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Sneak Peek: Ariel Dearie

by anne


Even before moving to New York, Ariel Dearie had long admired the former sweater factory building in Williamsburg with beautiful, ornate rusted wrought iron and huge windows that she now calls home. Fourteen years ago, the factory was converted into lofts, and as Ariel says, “I kind of had to stalk the building to get in. No one ever moves.” Ariel loves the airiness of the space and has tried to keep it that way while also making it cozy. Having her own flower business has motivated Ariel’s eclectic collection of antique vases, Indian brass pots and candelabras. (She just did the flowers for a Bulgari ad campaign with Isabella Rossellini, in addition to her typical weddings, events and photo shoots.) Ariel’s mom gets credit for many of the home’s great accent pieces. New Orleans is another big influence for Ariel’s style — her mother is selling her home there, so she supplies Ariel with amazing dishes, linens and vases every time she visits. The result is just dreamy! Many thanks to Ariel and to Jessica Nash for the great photos! — Anne

Image above: This is my bedroom, with a dream catcher from a road trip I took with my sister in the Mojave Desert.


Image above: This is a workspace/storage for vases, ribbons and old pomegranates.

See more inside Ariel’s floral home after the jump . . .


Image above: The Art Deco vases are some of my favorites. I’ve collected them on trips to New Orleans and to flea markets in the Northeast. The peacock feathers are for an upcoming wedding. The bag is my tool bag, full of wire, tape, ribbon, clippers, knives, matches, tape, snacks . . . everything ends up in there.


Image above: This dining table is one of my favorite things. It was built by my ex-boyfriend from three large wood planks salvaged from an old factory on the Hudson. I’ve been having big dinners lately. It’s so nice being able to fit a lot of people at one table!


Image above: The kitchen. I did the tiling, and that is why it is a little crooked.


Image above: This is an old silver teapot I got in Connecticut. My friend who works at Tiffany’s said that the details on the handle are heat-resistant pieces of ebony.


Image above: I’ve had this old radio for years and listen to NPR and whatever else it is willing to tune to. The shell butter dish is from my mom’s house.


Image above: This chair is an old sewing chair from the ’20s. The cornice pieces were salvaged by my dad from a demolished building in New Orleans and shipped in a huge box to New York.


Image above: My desk


Image above: Living room


Image above: I bought this chandelier from an old Lobster Man on City Island for $25. He even gave me extra crystals!


Image above: Living room. This coleus plant is one of my favorites.


Image above: I found the bathroom cabinet on the sidewalk on Bedford Ave.


Image above: The curtains in the bedroom are antique Italian lace, purchased from a flea market in Paris.


Image above: Photos of my family. The dress was a gift from a dear friend. It’s too tattered to wear, but I can’t get rid of it. In this photo there are also Bach Flower Remedies from the month I decided to become a healer.


Image above: Garden roses, camellia and jasmine vines


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