Kimi Weart and Paul Galloway are a creative couple of artists. Kimi owns A Printable Press, which creates customized print-ready stationery, and runs the blog Field Papers, while Paul works in MOMA’s design and architecture department. When they learned they were expecting, they knew they needed to find a larger place. They came across this two-bedroom fixer-upper in Prospect Lefferts Gardens overlooking Prospect Park, snapping it up just as another contract fell through. Paul did an enormous amount of the renovations himself, and the nursery was a wood shop until two weeks before their son August was born (he’s now 5 months). Kimi’s true goal is to have a home that can be described as “urban rustic,” or something out of Where the Wild Things Are, that reflects their personalities. For the moment, she sums up their style as “Impulsive Eclectic Along With a Lot of Books and Toys and Branches.” Thanks, Kimi and Paul, and to their dear friend and talented photographer, Trevor Tondro, for the fabulous shots! – Anne
The rest of Kimi and Paul’s sneak peek continues after the jump . . .
Image above: This is a corner of our bedroom showing our summer view of trees. The chair is a Craigslist find that we had let fall into disrepair, so I cut up a blanket and sewed covers for the cushions.
Image above: This is our workspace/dining table for parties. The chairs are all street finds from over the years. I made the hanging light, and Paul indulged me when I said, “I want to nail a big branch into the wall.”
Image above: For the first time in our lives, we have an eat-in kitchen! The cabinetry, countertops and sink are all from Ikea. Paul assembled them and also stained and sealed the countertops, built the shelves and painted the floor.
Image above: Most of these objects are from my mother — she is an avid collector with an amazing eye and brings me things that she thinks I might like. The red highchair is an antique Thonet that she found when I was a baby and that we recently fixed and painted.
Image above: This is a little vignette on top of August’s dresser. I’ve always compulsively bought little toys and now have the perfect excuse for having them around. The artwork is by Alexis Rockman, a friend of mine, and is of a wombat.
Image above: These are shelves Paul built along one wall of our living room. They house a lot of our books and comics, and the top is perfect for impatient collectors like us who bring something home and then just want to stick it somewhere. There are antlers I’ve collected from the woods over the years, artwork from stoop sales and friends, rocks from hikes — things like that. However, I’m realizing that nothing here is very baby-proof . . .
Image above: Our bathroom is what we call The Money Room because it cost so much renovate (we had to give up the notion of doing it ourselves). It had to be completely gutted from the pipes on up. But we now have the perfect little black hex tiles that feel so nice on the feet. The basket is from a trip to Mexico, and the little yellow ducks are from the Museum of Modern Art.
Image above: Here I’m sitting with Moke the cat and Mila the dog by our bedroom bookshelves. These are the sci-fi and fantasy and young adult novel shelves — perfect for bedtime reading! The artwork is a print by Rob Ryan. The cat is perpetually suspicious of the dog.
Image above: This is my work area in the living room. The shelves house all of my supplies and technology plus two ships I put together from kits. We want to replace the table, so I’m allowed to paint on it or splash ink or generally get it as dirty as I want.
Image above: These are some of my sketchbooks and most-used art supplies, with a corner of a print I made, which you can see in the kitchen, too. (Editor’s note: You can download the print here.)