When I met Jodie Patterson and her family this summer in their Brooklyn home, I knew I was meeting someone very special. I’ve admired Jodie and her businesses, DooBop and Georgia, for a while now, and getting to talk with her about her life and work at home was a joy. After a quick tour of her brownstone, she showed Sasha and me down to the basement to check out the speakeasy that used to fill the home’s basement. We were so blown away by the history of the home and the way Jodie and her husband Joe have chosen to honor that, while still adding their own modern touches. I knew we’d have to return soon for a full home tour, and I’m so thrilled that today is the day.
Jodie, who is currently writing a memoir about raising a transgender child, and her husband Joe, who runs start-ups in tech, education, beauty and music, share their home with their children, Georgia, Cassius, Penel and Othello. They’ve called this turn-of-the-century brownstone home for the last three years. Jodie and Joe were drawn to the home’s original details like wall tiles, chandeliers, wood cabinetry, stained glass and even an old-fashioned intercom system. “Holding on to history was hard, but I think we did a good job,” she says.
I love that Jodie and Joe worked together to balance the home’s historic architecture with modern details like graffiti-covered couches and modern marble countertops and glass showers. But most of all, I love how much the family worked together to make the kids a central part of the home’s design. It’s not often that we see family homes where kids have been encouraged to be such a huge part of the design decisions. It not only makes this home beautiful, but it makes the entire space feel real and really special. I’m so honored to share a peek inside Jodie and Joe’s home today. Thank you to the whole family for welcoming us! xo, grace