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sneak peek: lauren stern

by Amy Azzarito


for this peek, we get a chance to look at two spaces designed by  lauren stern – her own home in carroll gardens, brooklyn and  her designs for a couple on the upper west side of manhattan. one of lauren’s all-time favorite activities is hunting down quirky antiques and objects with her fiancé on the couple’s travels and while home in new york. the challenge is then being able to incorporate those objects back into the couple’s carroll gardens, brooklyn home! so when decorating the apartment, lauren worked to create a neutral backdrop that would highlight their treasured finds, but didn’t feel like a museum. she’s managed to create a crozy, comfortable space filled with personality that works for their relaxed lifestyle.  {thanks, lauren! and thanks to uhuru for sending her our way! and many thanks to michael grimm for the lovely photographs!} amy a.

[Lauren’s home in Carroll Gardens above: The small pieces of artwork above the fireplace are framed hand-knit wool landscape scenes purchased at a farm in Copacabana, Bolivia. The embroidered antique textile on the back of the desk chair was purchased in Cusco, Peru.]


[Lauren’s home in Carroll Gardens above: The series above the sofa is a collection of Katagami (18th c mulberry bark kimono stencils) found throughout Japan. The table next to the sofa is from Shop Darr and is made from a steel garden fence. The green glass chandelier is made from hand-blown spheres found in Cairo, Egypt.]


[Lauren’s home in Carroll Gardens above: The nightstands are actually antique filing cabinets resting on inexpensive brass luggage racks. The bedspread was purchased at a vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina.]


[Lauren’s home in Carroll Gardens above: Art work is highlighted in this little office nook. The red poster of girls with a camera was bought at a used cd store in Berlin, Germany. Leaning again the wall underneath the window is a poster of a man watering flowers. This was a wedding gift that my parents received from hippie friends. (And yes, the plants depicted are all different drugs!) The painting on the easel is by Lisa Congdon. On the floor, next to the easel are tall glass vases from Intérieurs.]


CLICK HERE to see Lauren’s work on the Upper West Side!


[Upper West Side apartment above: The kitchen backsplash tiles are replicas from Monet’s house in France. We purchased many antique light fixtures and re-purposed them – the kitchen lights were from a ship.]


[Upper West Side apartment above: The bedroom chandelier is an antique brass Brutalist-style fixture.


[Upper West Side apartment above: The entry wallpaper is also vintage, found at Secondhand Rose in NYC.]


[Upper West Side apartment above: The dining table is actually an antique library table purchased at auction in Canada. The dining chairs are antique blue aluminium folding chairs.]

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