Just six months ago, Lauren Bakst, a choreographer and performer who also works for BOMB magazine, and Parker Gard, who teaches media arts, makes short films and is a self-proclaimed DIY-er, moved into this Brooklyn apartment, their first home together. The couple chose the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn, an eclectic community filled with old Victorian homes and just a ten-minute walk from Prospect Park. They wanted the home to reflect the union of their two families, so it’s filled with antiques inherited from grandparents and hand-me-downs, all complemented with vintage finds. Thanks, Parker & Lauren! — Amy Azzarito
Image above: Our bed is the Architect Bed from Room and Board. The lights are antique reproductions of cage lights. The drawings above the bed we found at the Brooklyn Flea Market and are from an antique anatomy book. The cloud pillow on the bed is something my mother made for me when I was a child. The room was originally a dull grey, which made it dark, so we chose to paint with Chantilly Lace from Valspar to lighten it up.
Image above: I actually got this idea from Design*Sponge. (Ed. Note: The how-to is here, and if you like this look, check out Best of Luggage in Homes.) These bedside tables are from a vintage pair of blue suitcases. They are the perfect size and height and are amazing for storage. I chose to shellac the legs instead of staining them because I liked the color better. The images above the table showcase maps of places of family significance.
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Image above: This is a brass acorn. No one knows what it is for, but I found it at a great shop called Rook Vintage in Windsor Terrace. The overhead light in our bedroom is pull string, and previously, had been just a string with no end on the pull. So I bought the beaded chain and super glued this acorn to it for a more unique-looking pull. (BTW, if anyone knows the history of the object, I’d be curious to know.)
Image above: The dresser is from Room and Board. The box on top is revamped from Ikea. And the yellow tin lamp is tin and was found in a Goodwill in Virginia years ago.
Image above: I had an old fruit crate that I used as a shelf when I lived alone. When Lauren and I were preparing to move in together, she very gently let me know that she was not a fan, and it would not be coming along to our new place. Not being one to waste, I decided to tear it apart and build a coffee table!
Image above: This is a view of our living room. It’s a good shot of the two antique chairs from my grandma. I made the curtains from some old flannel sheets Lauren’s mom gave us.
Image above: A better view of the rocker. The portrait is of my grandma when she was only 16. It has hung in every house I have lived in since I can remember and was the most treasured possession I inherited.
Image above: Also from my grandma, this vintage bar cart came complete with vintage party wear and drink glasses. I love that it rolls.
Image above: I have so many old photos and wanted to find a unique way to display them. I built these hanging shelves with spare wood, twine and antique hat hooks. They hang in the entrance hallway and each has a collection of old photos and memorabilia.
Image above: I’ve always wanted a lamp right above the bar for a classic look. I got the idea for this when I received old candle stick stands from my grandparents. I picked up the sconce at the Brooklyn Flea, and the rest at a lamp shop on Canal St.
Image above: I found a unique way to display old family Polaroids by using small binder clips interlocked into a chain. The shelf is from Crate and Barrel.
Image above: Our home is such a “home.” There is a beautiful garden out front and a lovely porch to gather on.