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.
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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.