Forging Their Own History in a Contemporary Space

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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

  1. What a beautiful home Caroline! Love the living room-the pieces blend so well . My favorite is the kitchen and the round shelf on the bedroom wall!

    1. Caroline says:

      Thank you so much for the kind posts and comments!

  2. This is a home after my own heart!!! I love the sleek lines of a modern apartment (especially kitchen!), but want warmth and comfort from textiles and unique special touches — the bike on the shelf is brilliant! I also love the blend of hand-knotted rugs and kilims/kilim pillows. Really nice.

  3. gayleen says:

    Best. Tour. Ever.

  4. Annabelle says:

    Oh how I want her to come style my home… I feel like we have many of the same elements (same mini crib, even!) but my place is decidedly less coherent.

  5. dkk says:

    LOVE. IT. I wanna make friends with them!

  6. Emmy says:

    Hehe! The boob pillows are so great.

  7. Cat says:

    What a lovely home and baby. I love how they combined their vintage and textile items with the contemporary space.

  8. Katrina says:

    What is the product in the spray bottle with the gold circle on the bedroom dresser?

    1. Caroline Kim says:

      It is called Golda Hiba spray!

  9. Rose says:

    Yikes! Not many can pull this off, I certainly can’t–it makes me anxious simply looking through the slides. Gotta say, love all the textures.

  10. Alice says:

    Where is the bed frame from ?I love how the black stands out but goes well with the rest of the room.

    1. MS says:

      IKEA Lillesand, discontinued.

  11. Meganq says:

    Where is the duvet from?

  12. Caroline says:

    hi Megan,

    The duvet cover is from west elm.

    Thanks,
    Caroline

  13. Stephanie says:

    Where is the mini crib from? Thanks!

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