Since we first featured their Brooklyn apartment, in Design*Sponge at Home, prop stylist P.J. Mehaffey and his partner Dylan Hightower have moved to a new apartment in Prospect Lefferts Gardens in Brooklyn. P.J. has created an entire business out of love of repurposing found objects so when it came to his own home, he worked hard not only to find a new life for old things, but also to reuse furniture from his previous apartment in new ways and in new spaces- for example, the guest room daybed became the primary living sofa. He also got to exercise his DIY muscle – making roman shades, painting a giant mural in the bathroom, making the hallway runner and much more. Thanks P.J. and Dylan! And a big thank you to Bob Martus Photography for the lovely photographs! -Amy Azzarito
Image above: Vintage skis as salon shelving. (These appeared in Design*Sponge at Home, but they were in our bedroom in that apartment, here they are the perfect solution for our salon style gallery in the living room. In addition to my interior decorating work, I am also a prop and set stylist, which means I collect a lot of stuff. A cool way to store it, for me, is to just display it as a collection, or art. So often to make disparate groups seem unified, I get creative with the way I display things. The skis overall have a floral thing happening, but for interest, I added pieces from my beloved yarn art collection and then threw in some other organic, nature inspired elements. I also love making my walls work for me, so I will often hang things from them, but then add a ledge or display cube as well. i feel this approach makes for interesting layers that are alive and three-dimensional.
Image above: A clock collection on the kitchen wall. You’d think that with all the clock action I have going on here that I’d always be on time, but sadly, that’s not the case. This is a great example of grouping like objects, but then going one step further and adding a ledge. It makes the display more layered and three-dimensional. That red fruit bowl is one of my favorite items in the house and it’s Ikea! It’s just so sculptural and fun, and I think it cost all of $20 – amazing!
See more of PJ and Dylan’s house after the jump!
Image above: Here’s an excellent example of how cray cray i went with pattern on pattern, That black box is actually a small chest of drawers (folk art i picked up at a flea market years ago) mounted to the wall. I also collect garden statuary, so that bird makes me smile.
Image above: These lockers were also featured in Design*Sponge at Home. They were both found off the street, near an old school! We had a helluva time stripping them and then retrofitting the insides with shelves, but they’ve been the best investment. Dylan is a huge gam-er and movie buff, so these gals help me hide all that ugly stuff that no one wants on display in their house. Obviously, we have a thing for globes. By grouping them and arranging them by their different heights, it makes for a more impactful and curated display. I love using multiple surfaces and walls with ledges to keep the eye traveling around a collection, as opposed to a collection presented on one plane as a clump.
Image above: This is a great close up of our valances. I scored these at the Brooklyn Flea and adore them. There were actually the jumping off point for all the other textiles in the room.
Image above: A vintage console that I pretty much stole from my grandparents. It was rumored to have been in a church somewhere before they had it. I love how ornate all the carvings are juxtaposed to the poppy fun of all those globes.
Image above: This is our living room where we spend about 88% of our time. Our sofa is actually an old hospital bed that I had welded into a daybed and then topped with a twin mattress covered with simple custom canvas. I had bolsters and back pillows covered in the same canvas and it’s the best sofa I’ve ever had. So comfy. My most recent additions to the room are the two vintage mushroom ottomans I from eBay, then had reupholstered. I made the two simple white curtain panels (under the vintage valances) with muslin and twill tape trim from the Garment District.
Image above: We call this our salon and it opens off the living room. It’s technically the second bedroom, but our office is in here as well as my prop closet and all our books. The sofa was rescued from a street in the East Village and totally rehabbed. The side table is an old grocery cart that I had glass cut for each of the sections. you can just see my collection of vintage Samsonite Marimekko luggage which I use as the other end table. the chandelier was another eBay find that I spray painted matte black.
Image above: Here’s a detail shot of our industrial bookshelves which sometimes house more of my collections than books. In this case, the shelves are filled with vintage textiles, tin can doll furniture and Bitossi pottery…random, I know and I love it!
Image above: Pretty standard kitchen, though we jazzed it up a bit by painting out the horrendous oak cabinets in white. then we added the green enamel barn lights. I also made the roman shade out of an amazing DwellStudio fabric.
Image above: Detail shot of the salon sofa, vintage grocery cart turned side table and the patterned drapes. I had the drapes and pillow made from Waverly fabrics that I got from fabric.com, which is one the best and cheapest fabric sources around.
Image above: Detail shot of my Dansk cast iron candle holder collection (or part of it, anyway). They’re displayed atop pieces of slate that I had cut as radiator ledges for our last apartment, but didn’t work in this current place, so I just re-purposed them as one large ledge. They sit on these vintage wooden medical cabinets that are supposed to be wall-mounted, but I think they’re cool and still totally functional on the floor.
Image above: This space was so narrow and awkward for a typical end table, so i just hung an old wooden crate directly on the wall.
Image above: This is our bird bath…get it? I hand painted this mural after taking inspiration from all those gorgeous rooms that are decked out from ceiling to floor in one pattern– usually a toile print. I thought it would be fun to use our Urban Outfitters birdcage shower curtain as the print. I wanted to play with scale, so I painted our cages much much larger. The yellow ceramic light fixture, which serendipitously is rather cage-like, is one of my favorites and was a score at Brooklyn Flea.
Image above: I made the roman shades in our bedroom. we painted one wall in Valspar’s Hang Ten, Satin Finish. The bedframe was a major find from Housing Works for $25. It had this heinous faux wood paint treatment when I got it, but I stripped that right off to reveal this amazing stainless/metal beneath. that’s our landscapes collection above the bed, some are painted, some needlepoint and even some done in yarn art. The bedside table is a vintage pie cabinet that I mounted to the wall.