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.
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.