While this is not the first time — and surely not the last — that the home of sisters Hollister and Porter Hovey has been online, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to get a deeper look inside and see some of the fresh changes (like a new wall color) they’ve made to the place. While Hollister works as a publicist for pharmaceutical and biotech companies, she is highly regarded for her lifestyle blog. Porter also works in PR, promoting popular bands, and in her spare time she works as a photographer. A true romantic, Porter also posts vintage photos and quotes on her blog devoted to romance. The two are currently teaming up to decorate a Williamsburg waterfront penthouse apartment for the owners of Stranger Records, but today, we have a sneak peek into their own home, whose style they fabulously call “Hemmingway meets Kelly Wearstler meets colonial chic.” Thanks, Hollister and Porter (who shot all the images)! — Anne
Image above: Our mom always had a huge influence on our style. So when Hollister came home and told our mom that she would be making a papier-mache animal in her second-grade art class, Mom suggested that she make something grand that would look good in the house . . . like a leopard. This guy was the result, and he’s been sitting in front of mantles for over 20 years.
Image above: A few days into the New Year, we had a few friends over and were chatting over pizza and beers. Suddenly, our previous bookcase (that never seemed too sturdy) came crashing down. A few weeks later, we luckily found this gem rescued from the Taunton, MA, insane asylum from the great people at Moon River Chattel. It was an epic battle to fit it into the apartment. The owner of the shop and his team had to cut off the top, slice it down the middle and then rebuild it once it got inside. We’re forever grateful.
The rest of the Hovey sisters’ sneak peek continues after the jump . . .
Image above: We were exposed to the idea of having nice luggage and purses from an early age. Our mom carried our diapers in a giant LV tote and created little designer-bag-loving monsters as a result.
Image above: Just like anyone, we love getting a good deal. But we really struck gold with the things in this photo. The cabinet came from the basement of the Bedford Cheese Shop. The owners of the building hadn’t touched things in the basement of the building since they had bought the space in the 1980s. Finally, one day they decided to have a sidewalk sale — we patiently waited and watched them bring up little pieces of history (the building was originally a pharmacy in the 1920s) until they just asked us if we would like to go to the basement and see what else we might like. We bought the display case, about 100 amber bottles, old herbal displays and great old cards. The swan was part of a duo that once fought over diamonds in a Fifth Ave. store window. We bought them from a stylist who was moving out west.
Image above: Whenever we travel, we always think it’s important to bring back something special from our journey. Around day 9 1/2 of a 10-day vacation to Istanbul, I really didn’t have anything to show for all of our walking and exploring. Of course, in the 11th hour we came across this wonderful, tiny shop, tucked into an alley. I picked the gold military belt and pin. I thought it would be great to display it on my dress form for a bit of a contrast. I was so excited that on the next adventure to Prague, I found this vintage mining helmet.
Image above: Our friends come over to our place . . . and after a few beers, spontaneously put on pith helmets and start poking each other with vintage rifle cleaners. For some reason, it never gets old.