Textile designer Heather Winn Bowman has lived in this Park Slope home with Tibaut, her musician husband (of Auto Body) , the couple’s two dogs, Oliver and Amelie, and cat, Kibis for the past three years. The home is a mixture of styles – Heather inherited a vast amount of furniture from her grandparents. Much of the furniture is from the ’70s – green and yellow floral prints, wicker chairs and a lucite table. Heather couldn’t bear to part with those wonderfully outrageous pieces but they didn’t exactly fit her current design taste. For now, those pieces are furnishing Tibaut’s basement studio. Among all those ’70s pieces, there were quite a few timeless pieces that the couple used as the foundation of their design. In fact, each room in their home is anchored by one of these pieces and they designed the rest of the space around it. They wanted their home to feel like the places where they grew up, so there’s a lot of design references to the country. Antlers from deer that roam their families’ ranches, cacti and other plants that they foraged from the hill country, cowboy and indian artwork, and the furniture that once sat in Heather’s grandparents’ home in Texas. It’s a little bit of Texas in Brooklyn. Thanks Heather and Tibaut! -Amy
Image above: This bench is located at the entrance of our home. The sheepskin on the back of the bench is one of my favorite things. I bought it from a farmer at a yarn street fair in Park Slope and she told me the name and personal history of the sheep it came from. I thought it was so special that this woman cared so much for each and every one of her animals and took so much pride in them. The art on the wall is constantly being rearranged. I love a mix of natural elements and I usually display a new weaving I’ve completed on this wall. The weaving shown here is a sample of some new table runners I’m currently working on. I found this cactus at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. We named it Sherbert. The poor guy is badly beat up from accidentally being knocked over and a large chunk of the main stem fell off, but it’s been extremely resilient. The injury actually caused it to grow another section and bloom some flowers at one point!
Image above: The fireplace is our favorite place in the house. We look forward to wintertime when we buy a full cord of wood that we stack from the floor to the ceiling. When it’s too cold to go to my studio, I like to set my loom by the toasty fire and weave. I have my dogs piled up on the couch next to me, a cup of coffee, and I’m set to weave away. It’s heaven.
Image above: I bought the mirror above the fireplace at an antique store in Texas. It’s so delicate and the detail is exquisite. I rearrange the pieces on the mantle all the time. Right now we’ve been using a lot of horns to decorate with. My family and Tibaut’s family have ranches in Texas and every time we’re down there, we forage for bones, horns, plants and so on. I brought back a huge loot of horns the last time I went home.
Image above: This fixture is by Lindsey Adelman. The crown moulding is one of the original details of the house. I thought it would be an interesting contrast to mix the classic details of the moulding with the industrial fixture.
Image above: This table is a piece I inherited from my grandparents. We use it as a buffet table and bar in our kitchen. The deer skull is from Tibaut’s family ranch. The portraits of Native Americans is a piece I found at a thrift store in Dallas. I found the etched cutting boards among a pile of scrap wood at an antique store in Santa Fe.
Image above: Our bedroom is one of my favorite rooms in the house because of the stained glass windows. We are always changing our bedding mostly because I like to test out new pillows I make on our linens. The pillows shown here are made of an antique hemp I found at this lovely store in Dallas called Forrestwood Antique Mall. I also have an addiction to kantha quilts. The one shown is so worn down, but it’s incredibly soft and the colors are wonderful. The trunk against the windowsill is another piece passed down to me from my grandparents.
Image above: I bought this painting at an antique store in Austin. It’s painted on linen and some of the details of the headdress are embroidered. There’s some water damage on the linen, but I think it adds character.
I converted this hallway into my closet and dressing room. The wallpaper is from Cavern Home. I’m obsessed with this pattern. I would have wallpapered the entire house in this, but I restrained myself to just a few areas. The kimono is from a thrift store in St. Helena, California. At our wedding last spring at my family’s ranch, I wore this after the reception. All of our close friends spent the night at the ranch in teepee’s and we danced till the sun came up around a bonfire. The kimono was a little out of place at a hill-country ranch wedding, but I didn’t care.
Image above: These are the stained glass windows in our bedroom. The light that trickles in changes color throughout the day and dances on the walls. It’s so beautiful.
Image above: There are several areas of the house that I like to set up weaving stations in case I don’t want to go into my studio that day. This spot is one of my favorites because of the windows. The light is perfect for weaving. Hanging on the wall are some samples of rugs that I’m in the process of making. I usually make miniature versions of large scale pieces, like rugs and tapestries, before I commit to 2-3 weeks of weaving on my large 6′ x 8′ loom at my studio. My mom bought me the egg chair as a house warming present years ago. The pillow resting on the chair is one I made from antique linen.
Image above: This shelf holds a mix of flea market finds and family heirlooms. The small Singer sewing machine was one my mom used to make doll clothes when she was a kid. The needle is controlled by spinning the wheel on the side by hand. The silver necklace and brass purse are also my mom’s. The glass vessel was made by Lindsey Adelman. The strands of hair inside the vessel are from the tail of my childhood horse, Carrots. Lindsey usually makes these vessels with giraffe hair, but I gave her these strands from Carrots and she customized it for me.
Image above: I love the color of the banisters, but I can’t take credit for it. The family that lived here before painted them this wonderful color. I’m always rearranging things around the house and here is the Native American painting seen earlier hanging in the stairway.
Image above: The sliver of wallpaper seen on the other side of the front door is also from Cavern Home. It’s the same design as what I used in my closet, but in black and white.
Image above: This is the egg chair my mom gave me and perched on it is our cat, Kibis.