sneak peek: unusually fine

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Max Freeman and Margaret Singer are the duo behind Unusually Fine, a boutique photography studio focused on weddings and portraits based out of their home in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Their studio is where they meet with clients, shoot portraits, edit work and hang out (with their gold shark). The goal was to invite clients to a personal space that communicates their range of interests rather than having a separate office plastered with their wedding work. Their entire home is put together around objects they love rather than a particular scheme, making room for a bit of whimsy and some creative repurposing. The home is different from their last contemporary loft in Boston, but they are quite pleased with how their modern and minimalist tendencies work alongside the strong architectural bones of their Brooklyn brownstone. Check out more of what they’re up to on their blog. Thanks, Max and Margaret! — Anne

Image above: This is Max’s bedroom. The deer is an old archery target. (No, Max doesn’t hunt. He wishes all deer well.) We found the handsome table on the sidewalk. The textile is a malong that Max picked up in the Philippines.

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Image above: The shark is a leftover from an indoor pool party that we threw. We loved her so much that we decided to paint her gold and hang her from the ceiling. The framed picture is a Dali lithograph called “Versace.” On the mantle are a few carvings and masks that Margaret got in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.

The rest of Max and Margaret’s home continues after the jump . . .


Image above: This is our office/photo studio/living room.


Image above: This is Margaret’s bedroom. At the foot of the bed is her father’s old travel trunk. He worked overseas a lot, and each time he came home, he had a new sticker on the trunk and presents inside. The batik is from a trip to Indonesia, and it is the perfect weight for a summer bedspread.


Image above: Also Margaret’s bedroom. The dresser is a flea market find, and the big mirror is from IKEA. The top rug is from Jordan. The rug underneath adds contrast and texture.


Image above: Max’s bedroom was once the brownstone’s dining room, so there’s a low-hanging light fixture in the middle of the room. People kept bumping their heads on it! Stacking the books in this little tower seemed an attractive solution!


Image above: These two paintings were a gift from the artist, Gordon Teskey. They sit above our office shelves, where our batteries and office supplies coexist with our books and magazines and old cameras.


Image above: Margaret’s bedroom. A charming little corner set-up. As it turns out, a drawer atop a milk crate makes a great side table.


Image above: Max’s bedroom. The rusty, green metal drawers were found in an abandoned cabin in Vermont during a weekend trip. On the bottom shelf is a row of Converse hi-tops.


Image above: Margaret’s bedroom.


Image above: The range and built-in shelf are our favorite things in our sunny kitchen. Margaret got the Buddha head in Thailand, but we made the party hat at home.


Image above: This is the first time either of us has had a yard since childhood. We’re amateur gardeners, but we’re enthusiastic! We lifted the colorful crates from an obliging supermarket. We made the square planter out of the slats from an old bed. The tomatoes and beets represent our greatest achievement to date.

CandyAppleCrafts

An interesting and eclectic place. This one seems comfortable and lived-in, like most people would choose to live. I saw some interesting globetrotter pieces which make it different from the average home (at least in my experience). :)

juliet

Where is the hanging light bulb on the blue cord from? I think I have seen a hot pink one somewhere, too.

isabel

Thanks for sharing your home. i am curious about the artist Gordon Teskey and tried to locate him via goggle with no luck. does he have a website? thanks.

debbie

This is one of my favorite design sights, so it is much to my delight that Margaret and Max are featured. They were the photographers at my wedding and perhaps I’m biased, but I don’t think anybody else’s wedding photos are as good as ours. So cool to see their lovely space!

Katie

This is such a neat space! I love how well it is put together to accentuate the architectural detailing throughout.

I love that they aren’t afraid to feature found objects. I really love the milk crate/old drawer end table combo. It makes it so interesting!

Bryan S.

I am new to this site, but I am amazed by the wealth of talent and information shared. What brought me here originally was my (finally successful) attempt at finding the origin of Jason’s rabbit painting. I was wondering if I could get some more info on that piece, along with a closer shot of it.

Christiana

I love this home! Feels fresh and modern, but with lovely quirkiness and so much personality! Also, the photograhy/paintings above the fireplace is very striking :) Thanks for sharing!

Gordon

Canadians will recognize the Hudson’s Bay blanket on Max’s bed.

Pamphilia

Unless I am mistaken, the artist Gordon Teskey is also an English professor at Harvard, a Milton scholar.

MB@YarnUiPhoneAppv1.8

I’m all about grilling at home..anytime the weather allows it. It’s like a dose of summer during the winter. I like the Art Deco drawer atop the crate…btw, which would be a great way to store yarn…somehow I think a white crate so the yarn colours pop out big time!

isabel

Thanks Pamphilia for your suggestion. I know that Teskey is a faculty member at Harvard, but if he is also an artist, i don’t see any indication of it on the various websites about him. Maybe he has a twin? thanks.

Cassieanne

Your blog is wasting my day! I love looking at all the wonderful things! Love the Golden Shark. We are always preserving memories and that is a fun and clever one!

LimitedLiabilityGirl

Where did you find bookshelves that go all the way up to a high ceiling?? I have 10′ ceilings and I need those bookshelves!

Sarah

Could someone be so dear as to point me in the direction of where to find that sassy little orange “Tulip-esque” chair that sits in the corner of Margaret’s room?

kimberly

i’ve had that first photo open on my computer for two days – perfection!

Dave

I LOVE this place! And the people in it! And the deer drawing especially! and Margaret’s trunk!…………

Monika

I love their place, such incredible spaces.. check out the light!! Not only are they extremely talented photographers they have awesome style, taste and are totally gorgeous.

Casey

@Sarah, I believe those chairs were manufactured by Aladdin Plastics. They have those distinctive sockets on the underside of the chair. I see them quite a bit on Etsy, ebay, and in vintage stores in the midwest. You could find one for under 50 bucks if you keep it on your radar. The junk store down the street has one sitting on the sidewalk right now!

Purse & Clutch

The architectural details are fantastic! And I must say that grouping books by color is one of my favorite ways to decorate. It’s so fun to see how others do it!

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