It seems impossible to parse through our Sneak Peek archives and distill it down to the 10 best homes that characterize the design hub that is Brooklyn. Through the editing process I realized that an important thing to acknowledge is that Brooklyn has lived a thousand lives. The Brooklyn of today is not the same one of 10 years ago and certainly not 30 or 50 years ago. Like it or not, that is part of what makes it so great and why so many creatives are drawn to the borough. Undeterred by the 30 layers of chipping paint on those spectacular old moldings or a floor that slants sideways, or even a new construction with no character to speak of, these 10 apartments demonstrate that any space in Brooklyn can become home. I’ve rounded up a mix that includes some of our favorites as well as some of yours. –Shannon
Image above: Everyone loved the eBay-sourced brass hood in Farah Malik’s globally inspired Brooklyn home.
Image above: One of our all-time reader favorites, 25-year-old Taylor Anne had only been living in New York City for four months and lived in this apartment for just three months before she shared this Sneak Peek with us. It was her first real apartment and she did an amazing job from top to bottom.
See more Brooklyn favorites after the jump…
Image above: One of many creatives who inhabit the borough, fashion designer Gretchen Jones merges the historic details of her Fort Greene, Brooklyn home with her bohemian design sensibility by painting the moldings that frame some of the textiles that inspire her work.
Image above: Mixed in with many of the older buildings around Brooklyn are new constructions, especially in Williamsburg. Jennifer Sarkilahti does a great job of softening her new space and lending it some character with the same natural colors and textures that inform the aesthetic of her jewelry line, Odette.
Image above: Another example of one of our all-time reader favorites, Ariel Alasko expertly blends work space and living space in her Greenpoint apartment, making it uniquely her own without being bound by space constraints.
Image above: Another example of a new construction in Williamsburg that looks lived in beyond its years, we mistook Bernadette Pascua’s patio for a terrace in Europe. This home is one of my favorites, as Bernadette adds drama and character to her home with a minimal black and white palette, combined with original art (see the Neil Young photo!) and an IKEA couch.
Image above: Work, play and a bit of whimsy inform the Clinton Hill, Brooklyn home of photographers Max Freeman and Margaret Singer. High ceilings, beautiful hardwood floors and French doors speak for themselves, but Max and Margaret are able to layer some playfulness on top of that historic detail without going overboard.
Image above: I truly could not believe that this home was in Brooklyn the first time I saw it. Lyndsay and Fitzhugh made this dining table from a fallen Beech tree, and that’s just the beginning. See more of their Brooklyn home here and let your mind be blown.
Image above: We would be remiss if we didn’t include the home of one of the original champions (or arguably, the original champion) of Brooklyn design, Dave Alhadeff, owner of The Future Perfect. I’ll never forget discovering his store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (one of just a couple stores at the time) when I moved there back in 2005, and I’ll never forget these pink walls.
Image above: As soon as I saw the bicycle parked in front of the fireplace in the bedroom of this Cobble Hill apartment I knew I had to include it. This apartment captures so much of what characterizes the quintessential Brooklyn homes that we love so much. Like other spaces in this roundup, Jason Santa Maria and Megan Born do a great job of making a small space work. Embracing the beauty and the flaws of an old space from the tin ceilings and hardwood floors to the awkward layout and tiny bathroom, these are the things that make Brooklyn homes so special, even if it means you need to store your bicycle in your bedroom.