sneak peek: bernadette pascua & andrew stinson


When I first saw these photos, the balcony convinced me that it was somewhere in Europe. It turns out that illustrator Bernadette Pascua and fashion photographer Andrew Stinson live just down the street from me in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This was the couple’s first grown-up apartment together (full kitchen, dishwasher, no roommates), and it’s been a team effort to turn the space into a home that balances Bernadette’s affinity for the lacy and feminine with Andrew’s love of clean lines. They’ve found their middle ground with Art Deco furniture and have been particularly inspired by the Wiener Werkstätte of turn-of-the-century Vienna, so they are slowly collecting furniture that fits their shared aesthetic. Thanks, Bernadette, Andrew & Rocky! — Amy Azzarito

Image above: A good whiskey drink is always in order at the end of a long work day; this is our tiny bar setup. The black and white art deco cabinet is an actual bar from the 1920s — it folds open and has compartments for bottles of wine. We found it at Brimfield (Ed. note: The design*sponge team went to Brimfield this year, too!), and the paint is original. It also had cast-iron wheels on the bottom, which we removed, so it could fit under the Lucite console from CB2. The painting was done by my friend Catherine Pearson. I love how her painting colors match the Bruce Davidson book set —it’s a signed copy that I got Andrew for Christmas one year.


Image above: My own personal little oasis in the form of a vanity desk. I found this vanity at a vintage warehouse in Brooklyn, and Andrew stained it black. The stool is also vintage that I reupholstered myself.

The rest of Bernadette and Andrew’s home continues after the jump. . .


Image above: A framed watercolor painting by me (and for sale here!). The brass hook is vintage with a Mayle belt and black knit peacoat from Phillip Lim. I used to work for Phillip Lim, and this is by far my favorite piece from all the time I worked there; they didn’t make very many of them. It’s so special to me that it deserves its own hook.


Image above: Our bedroom, my favorite room of the apartment. Since the apartment is part of a new complex with no structural old charm, it felt too much like an all-white hotel room. So we made it feel moodier by painting it all black, save for the ceiling and trim. We used Behr’s paint in “Black Suede.” A lot of favorite vintage finds in this room — the beat-up dark wood dresser; the Danish chair that we got for $10 at a yard sale upstate (reupholstered myself); the faded, pale purple ikat rug; the vintage original film photograph of a young boy in a fur coat. We don’t know who took it, but we love the mysteriousness of it. Fingers crossed that we come across the perfect vintage headboard for the bed one of these days.


Image above: I love this vintage wooden trunk in the main hallway of the apartment; it’s a hand-me-down from my parents. Inside, I keep all of the vintage coats and vintage furs that my mom passed on to me. The print is an Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin poster from Matthew Marks Gallery; we got it framed at AI Friedman. The rug and coat rack are vintage (the hat hanging is Rag and Bone). The chair is also vintage, salvaged from a 1950s movie theater. I reupholstered the seat myself with a scrap of sample fabric from my textile project days. The chair is great because it folds. Living in the city, you can never have enough folding chairs; they store easily and are perfect for when you need extra chairs for guests.


Image above: This is part of our large computer desk in the office. The photograph is by Andrew; it’s from a photoshoot we did together where he shot and I styled the model. It looks over a little set-up of a framed original Japanese Pochoir print, fashion illustration books, a vintage lamp, a Starck Victoria Ghost Chair and a Moroccan wedding blanket pillow from ABC Carpet & Home.


Image above: A corner of my drawing desk with the tools of the trade — where all the magic happens!


Image above: I collect vintage plates, and my favorite pink and black Japanese Art Deco plate peeks out from behind a bouquet of anemones from Sprout. Sprout Home is a nice short walk from the apartment, and they always have such an incredible selection of a la carte flowers that changes seasonally. I always like to pick up a couple of buds for the coffee table — it always brightens up the house.


Image above: The living room, dining room and kitchen are all in one big, open room, with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors on one wall that open up to a balcony, which overlooks the bridge and the city lights. We’re still waiting to make that big leap of investing in a grown-up couch, so for now, we have a basic white IKEA couch. The black and white flat cushion makes it a little more interesting; it was made by Jane Mayle. I was so lucky to be able to intern for her when I was in college; she is such a style icon. She had a pop-up sale recently where she was also selling furniture she used in the shop, so I was happy to have this pillow. The rest of the pillows are a mix from West Elm. The Lucite coffee table is from CB2, and the lamp is a vintage Koch and Lowy from Brimfield. Andrew found the vintage chrome side chair in Texas, and originally, it was a brown chenille. We had it reupholstered in all white at Beatrice Upholstery to make it more modern.


Image above: The opposite side of the living room wall, with a collection of prints — the large black and white photo is an original Helmut Newton lithograph (“Criox-Valimer” 1976), the smaller black and white is an original tear from a 1937 Mieux Vivre Zine (I have two copies of the zine, I love it so much) and a watercolor painting by me. The Lucite folding chair was a find off eBay. We love using Lucite in the main room; since the apartment’s small, the Lucite is light on the eyes. The chair is covered with a blanket Andrew brought back from Ibiza and my favorite Isabel Marant Yuli Scarf that I like to also use as a throw sometimes.


Image above: Since the three main rooms are in one open space, it was a challenge to be able to mesh it all together visually while keeping them separate. Having the table behind the couch makes it feel like its own area. Neil Young presides over the dining area. Andrew and I saved up to buy this photograph by Henry Diltz (at Morrison Hotel Gallery). We are both from areas outside of a city, so it reminds each of us of home.


Image above: The windowsill of our bedroom, and Rocky’s favorite spot to nap under when the sun streams in.


Image above: A small collection of glassware in the kitchen. It’s a mix of vintage, ABC Home & Carpet glassware, Dorothy Thorpe and CB2, plus a couple vintage ceramic elephants for good luck.


Image above: Our little kitchen nook — we bought the island from IKEA and put up the metal backsplash and shelves from Pottery Barn to make it feel separate from the living room and dining area. The island is stocked with miscellaneous dishware and a large vintage mirrored box that holds my collection of sunglasses (of all things). On the metal shelves are royal Copenhagen cups, a vintage tray, Kromex spice jars and Danish salt and pepper shakers from Brimfield. All of this vintage tableware I like to collect is scattered around the kitchen, with newer pieces from ABC Carpet & Home, Brook Farm General Store, Moon River Chattel or Whisk in Williamsburg thrown in the mix.


Image above: One of our favorite movies of all time is La Collectionneuse by Eric Rohmer. For our anniversary one year, Andrew got me an original vintage German poster of the movie, and we put it in the bathroom since it has a beachy feel to it. It hangs above a small vintage side table from the flea market that we use as a table for all of our perfume and little beach finds. The perfume tray is from Jonathan Adler, and a vintage wire gym basket holds all of our towels.


Image above: The framed flower print on the desk is my own, from my first-ever commission for J.Crew. It was to paint black linework drawings of plants and flowers. Original flower prints will be available here. The other framed image is an original vintage Japanese woodblock print, and the large photograph behind the desk was taken and given to us by our friend Ryan Bailey.


Image above: The office opens into the patio, so luckily for me, I can draw with the door open when it’s warm, and Rocky likes to sunbathe. We’ve tried our hand at growing a little city garden. So far, we have about 20 varieties of plants and herbs growing back there. The table is a flea market find with mismatched vintage chairs found here and there. I reupholstered them in vinyl-sided fabric from Mood. The striped rug is a cheapie from Ikea, so it’s easy to replace, since it’s Rocky’s favorite place.

Rachel M

Wow. Black and white done right… this is beautiful. Who knew I would like a brass footed flower pot so much?

Lauriz

Not oparticularly my style, but some details are just lovely. Kitchen organizer for spices, and the painting area so tidy… also the computer spot… Thanks for sharing!

Marie

This is one of my favorite sneak peaks ever! I normally like more color, but the texture really makes it interesting and stimulating.

Charlotte

love this–calm and cozy all at once. what’s the source for the living room rug?

mel

amazing! that painting fromyour friend catherine is so beautiful. i am looking for something like that all over! any chance she is selling over the internet?

jlo

loved hearing both your tastes and then seeing your solutions to compromise throughout – great job!

Anni

Effortlessly stylish, I love the drama created by the confident use of black and the mix of materials (the dining table and chairs in particular) Perfection.

Laura

Similar question as above: Does your painter friend, Catherine Pearson have a website or sell online?

Kim (at www.loveumadly.com)

This apartment is amazing. I love each nook of each room. I love how Art Deco can be a home that actually looks like people live in it here (and are comfy). I love the lucite coffe table, I have stackable lucite side tables that are great for a small space.

Renata @ traceblog.com

I just finished reading Sibella Court’s book Etc. and I am sooo in love with these restrained vintage industrial inspired designs with the use of texture and neutrals like blacks, whites and browns. This apartment is amazing! Also, your painter friend is very talented. Her painting in the beginning caught my eye immediately! I would also love to know where I could buy some of her work.

Sara Cate

I love that print in the first photo. So calm and bold – how did the artist accomplish both at the same time!

Natasha

Its just like my style at home – chic mx of the old and the new, love it!

Naomi

Love the Viennese feel. And La Collectionneuse is a favorite of mine too!

Stephanie Press

Normally I’m not a huge fan of lucite, but the way they arranged it with vintage pieces has me rethinking it entirely. Thanks!

Kerri Farragut

I’m a color person, but this home completely caught me by surprise. The owners have a fantastic eye for placement and scale. And they added the perfect amount of silver and gold glitz to liven up the shades of black, white and gray. Love it all.

CT

Love this space. The first image of the Art Deco piece under the Lucite table really struck me. Everything seems well curated and considered. And who doesn’ love Lucite. Thanks for sharing.

Ann

wait wait, forget the fab house and all it’s cool stuff. IS THAT A SHIBA?
(I have one too!) Nothing makes a house more of a home, than coming home to the fun of the waggy curly little tail and the shiba happy smile.

Nicole B

the photography is amazing! And I absolutely love how “collected” your home is. Brillant use of lucite as well. I’ve never seen it in a home where I actually like it. The fact that you combine it with so many different textures works so well. I really enjoy your style. Thanks for sharing!

Charlene

GOOD GRIEF! One smashing sneak peak; minus the photo of the 5 year old in heavy make-up (creeps me out, I have to say) this couldn’t be any more perfect. I do love it! The artwork alone is enough for a second look, which i will do after posting. Thanks for sharing!

eva

normally I would now complain about lack of colour, but really, I don’t seem to miss it! I do see a lot of great stuff. Yay!

miss p

Love this apartment! It makes me rethink my space to see how I can make it lighter, airier like this. I follow the Decade blog and your work is great, Bernadette.

Emily

Beautiful place. I’ve been gazing at these photos for a solid half hour.
Anyone know where I can find the desk or something like it? Looks small enough even for my space!

Andrew

Man this has given me some nice ideas love the glass table on the creamy colored rug and the white chair plus loads of natural light, gives a spacious feel even if you do live in a shoe box. Nice one!

Jo

This living space is massively refreshing. Really lovely use of minimal colours and statement pieces of furniture. Really loving the home made water colour art too :)

Ryan

I’ve solved your headboard dilemma. Lucite. But seriously, you could paint Plexiglas or put a print / fabric / a photo collage behind it.

Karen@MSEnthusiast

This looks great. Well put together. I love the jars with the pencils in them. I love functional items that look nice in a space. The picture of the face with the hat hung over look so awesome. Very clever.:0)

bevy

the space is so serene and calming. a great place to be at the end of a long day. really liking the vintage vanity, probably because my grandparents had something very similar.

Patricia

I have probably looked at these photos a hundred times now and I can’t get over it. This couple is pretty much me in a box in terms of their style choices. Although, I do wonder what version that IKEA island cart is. I’ve checked the IKEA website and I can’t seem to find that exact one. Hmm…

heather

For the love of god, where in Williamsburg is this apartment?!? I’ve seen that ivy wall before. Behind no name in Greenpoint? I NEED to live here.

Mark Stinson

It’s great to see your apartment. Love the look, very warm and fun. Looking forward to visiting one day soon.
Dad

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