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sneak peek: kimberly + john canale

by anne

Custom invitation and stationery designer Kimberly Canale of Inspired Goodness and her husband John, a menswear designer, live in a 635-square foot duplex in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Kimberly’s studio space is located on the second floor and in a small alcove of their bedroom. They purchased the apartment a year and a half ago after an exhaustive search, opting for a gut-renovation to make it their own. The result is a home that is comfortable, cozy and a place where they can display their most treasured possessions and collections, which are a reflection of their personal interests. Thanks so much, Kimberly, and thanks to Jen Huang for the photographs (#9 & #10 are by Kim)! — Anne

Image above: Our couch and chair are both covered in a charcoal fabric from Room & Board, from the Lenox collection, which has since been discontinued. The metal bar cart, from Anthropologie, holds John’s collection of latest liquor finds. It’s accessorized with vintage heirlooms like an old Super 8 camera from my grandfather and a crystal ice bucket that was my grandmother’s. The striped pillow is from Ikea, and the other is covered in Paul Smith fabric by Maharam.

Image above: The facade of the fireplace was originally covered in a decoupage of broken plates (a little too shabby chic for our tastes). We replaced the area with porcelain Wenge tile from Galactic in Brooklyn. The brass screen Kim found hiding in a booth at Stormville Antique Market (a total steal at $35!), and even though it took a few months to convince John how cool it was, he didn’t agree to bring it out from the basement until a visit to Highlands Bar had the exact same screen on display! The mantel is a piece of reclaimed wood, which had a former life as a railroad tie. We rotate trinkets and decorative objects on the mantle; shown here is a metal bike made from a soda can found on John’s trip to South Africa at a Johannesburg flea market. The steel scissors are from the same North Carolina flea where the bull’s head was bought.

Image above: The light fixture is by Roost and uses Edison bulbs, giving off a soft, old-fashioned look when turned on. The print above the sofa is a 1739 map of Paris, known as the Plan de Paris by Etienne Turgot. We bought it as a set of 25 panels; when fit together, it measure 96″ x 60″. The panels aren’t standard size, so we had to get custom frames, each made and assembled by hand to save a significant amount of money. In the background, you can spot one of two trays we picked up on a trip to Paris in a great store around the corner from the Pompidou Center by iBride. Both are Gothic-Renaissance style portraits of birds in 18th-century clothes. Our living room walls are a mix of Sea Haze and Dessert Twilight (Benjamin Moore).

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Image above: Our spiral staircase is the only original item left from our apartment pre-renovation. It has a perfect patina — the raw metal shows through the painted steel in the most well-worn areas. Along the walls leading upstairs, we have framed photos from our engagement and wedding portraits from all four sets of grandparents. It’s a great talking point as people slowly descend the stairs checking out each of the photos and asking us about them.

Image above: Our bedroom gets amazing natural light! We’ve tried to keep the bedding simplified with white linens and a 4-poster bed from Ikea. The bed is now a few years old, originally purchased for our last apartment, but it perfectly fit in the space between our two wardrobes, so it came with us to this place, too. The wall color in our room is a dark gray called Kendall Charcoal from Benjamin Moore, which we fell in love with. It adds some great contrast to the white linens and wardrobes. On either side of the bed, we have floor-to-ceiling white Pax wardrobes (Ikea, again). One set holds my clothes and the other holds John’s. Displayed on top are books, seasonal clothes and other collectibles.

Image above: Located in the far corner of our bedroom is my home office and soon-to-be baby nook. The space is right next to a large window that looks onto the garden below and a huge brick wall covered in ivy. My desk and chair are from CB2. John installed a large piece of peg board along the back wall that I use to store tools and supplies. I love having everything just an arm’s reach away! The metal stand next to the desk is a local flea market find. Most of the office accessories are from Ikea. The shelves hold a mixture of my favorite props for styling along with books, bins filled with ribbon, fabric scraps and other items that inspire me. On the top shelf sits my wedding bouquet and the cake topper from my parents’ wedding that we had on display at our wedding, both encased in glass domes.

Image above: At the top of our spiral staircase, we have an old console table that belonged to John’s Nana. It provides us an extra space for displaying collectables. The candy box is from a small shop in Provence; the cigar mold and crystal lighter were leftover props from an event I worked on, which we kept on hand since John is an avid cigar enthusiast. The large metal and wood “c” was a gift from me to John. It’s from Anthropologie, but I added some wood letterpress blocks so it can double as a place to hold John’s mail.

Image above: Here is an assortment of items that inspired me, including a vintage postcard of NYC, a little plastic puppy that we found in a grocery store vending machine (which from time to time we hide from one another). The glass bird was John’s Nana’s, another one of her passed-down “treasures,” and the ball of rubber bands is pretty much just something practical but it’s a nod to my love of office accessories.

Image above: The kitchen area of our apartment underwent the largest amount of change during the renovation. We removed a wall and extended it from a one-wall layout to an L-shape. It’s a tight space, but after spending countless hours measuring and designing layouts on Ikea’s Kitchen Planner, we were able to open it up to achieve the look we sought. The left wall centerpiece is the Ikea range hood, a must for a tiny apartment. We also were lucky enough to find a slender counter-depth fridge by Blomberg, which not only works to complement the other stainless steel appliances, but also doesn’t dwarf the other parts of the kitchen. Our countertops are made from Caeserstone in a color similar to Carrera marble. Accessories include a vintage Seth Thomas clock, a metal bottle crate and vintage tobacco tins from the local Park Slope flea market.

Image above: We picked up this antique metal bullhead in a North Carolina flea market while in town for a family wedding. It’s mounted next to our front door and holds house keys.

Image above: The entire bathroom has a stark black-and-white color palette, so texture and graphics play a really big part in keeping the space interesting. We recently found this octopus shower curtain by Thomas Paul. John is obsessed with all things nautical and this fits the bill. The shower is tiled floor to ceiling with white subway tile, gray grout and exposed chrome shower fixtures. The floors are white penny tile, and the perimeter of the room is covered in a matte black wainscoting. Accessories include leftover props from one of my projects and boxes from artist Wendy Addison purchased at Tinsel Trading Co.

Image above: These are just a sampling of pieces from John’s antique tool collection found on eBay. The print on the right wall was given to us by our brother-in-law, Nick. Done on a plotter, it gives an architectural perspective of popular cocktail recipes.

Image above: This vintage metal bin is filled with some 45 records from my grandfather’s collection and a mason jar that holds a ball of twine from Etsy.

Image above: The interior of our front door is painted with black chalkboard paint. We use it to list important upcoming events and reminders to one another.

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  • John is my brother & Kim is my sister-in-law — I admire their taste so much and their apartment is such an amazing space! I am thrilled to see it featured here. They are a talented pair!

  • Oooh, I love this sneak peek. I love the light fixture with the hanging bulbs, the peg board above her desk, and all the wall grey-ish wall colours. So cozy.

  • Looking at the thumbnails I saw the octopus and thought it was the popular octopus triptych; I had no idea it would be a shower curtain! So cool. Is Thomas Paul the same artist as the triptych? I really love the impact in such a small space.

  • The first thing that caught my eye about this sneak peek was the hanging light bulb fixture (which I love), but there are so many other great things about this sneak peek – the spiral staircase, octopus shower curtain, and chalkboard door are a few of my favorites!

  • oops should have read closer, i see that the paint color is included in the description now!

  • I’m loving every little detail! You can tell that a lot of love & thought went into this space. That fireplace screen is simply stunning!

  • That AMAZING art deco fireplace cover compelled me to comment.
    So while I’m at it:
    Bar cart!
    Cost prohibitive octopus shower curtain!
    Love it all together.

  • Such a beautiful, genuine home! It feels warm, welcome and authentic to who they are as individuals and then also as a couple. Just from seeing this I feel like I know them a little bit haha! Thank you John and Kimberly for sharing it, and thanks Grace for posting it!

  • I love your light fixture and would love to get one of my own! I’m thinking of putting it in a room that has less natural light than yours though. Do you think it would give off enough light?

  • what a great home! i love the pieces they’ve collected over time.

    haha, i’d be in trouble with a bar cart that close to my couch! ;)

    and we have our guest room painted kendall charcoal and i love the color as well. i recently made the decision to use white linens and the photo they shared makes me want to go shopping for sheets & blankets!

  • I love it. I love the greys and simplicity. There is something raw about this interiors, not in unpleasant way, but in relaxing and natural way.
    I rarely see a place that I could move in and feel like in my own without changing a thing.
    This is one of them

  • Hey everyone! Thank you so much for your lovely comments about our home. Your sentiments express exactly how we feel about the space!

    @Ben, the print behind the couch is the Plan de Paris Map from 1739 by Etienne Turbot. You can find out more about it here: http://www.inspiredgoodness.com/blog/2009/10/30/1739-plan-de-paris-map.html

    @Mershanks, the print above the fireplace is a reproduction of a vintage German Schoolhouse diagram. It’s of an Owl – here’s a link to where you can buy it online: http://theevolutionstore.com/store/birds-of-prey-dp1200

    We unmounted it from the dowels and framed it, which gives it such a beautiful vibe in the room. Plus it’s a nod to John’s Nana, the inspiration behind our collection of Owls!

    @Ali, the light fixture gives off really subtle lighting. We only use it at night because our LR gets such great natural light. But we usually supplement the light with one or two task lights. It’s lovely – if you are into it, try looking in Anthropologie. I’ve seen it in some of their store locations.

    @Erin, the bar cart is tempting and John keeps it pretty well stocked. We always joke people must think we drink an awful lot but I love the vibe it gives off. Think everyone should have something inviting on display!

    Big thanks again to Grace and Anne for including our home on D*S. It’s awesome to know we’re among the ‘cool kids’!!

  • I have spent weeks looking for a compact fridge as gorgeous as the one you found. Could you tell me where you bought it? I am not finding too many available in the US. thanks!!!

  • oh my staircase, brass fireplace screen & that lamp/chandelier – so much stunning in this home. very well curated.
    just all around stunning.

  • Love the apt! do you happen to remember what paint color the living room is painted in?
    Brand/name or #
    LOVE IT : )

  • First off, this house is amazing- I am going to bookmark it and use it for inspiration for ever more!
    Second, I was wondering how you propped up/mounted your wedding bouquet in the glass dome stand? I was married this past October, and have had my bouquet sitting on a shelf since the wedding- I want to display it but I also want to keep it protected! Your solution seems perfect… I just can’t quite figure out how you did it?
    Lovely, lovely home!

  • Hi Sarah! I actually have the bouquet placed in cut crystal tumbler – it gently rests against the side of the dome.

    Make sure you give plenty of room all around with the dome you purchase – it’s pricey but well worth the end result!

    Thanks for your kind comment!

  • Beautiful! So much fun.

    I LOVE your mantel. I’ve been looking for exactly that for my bathroom. Did you make it or buy it? (And if so, where?)

  • This is the best Ive seen ! Absolutely love the dark colors mixed in with fresh whites and woods. I just fell in LOVE with this house! beautiful job!

  • I’m curious to know what little fixtures you attached to the pegboard in your office nook. I recently installed a pegboard and can’t seem to find the right little whosey-whatsits to put in the little holes to hang stuff on. Any ideas anyone??


  • Hi,

    I’m curious to know what little fixtures you attached to the pegboard in your office nook. I recently installed a pegboard and can’t seem to find the right little whosey-whatsits to put in the little holes to hang stuff on. Any ideas anyone??