Ray Eames. Love their work!
The kitchen was my biggest joy when we moved in. From having a tiny kitchen in Manhattan with literally a mini bar as a fridge, no fan and a non working oven, this was heaven! We started cooking at home a lot and still do. Wine and food are two important ingredients in our life and we love having people over for dinner.
Instead of putting up shelves for books and magazines we simply stacked them in piles on the floor. We are magazine junkies and the piles grow higher and higher every week. I have always had my books this way, even back in Sweden, but some day when I grow up I might invest in a proper book shelf.