In addition to getting a peek inside the homes of so many creatives, we also love being able to showcase how spaces change over time. Back in 2011 we featured the Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn home of Maayan Pearl. Maayan is a graphic designer/illustrator/artist/animal petter. Originally from Israel but living in the US for 20 years now, Maayan recently transitioned from 7 years in the publishing world to fashion marketing, joining the J.Crew marketing design team this winter (and loving it). She’s taken up life-drawing again and is trying to delve back into her Cooper Union roots (where she went to college). As for her home, she leans towards an eclectic decorating style with a mix of Danish modern, minimalism, DIY and flea market finds. She’s fortunate to have so much amazing, natural light that she rarely has to turn the lights on. The biggest change to her space is the new dining room that has completely transformed the way she uses the apartment – entertaining friends and hosting elaborate dinner parties has become a great joy. Stay tuned for Maayan’s latest endeavors which involves taking her “Look Who I Pet Today” blog into an illustrated blog and possible children’s book, and chronicling her furniture hunting obsession on Instagram. Thanks to Emily Keegin for the wonderful photos! –Anne
Image above: The rug was a barter from friends of mine for a bottle of whiskey. Probably one of the best exchanges I’ve ever done. The couch was my first “adult” purchase when I started at Businessweek. It’ one of my most prized purchases and NO ONE is allowed to sleep on it. The pillows are from one of my favorite textile designers, Marimekko. The coffee table was made for me by my boyfriend as probably the best Hanukkah present of all time. The life drawing is one of mine from freshman year of college. The oil painting is a portrait I painted in 2005 of a friend from Cooper. The black and white drawing was a piece I did for a poster touting a lecture on Proust at Columbia. The two chairs were the product of a lot of interneting and eBay work. The scoop leather chair I was trailing for 5 months before pulling the plug. It’s such a beautiful piece and probably the one I get the most compliments for. The Hans Wagner rope chair I got as an impromptu purchase when I was out getting olive oil for a dinner party and came across it at an antique store in my neighborhood. I like supporting the local stores and try to buy everything from the smaller businesses including furniture. There are a few great stores on the Court Street and Atlantic Avenue strips.
Image above: The Edison bulbs were a gift from my boyfriend 6 years ago and are still working. The red hanging cord lamp was a purchase from this great store I discovered on Etsy. The beautiful oil painting over the mantel piece is by a Brooklyn based artist, Catherine Pearson. I love her painting work and am also just discovering her hilarious pun illustrations of celebrities and artists. The porcelain hand is another amazing eBay find. The cactus planter I reappropriated from a votive candle holder from a flea market – one of my favorite new ways of potting the plants in my house. The “thank you” bricks are a gift from my I.D. magazine days.
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Image above: I had this dining room table made last year to mimic the coffee table my boyfriend made me. I used the same hairpin leg manufacturer and sourced the wood from Build it Green. Of all the furniture in my home, this is definitely the one that has changed the way I use the space the most. The candle stick holders I had also been eyeing on eBay for nearly a year. With iconic items like this I like to scour carefully before purchasing. The chairs are a mix of vintage Eero Saarinen tulip chairs, Saarinen Eiffel chairs, and CB2. I recently purchased the overhead lamp from IKEA (where the bookcase is from as well) which has definitely been a transformative element in the space.
Image above: I was hunting obsessively, as I always do when making large purchases, for the side table of my dreams. After exhausting my budget buying other items for the apartment I decided to fashion the side table inspired by the tower book shelf in my bedroom. Except, here I just stacked my collection of art/design books and plopped the table lamp on top. It’s sturdier than it looks.
Image above: The kitchen has a ’70s Love Boat feel with wood paneling. It’s also the smallest room in the apartment. The Ottolenghi cook books are a new obsession that keep me experimenting in the kitchen for many dinner parties. It’s the perfect mix of cooking from my heritage (I’m originally from Israel) and new takes on childhood favorites.
Image above: The bookshelf is a classic IKEA purchase which has been extremely useful for book and record storage. It’s probably one of the most versatile items in the apartment. I have another one in the foyer that houses all the magazines I’ve worked on over the years. I painted this portrait of my mother at some point in college.
Image above: I pained for a long time in the search for a simple bed frame. I ended up settling on a very affordable and lovely frame surprisingly from IKEA. The sheets are West Elm and IKEA. The red pillow is from the designer KUMA I purchased from Areaware a few years back. The side tables were my first purchase ever from Etsy a few years back. Keeping fresh flowers by the bed has also become a new habit I picked up from my friend Lotta who was also featured on Design*Sponge.
Image above: The typewriter I bought in college to work on my thesis project. It’s since run out of ribbon and I’ve been trying for a few years to locate the right kind to replace it. The vases were an amazing Salvation Army find. More of my drawings are shown on the wall here – they are part of a series of 40 portraits of friends.
Image above: This is probably one of my new favorite corners in the house. The mid century bench I bought from one of the local furniture stores in my neighborhood. The two pillows were an amazing IKEA find. The neon sign was the best Valentine’s Day gift from my boyfriend. He got it from a discarded prop store in Gowanus. It glows neon pink and is an excellent atmosphere-setter when I have friends over. The “Exactitude” poster is a lithograph by an artist from the 30’s. One of my favorite recent purchases. I’ve recently fallen in love with shoes by Brookyln designer Tory Knoll. The fabric is sourced and cut from markets in Marrakech. I can’t wait to break them out during warmer weather.