Her handcrafted aesthetic doesn’t lend itself easily to a modern condominium, but jewelry designer — and founder of Rebel & Quill — Caroline Kim layers on the nostalgia through timeworn decoration. When she and set builder husband Jason Rodrigues moved into this airy, one-bedroom Williamsburg, Brooklyn home six years ago, infant daughter Milo wasn’t yet part of the family. Caroline was, at that time, focused on her jewelry line, making pieces from wax carvings using metalsmithing techniques. Today, Caroline’s vision has expanded to include functional brass housewares forged in much the same manner, with the goal of creating practical home decor and positive energy for the people who receive them.
Though Milo brings much joy to the place, it’s hard enough finding space for two people’s belongings in the apartment’s limited closet space, let alone her baby gear. Caroline and Jason got creative with organized wardrobe closets stuffed to the brim, where they keep most of their shoes, heavy coats, household supplies, and extra blankets. And because the large windows mean brilliant sunlight but also cold winters, the couple wanted to make the home not just child-friendly, but also cozy. Caroline’s collections of ceramics, home decor, and furniture contribute to the cushy vibe, but drawing a distinction between decorated and cluttered has proven difficult in a small condo. We prefer to look at it on the bright side — Caroline gets to have all the people and things she loves within arm’s reach. —Annie
Photography by Camilo Fuentealba