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sneak peek: the jewels of new york

by Grace Bonney

today’s home tour is a special sneak peek into the homes of diana and lisel of the jewels of new york. this afternoon they’ll be sharing two delicious recipes with us for in the kitchen with friday, so i thought it would be perfect to catch a little glimpse of their homes before we get cooking with them. these talented women certainly have a way with design and photography so, let’s take a peek into their beautiful brooklyn homes…

[images above: Diana’s Apartment: I live in Red Hook, one of the oldest industrial neighborhoods in Brooklyn. It has the feel of a sleepy, abandoned shipping port and for me is one of the most peaceful places in New York. My apartment is a charming prewar with tin ceilings and molding. It is so old, that over time it has become slanted. The first time I noticed was after I moved in and baked a cake that came out completely crooked. This room is my kitchen- This is the place where Lisel and I spend the most time. We are constantly cooking, experimenting with new recipes, and having friends over for meals. I wanted the feel of the kitchen to be soft and feminine, with hints of copper to bring some warmth. I was inspired to hang my pots and pans on the wall after seeing Julia Child’s kitchen.]

[image above: Diana’s Apartment: This is my chicken coop that serves as an open pantry where I store produce, canned foods, and my favorite cooking ingredients. It is replicated from vintage chicken coops and was handcrafted in upstate NY. You can find them online at Sundance.]

[image above: Lisel’s Apartment: I recently moved to the historical neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights. It’s full of beautiful architectural details, cute shops and charming cobblestone streets. Lisel’s Dining Table: I love farm tables and always dreamed of owning one, so when I first saw David Ellison’s work at the Lorimer Workshop there was no hesitation in contacting him. It was a two month wait but I have to say it was well worth the wait! This trestle table is my favorite piece of furniture.]

[image above: Diana’s Bedroom- I love melancholy blues. They make me feel relaxed and fresh. It was difficult for me to find the subtle shade I was looking for, so I ended up layering white paint over a vivid blue. My bed is a soft white because I want to feel like I’m waking up on a cloud every morning.]

CLICK HERE for the rest of The Jewels of New York sneak peek (and full-sized images) after the jump!

[image above: Diana’s Bedside Table: The history of Red Hook inspired me to collect nautical and Dutch objects. On my bedside table I have Japanese fishing floats, a brass anchor candlestick holder, sailor knots, and a Dutch pipe. My very favorite object is a black 18th Century Wedgwood Basalt Creamer given to me by my friends at Bower antiques.]

[image above: Lisel’s Bedroom: I’ve kept my bedroom simple and spare, it is the coziest nook in the apartment.]

[image above: Lisel’s Bedside Table: These are some everyday objects that I’ve collected in the past years. One of my favorites is a cameo inspired necklace, which has a piece of cognac leather with a horse’s head stamped into it.]

[image above: Diana’s Bathroom: I picked up this dreamy little mushroom cluster from my favorite ribbon and crafting store Tinsel Trading. It is by Wendy Addison, known for her handcrafts made from vintage materials.]

[image above: Sitting on the steps in front of Lisel’s apartment.]

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