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!
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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.