sneak peek: mike and emma of m+e

Emma & Mike’s Brooklyn Home Tour from David Land on Vimeo.

This is one busy couple. Mike and Emma have only lived in this home in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, for a little over a year. Michael Fusco runs a design studio out of the house, where he designs book jackets, record covers and identities. Together with his wife Emma Straub, they operate M+E, designing and silkscreening posters for bands such as The Magnetic Fields and Broken Social Scene, as well as custom wedding invitations. Emma is also a fiction writer, and her first book of short stories titled Other People We Married will be published in February. Photographer David Land sent us this great peek with a little video! It’s so fun to to see all the angles of this 100-year-old home! Thanks Mike and Emma! (Photos by David Land, styling by PJ Mehaffey)Amy A.

The house is 100 years old, and we wanted to respect that while keeping it as cheery and colorful as possible. We love to mix prints and fabrics, and having a house meant we could finally use things we’d been storing in the closet for years. We live in the house with our two cats, Killer and Gravy Boat. Killer appears as a black blur and Gravy Boat was no doubt hiding under the bed when these photos were taken.


Image above: We bought the flowery fabric for the cushions on eBay and had been waiting to use it. We bought the furniture cart coffee table out of some guy’s garage in Madison, WI. The Alex Katz print of Kenneth Koch also came from eBay. We got a good deal because of a small tear on the lower right edge of the print. The sofa was the biggest purchase we made when we moved into the house, and it’s still exciting to be able to lie down simultaneously. The rug was another bargain. It was a floor model at Anthropologie.


Image above: We made the headboard ourselves with fabric from Ikea. Emma bought the chair for $20 in high school and we just had it recovered, also with Ikea fabric.


Image above: Our friend Michael Hearst drew these incredible portraits of our cats. They are our favorite works of art. The rest of the art on the wall came from 20×200, the A.I.R. Gallery, Tugboat Print Shop and Disneyland.


Image above: The guy who owned the house before us was a professional woodworker and built this platform bed for his son. Emma now uses it as her office, and Killer often likes to visit.

CLICK HERE for more of Mike and Emma’s Brooklyn home!


Image above: The house came with a treehouse. How anyone could not buy a house that came with a treehouse is beyond us. It sold us immediately. Last spring we built a deck and put up a hammock and now it’s Shangri-La.


Image above: We call this room our library. The painting over the sofa is by Susan Bee. The Pendleton blanket on the back of the couch cost us $30 at an antiques mall in Wisconsin.

  1. Liz says:

    Love the house & totally cool backyard. Where did you get the string lights hanging over the hammock?

  2. Kiki says:

    Nice to see the Wisconsin-found stuff. I’m from Madison and we certainly do have some great artisits and vinatge/ antique shops. The color of the office looks very similar to that of our kitchen. (Ace hardware- Orange Smoothie) Thanks for sharing your home!

  3. gail walker says:

    fabulous home! love the clean design that is so clearly reflective of the creative folks who live there!

  4. Dani Kreeft says:

    i can’t imagine i’ll add anything new to this feed, but i agree with EVERYONE.
    so lovely. especially the little nook and the wall color…sigh, so stunning.

  5. It’s so amazing to have that outdoor space in brooklyn, I love the tree house!!

  6. I love the molding on the walls. Adds so much character.

  7. Abbey says:

    This is a beautiful home! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I love everything about this home, especially the cheerful colors and the decorative molding! Such a charming little house, I’ve saved this in my future home inspiration files!

  9. Robyn says:

    Can you please share where you got the throw on the gray sofa (the red and blue plaid). Love it.

  10. Brooke says:

    So… where is the couch from? The large dark one with the
    chaise.

  11. Brooke says:

    sorry, jumped the gun, read the rest of the posts and found
    it. Love everything about this home!

  12. I love the color of home. There are bookshelf in some room (I love book, btw) and the out door space

  13. Lucy says:

    Loved every single image. What a lovely, talented couple. Truly a beautiful home. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Kari says:

    I love this space! Where did you get the couch? I would love a similar one. Thank you, Kari

  15. Teiv says:

    Amazing home! I love this. Thanks for sharing…

  16. Chipu says:

    This home is beautiful. I love this !

  17. Thân Hạ says:

    Tuyệt vời quá Tôi rất thích không gian này ước gì mà được thưởng thức ở đó nhỉ

  18. I like your bedroom, it very nice

  19. katharine says:

    ADORABLE

  20. Elizabeth says:

    I wish I could learn what the red color and that shell pink was….So lovely.

  21. nha dep says:

    Love it! It’s a wonderful place for couple. Thanks for share!!!

  22. Sieu thi cua says:

    This design is fantastic ! it’s realy beautiful !

  23. I love the house, great!
    I love the bed and I like design realy beautiful

  24. This design is fantastic! Love it! it’s realy beautiful ! Thanks!

  25. This design is fantastic ! it’s realy beautiful ! Love it! it’s realy beautiful ! Thanks!

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