Parker Gard, who teaches media arts, makes short films and is a self-proclaimed DIY-er, chose the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn for his home. The area is an eclectic community filled with old Victorian homes and just a ten-minute walk from Prospect Park. His home is filled with antiques inherited from grandparents and hand-me-downs, all complemented with vintage finds. Thanks, Parker! — Amy Azzarito
Image above: My bed is the Architect Bed from Room and Board. The lights are antique reproductions of cage lights. The drawings above the bed I 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 I 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. Not being one to waste, I decided to tear it apart and build a coffee table!
Image above: This is a view of the living room. It’s a good shot of the two antique chairs from my grandma. I made the curtains from some old flannel sheets.
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: This home is such a “home.” There is a beautiful garden out front and a lovely porch to gather on.