When Jennifer Sarkilahti first launched her jewelry line, Odette, she worked out of this Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment that she shares with her husband, Steve. It’s easy to see the connection between her jewelry — inspired by organic shapes, natural specimens and her travels — and this apartment; both are airy, organic and highly personal. The building is a fairly new construction, so Jennifer added some character by layering objects with a bit of patina and surrounding herself with natural pieces like driftwood, rocks and air plants. The apartment has become a catalog of the couple’s travels — a pillow and rug from Istanbul, a photograph taken in New Zealand — with each object carefully chosen as a reminder of an adventure. Thank you, Jennifer and Steve, and a big thank you to Lena Corwin for the styling and the lovely photographs. — Amy Azzarito
Image above: I made the piece hanging from the doorknob out of wool roving and feathers. It was in part inspired by Ashley Helvey’s beautiful wool dreamcatchers.
Image above: We only have enough space for a small round dining table, and this Saarinen reproduction fit perfectly. Behind the table is a painting of mine from my graduate thesis exhibition on the only wall large enough in our apartment to hang it.
The full home tour continues after the jump . . .
Image above: We brought the pillow on the right back from a trip to Istanbul. It’s made from an old kilim rug. I flipped through stacks and stacks of pillowcases in the Grand Bazaar before choosing this one.
Image above: This is my reading corner where I have morning coffee. We hung large mirrors on opposite sides of our window to brighten up the area.
Image above: My friend Nicolette is a floral designer and brought me this Staghorn Fern one day after I’d admired the one in her sneak peek. The teak sideboard is a hand-me-down from my parents. I love how it has finger holes for sliding open the doors. The record player is new, but we like to play old records. Our collection is pretty small, but I sneak a record or two out of my parents’ collection whenever I have the chance.
Image above: We bought the antique rug in Istanbul after being charmed by a rug dealer over Turkish tea. I tend to lean toward neutral things, but I love the colors in this rug.
Image above: We recently renovated the kitchen by tearing out the original black tile backsplash and replacing it with honed marble. It’s delicate, but it really brightens up our small kitchen. We received the Le Creuset Dutch oven as a wedding gift, and we use it so much it has a permanent home on our stovetop.
Image above: I hang my necklaces on the wall to keep them from tangling when they’re not being worn. It’s functional, but it also makes an interesting display that’s constantly changing.
Image above: This is the landing area where we keep all of our wooly hats and mittens. My friend Jenny of Wiksten knitted the beautiful marled navy scarf on top. We found the bench at the Brooklyn Flea, made by a furniture maker who works out of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Image above: I took this photograph when we were sailing through the fjords in New Zealand and had it printed it as a poster to hide an unattractive electrical panel.