A Florist’s Brooklyn Home

today’s sneak peeks are some of my favorite from the past few months. this beautiful brooklyn railroad belongs to floral designer, nicolette owen of nicolette camille (camille is her middle name). i first saw nicolette’s work at joy’s site and have been following her online ever since. then last week sarah visited nicolette’s home and suggested i email her for a peek (click here to read sarah’s floral column on d*s). and boy am i glad did. i love the soft color palettes in nicolette’s home and all of the plants- it’s the sort of look i’d love to have, but could never master with my black thumb. nicolette was also kind enough to share some shots of her kitchen, which transforms into her flower studio when she needs to work. it’s always so great to see how people make their home and business life work at home. thanks so much to nicolette for sharing her home- you can see more of her beautiful floral work right here. nicolette’s home continues well after the jump so be sure to click “read more” at the bottom of the post to see the rest of her home. you can also click here for larger, and additional, shots on flickr (and “before” shots of the apartment!). [photographs by lesley unruh]

[image above: I live in a 100+ year old building on the williamsburg/bushwick border in Brooklyn. It’s a rail road style apartment with tons of beautiful old details- tin ceilings, molding and rich honey toned wood floors. I’ve accumulated all of my furniture and other decorative elements mostly from flea markets, stoop sales, thrift stores, family & friend hand-me-downs. I’ve painted all of my bedrooms some shade of blue for as long as I can remember. Each time I go into a paint store I force myself to look at colors other than blue and without fail I leave with 2 handfuls of paint chips in every shade of blue from midnight to bunny gray. This time around I fell for Blue Hydrangea from Benjamin Moore. Vanity above: I found a wonderful bedroom set from an estate sale on craigslist. Each area of apartment is a constant work in progress. I constantly have new ideas and compositions begin to grow out of something as simple as a twig taped to the wall. I’m fascinated by the natural world and have all kinds of pods, seeds, rocks, crystals, shells all over my house. ]

[image above: This lovely desk was a great yard sale find- i love the turquoise painted legs. The grape ivy and the lamp belonged to my grandmother. I collect old mirrors and am always moving them around the apartment to play with their light bouncing effects. ]

[image above: The apartment had this great old sink with these sweet little nooks built in above- perfect for all of my little bottles, plants and flowers! Hanging above is an antique Toran from India that I’ve had since high school.]

[image above: When I first saw this apartment each wall in the kitchen was painted a different color (bright orange, army green and a yellowish green and the molding was dark brown- actually the entire apartment was a mix of this palette). It was quite intense to be in the room and I immediately set out to lighten it up. After lots of primer (LOTS) and the help of many friends the kitchen was transformed! I decided on a soft blue (ok! it’s true! I adore blue!). I think the color is called cumulus cotton. The pale blue walls turned the kitchen into such a serene and peaceful space. This particular shade of blue I spend so much time in this end of the apartment working (it doubles as my flower studio), cooking and having friends over. ]

CLICK HERE to see 5 more photos of nicolette’s beautiful home after the jump…

[image above: kitchen dining table]

[image above: Cloud Wall, My cloud photos have graced a wall in every apartment I’ve ever lived in. This is just a small portion of my photographs, and it’s still growing! Perhaps one day I’ll have an entire room full of clouds? ]

[image above: left- book stack. right- sink nook]

[image above: (Living Room) Since my apartment is a railroad style the living room is open to the kitchen and does not have its own window. I wanted to embrace the rooms cozy feeling so I opted for yet another shade of blue. This time a rich teal blue. Its a dark color but it really adds to the coziness of the space. Initially I had ” what was I thinking!?” moment, but I have come to really love this shade. Naples Blue from Benjamin Moore. My bathroom is too tiny to get a good photo but just wanted to let you know I painted it a blue-gray. I managed to paint every room a shade of blue and I absolutely love it!]

[image above: nicolette’s kitchen, transformed into floral studio]

  1. Laura says:

    The cloud wall is so pretty, as are the mirrors. Love it.

  2. Melissa says:

    Beautiful home! I love how she used natural items like rocks, seeds and pods and vintage furnature. Thats my favorite way to decorate. I LOVE the antique mirrors everywhere. As I was looking through the photos I was wondering how she was able to have so many fresh flowers everywhere… then I saw the last two pics. That explains it! :)

  3. I love how botanical the house is. And what a serene bedroom, I would take a nap there for sure.

  4. Anna Lloyd says:

    Amazing and so personal. I love the natural details.

  5. irene says:

    Beautiful person, beautiful rooms,
    beautiful things and a talent for creating the most unbelievable bouquets from the heart.
    Check out Nicolette Camille’s web site small sampling of her amazing work!

  6. amy says:

    i love the white walls and all the textures created by the plants and glass and pictures. it’s such a calming space and so personal. i am inspired! thank you!

  7. Jessica says:

    I am in love with the wall of clouds. I can’t get enough!

  8. Carleigh Lowe says:

    I love the simplicity of the small kitchen!

  9. Jane says:

    What is the paint color in the bedroom? I’m moving soon and have been looking for just such a color.

  10. Kloske says:

    I love the cloud wall. What a lovely home!

  11. yvonne says:

    Nicolette — thanks for sharing about the blanket!

  12. Priti says:

    Oh! How beautiful all the light shades of blue look in your home, Nicolette. I am not a major fan of blues but you just make it work.

  13. Ella says:

    This is lovely, Nicolette. I will be stealing your cloud wall idea. Do you know the beautiful website of the Cloud Appreciation society? http://cloudappreciationsociety.org/gallery/

  14. caroline says:

    Nicolette, your home is so beautiful! Possibly my favorite sneak peek, ever (tied with Domino’s photos of Blonde Redhead’s home). Good luck! I hope this exposure brings you lots of business ~ ~

  15. dagmara says:

    it is so wonderfull to see whimsical, dreamy and light in a modern interpretation. bless you your mind!!!!

  16. andrevs says:

    i JUST LOVE the flowers! they’re everywhere and they are beautiful, realy beautiful! thanks for sharing

  17. emma says:

    I Love love this place, so inspiraring for me, who can’t keep a plant more than a month. Thank you so much, I will tresure these pictures!

  18. Katherine says:

    Wow! Sooo pretty!
    I will be moving into a new space this upcoming May and have begun to think of the colours I want in various rooms… I keep coming back to blue as the answer. I wasn’t sure if blue would work in abundance but your place has convinced me otherwise.

  19. Katherine says:

    P.S. The cloud wall is amazing.

  20. Brianne says:

    I LOVE this place. It has inspired me to start collecting antique mirrors.

  21. Sarah says:

    Amazingly beautiful and inspiring. I love the unique, one of a kind look of the place. I have stopped during my hectic days at work to “visit” this sneak peek several times.

  22. i am head over heels in love with this apartment. i could move in tomorrow. :)

  23. Liivia says:

    love love love!!!

  24. Grace says:

    These pictures are beautiful!!! :)

  25. Dana says:

    Cant resist admiring all these pictures.

    I loved her cloud of photos put together and the round framed mirror above the table and also in the dining room.

    Love the teal blue wall too. : )

  26. Martha B. says:

    Absolutely charming!!

  27. Rebecca Burnham says:

    This is inspiring, truly inspiring. Especially now that we’re climbing out of cold grey winter into spring

  28. nique says:

    i cannot keep a cactus alive. honestly. i am in awe.

  29. Tatsu says:

    I keep coming back to look at this one. It’s probably the prettiest kitchen ever. Definitely one of my favourite sneak peeks, exquisite.

  30. I love the image of your kitchen so much that I added it to my own blog. You have such a lovely style.

  31. Dana & Diane says:

    Wow…That’s all we can say. your work is absolutely incredible! Your apartment has such a calm relaxed vibe and just makes us smile :)

  32. Katie says:

    I frequently check this site. Sometimes I think people contrive too much when it is clear that your art just finds its way out into your home. You aren’t trying for something… it is beautiful.

  33. Lulu says:

    Love your blue bedroom color. Want to use the same color for my bedroom. Could you tell me what is the paint color and who is it by?

  34. blythe says:

    I am a freelance florist from London England and have just stumbled upon her work, and its the first florist that has really blown me away……a beautiful home too really intricate…. i’m guessing she is one of those terribly annoying women, good at everything!

  35. Kate says:

    Your home resembles my idea of what heaven might look like. Tremendously lovely, thank you for sharing your photos.

  36. thank you for sharing….love the photo of the maiden hair fern in the urn ~ just lovely! (I think I need to run out & get one…)

  37. Emily says:

    Ah, the heaven house. How often I look at it.

    The ticking fabric below your sink is so practical and sweet, Nicolette. Where did you get it? I’m having difficulty finding ticking with wider stripes.

  38. Ivy says:

    Amazing home. So delicate, beautiful and serene. Very inspirational!

  39. melanie says:

    if i lived in this home i would probably just being going “ahhhhh” (in a good way) every time i walked into a room. it is absolutely beautiful! i love all the flowers and the cloud wall is fabulous! really really beautiful.

  40. Mari says:

    such a charming place! love it!

  41. Suz says:

    How are the clouds mounted to the wall? Are they done individually or mounted together somehow?

  42. Bobbie says:

    I have to leave a comment even tho I saw this post when it was first out..
    I love how this home has such a relaxed beauty. So inspiring!

  43. Jesi says:

    Magical space… and what a surprise to find out that it functions as a floral studio as well! I’m curious (Nicolette, Grace, readers…) to hear how Nicolette especially, and others who’s at-home work requires more than a computer, how the balance is pulled off. Especially with flowers; I’m assuming there is no refrigeration? How is the challenge of keeping blooms fresh mitigated in a NY apartment in say, July?
    Amazing, and thanks for sharing!

  44. Monika says:

    Lovely! <3 <3 <3

  45. AmyA says:

    So beautiful! Question… any idea where she got that amazing sparkle bedspread??

  46. Allison says:

    What is the colour of the blue in the first bedroom picture?

  47. Erin says:

    Absolutely loved this post. Gave me so many ideas and inspirations for redesigning my apartment. So excited to have found this and can’t wait for the next!

  48. Margot says:

    Looking at this 8 years on from the original posting and there is something so timeless and fresh about it. I always enjoy artists’ homes but lately I have been enjoying florists’ home just as much. But then floristry is an art.


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