sneak peek: whitney + dustin of oh, darling!


Whitney and Dustin are the amazing wedding- and lifestyle-photography duo behind Oh, Darling. I met Whitney and Dustin this summer after they moved in January from Savannah so that Whitney, who also writes Darling Dexter, could return to school to study fashion design. And then in June, they moved again from a tiny East Village studio sublet to a larger space in Brooklyn. I was super impressed to find that, just a few months later, they were completely settled in! With Whitney in school, the couple is on a tight budget, so little by little they phase out cheaply made stuff in favor of items that they’ll want to keep forever. (See the full set on Flickr!) A big thanks to Whitney + Dustin! Amy A.

In old brownstones, we feel you really have to strike a balance with the old and the new. We’re renters, so cosmetically we can’t do very much and we try to incorporate old vintage pieces with newer, more functional furniture that allow us to maximize our small space. We tend to incorporate flea market/auction finds (wooden chair/typewriter table by bay window, end table with lamp by the couch, computer table, and bar stools) with more budget-friendly modern furnishings. We’re originally from the North Carolina mountains, so we usually get our vintage finds while visiting down south. We’ve found that to be a much cheaper and more enjoyable experience. We like our home to feel peaceful and clean, yet lived in. We’re not huge decorators so the process of putting our home together just happens simply and organically (and whenever we can afford things).

[We’re] trying to find items we really want to continue building our home with — consciously designed, well-made furnishings that are timeless and get better with age (instead of throw-aways that end up on the sidewalk every time we move). Space-wise, we could definitely use another closet or room — what New Yorker couldn’t? We literally have things packed into every possible nook, but try to get our home clean and clutter free.


Image above: Our apartment has 12-ft. tall ceilings! And in each room we have a non-working brick fireplace that goes from the floor to the ceiling.


Image above: We’ve had this couch for years. We can never seem to get rid of it — it’s the only piece of furniture that will fit in our tiny apartments. Thankfully it doubles as a futon for when we have guests.


Image above: We are lucky enough to have our own private deck that is amazing during the summer. Unfortunately we’re in the process of redecorating that space because of trees that fell during the tornadoes a few weeks ago!

CLICK HERE for more of Whitney + Dustin’s Brooklyn apartment!


Image above: We picked up these amazing vintage bar stools from the Brooklyn Flea.


Image above: We technically only have two rooms in our apartment, so making our space multifunctional is crucial. Our main living area serves as the kitchen, office, dining, and living room. We have these pretty amazing pocket doors that are around 10-ft. tall that separate our bedroom from the main living space.


Image above: Although we are north facing, we have an amazing bay window that pours in light all day long.


Image above: We often use props from previous photography jobs to decorate our apartment (e.g., red telephone, American flag, pennants, etc.).


Image above: To create more storage in our bathroom, I made a skirt for the sink with fabric, which really helped disguise disgusting pipes and gave us a little more space.

  1. Trude says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. Amazing what they’ve done with such a small space! :)

  2. Leigh says:

    I will second Gayle & that I don’t find the use of a tattered American flag as a fire place runner appropriate.

    I know that the flag code isn’t law & it makes me old fashioned to believe that people should respect our flag for what it is, a symbol of our country, but that’s certainly not the way our flags are intended to be used.

    & no thanks, I won’t be getting over myself, before it is suggested, I’m perfectly content being old fashioned & patriotic.

  3. dessita says:

    The interior design here is realy lovely. The pictures are great and made from professional photographers. The accessoaries that are corelates with memories are just amasing. The proporsions, the placess of all the furnitures and accessoaries are the best. Feels like the 60s ;)

  4. Great ideas for what looks to be a tight budget!

  5. What a cute place! I especially like the red phone in the fireplace. This apt. is good sized compared to some of them I saw when visiting Williamsburg, Brooklyn a while back.

  6. Whitney says:

    The old 48-star flag was purchased for a photo shoot (from a bin full of other old, tattered flags) at a flea market..just thought we’d hang on to it because its sort of a unique historic relic. Honestly, we simply thought it might be more respectful to hang on to it rather than running the risk of it ending back up on the floor of a flea market or worse. Never meant it to be offensive or thought it might be construed as such. Just the opposite actually. Maybe we should have mentioned all of that up front. But, thanks for calling us out..we appreciate the constructive feedback!

  7. Eileen 2 says:

    The flag on the mantle: I love it. This is coming from someone who always puts the flag on her city porch on holidays. Someone who has a “no bumper sticker” rule for her car, but has been tinkering with the notion of adding one small rectangular sticker: A simple US flag. I carried the flag in my Girl Scout troop as a young girl, etc. Decorated my bedroom in red/white/blue with stars & stripes in 1976. Your old flag is wonderful.

  8. Jade says:

    This apartment is simply perfection: The wallmounted guitar, the mannequins, the framed maps & the you are my sunshine plaque. The red phone in the fireplace (the fireplaces & ceilings themselves) My dream abode!

  9. What an amazing decor job — and what a cute puppy! Love it all :)

  10. gwyn says:

    wonderful place! where did you get that amazing coffee table – I have been searching for one just like it!

    thanks!!!

  11. Yvonne says:

    where is the side table beside the couch from? Love it!! Lovely home!!!

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