When prop stylist Lauren Shields started decorating her apartment in Park Slope Brooklyn, the endeavor initially operated as one large testing ground for craft projects. Her job has her constantly pounding the pavement looking for interesting objects and learning new tricks and techniques for achieving things on set. Her goal for her home was to create a space that felt welcoming to friends and to surround herself with things she really loved and found inspiring. After living here for four years, Lauren’s itching to try a whole new look with the space. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next! Thanks, Lauren! And thanks to Poul Ober for the photographs! — Amy A.
Image above: The old double school desk was rescued from a dumpster behind my house and works perfectly as a sofa table and surface for my record player and records. Underneath are two storage cubes on wheels, which were an old Ikea purchase that I reupholstered in John Robshaw fabric that I found at a sample sale. The tin ceilings are 10-feet high, so I custom-made some curtains that would be tall enough. The wall color is Benjamin Moore Palladium Blue.
Image above: I sampled about eight paint colors in search of an exact brown paper-bag color. But sadly, I can’t remember now what that paint color is! The bed is Crate and Barrel with John Robshaw bedding. I repainted the nightstand and Ikea wall-mount lamps. The silhouette is of my father when he was nine years old, and the double curtains are handmade by me. The rug is Ikea and the chair is Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, which I found on Craigslist.
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Image above: I found these tealight holders about 12 years ago in Amsterdam and have never seen anything like them again.
Image above: I painted a giant chalkboard on the wall and then framed it in painted wood molding and a tray to mimic an old-school chalkboard. The rug is from the ABC Carpet & Home basement remnant warehouse. I can’t remember the wall color!
Image above: I have thousands of pieces of fabric, and instead of having them in a box, I took my favorite ones and stretched them over embroidery hoops in my craft room. Seeing all the colors, embroidery and pattern really makes me happy, and most of them were too small to make anything out of anyway.
Image above: I’ve collected Colors magazine since I was a teenager, and this is part of my collection. The message, “You Only Get Better With Age,” I printed out on my home printer as a friendly reminder during a recent birthday. The art with the two animals was left from a good friend and former roommate, but sadly, we can’t remember the artist’s name!
Image above: The green and white rug is from the ABC Carpet remnant basement (my favorite place in New York City!), and the black and white Moroccan pouf was carried back by my paternal grandmother from Morocco on her solo travels around the world when she was 65 years old. It was given to my father, who handed it down to me a few years ago. It’s one of my favorite things I own. The white bench/coffee table was found on the street. The sofa is the Crate and Barrel Petrie sofa. Pillows are John Robshaw and handmade. The “art” above the sofa is just a holding place for a project I haven’t gotten around to yet; it is just a cheap piece of fabric stretched around foam core. The nesting glass side tables are Ikea.