sneak peek: joshua and jodie steen


To create a home with a clean look that was also comfortable for family living, Joshua and Jodie Steen have spent the last five years cultivating their Williamsburg apartment into a space that they describe as “Brooklyn modern meets mid-century.” Whether it was one of Joshua’s DIY shelving projects or trying 10 different shades of paint before finding the perfect color, they stuck to their vision, and the result is a sophisticated home that is suitable for their growing family. Joshua and Jodie own Lusternyc.com, an online gallery representing today’s leading photographers with the mission of bringing amazing contemporary photographic works to the masses by offering limited-edition prints at affordable prices. Thank you, Joshua and Jodie, and congrats on the new addition to your family! Shannon

Image above: Josh and I went on an exhaustive search for the perfect couch. I wanted comfort, he wanted style, and we found both in a couch from Room and Board. When it arrived, we quickly found out that it wouldn’t fit up the stairs! I was crying on the front steps thinking that we would have to start all over when a neighbor suggested calling Dr. Sofa. They came and chopped the sofa into pieces and rebuilt it in our space.


Image above: These shelves were custom built by Joshua. With no experience in carpentry, Joshua decided to take on this massive project. He had a vision, and they turned out even better than either of us imagined. It’s the perfect place to display our collection of objects and books.

See more of Joshua and Jodie Steen’s Brooklyn home after the jump . . .


Image above: This vintage fan is a perfect example of Josh’s style — old, industrial, a little gritty. I love it paired next to the refined mid-century modern credenza. The credenza was my pick, a beautiful Danish modern rosewood piece.


Image above: Josh and I love cooking and entertaining, so having a dedicated dining space is one of the things I love most about our home. Whether for family dinners, romantic meals together, or for entertaining, I wanted this space to feel elegant and special. The wall color is a custom color that we call “Steen Blue.” We found a fashion spread in a magazine that had the color as a background and thought it would be perfect on the wall. So we sampled the color and had it mixed up — it’s perfect!


Image above: This is the heart of the home. Not only do we cook and eat here, but it’s also our daughter Honor’s favorite place to do art projects. It’s usually home to play dough, watercolor paintings, felt projects and more!


Image above: We got this rocker when Honor was born. It’s great because it functions as a rocker but also a petit chair for extra seating in the living room.


Image above: We wanted the nursery to feel fun and modern. So many nurseries are whites, creams, and pale colors, and we decided to go a totally different direction, instead choosing light gray walls with pops of saturated colors, mostly hot pink and yellow, with blues, greens, and oranges as accents. The white and walnut furniture adds a touch of sophistication.


Image above: This is another of Josh’s handy projects! The corner felt like unused space with the way the door opened, so Josh had the idea to build narrow bookcases from floor to ceiling. It accommodates several books deep, and looks really cool when arranged by color (not that it always stays that way!)


Image above: We wanted the bedroom to feel like a restful retreat, so the bedroom is mostly whites and neutrals. I scored a beautiful Sferra sheets and duvet set, which works perfectly with the wallpaper, at the Sferra sample sale in Chelsea market. The opposite wall displays a large 30×40 print from Graham Lott’s rose series, which brings pink in as the accent color. You would think pink could look too feminine, but I think in this case it looks sophisticated and unexpected.


Image above: We literally painted the bathroom 10 different times until we landed on this color, which ironically is a neutral color. Instead we went with strong accent colors, a bright orange and blue. The accents were inspired by the butterfly collection, especially the orange and light blue butterfly.


Image above: Joshua and I traveled to Vietnam a few years back, and this was one of our treasures that we hauled home. We found this in a market in Hoi An, and we loved the different colors of all the butterflies — orange; rich, dark blue; a lighter blue; and even browns and yellows. It inspired the naturalism theme of the bathroom, as well as the color scheme.


Image above: Our daughter, Honor, at play in the living room. She just became a big sister, as we welcomed another little girl, baby Arden Grey, to the world!

  1. Jackie says:

    It there a tutorial for the behind the door bookcase?

  2. Julie says:

    Thank you for sharing your home: it is such and inspiration! Lovely! I also have Giancarlo Piretti chairs in my dining room, in rosewood. I love your custom “Steen Blue”, simply gorgeous!

  3. Camila says:

    Any chance you can share a tutorial for the behind the door bookshelf?

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