Sarah Coffey first visited the Carroll Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY while covering a home makeover for Apartment Therapy. Vibrant, charming and filled with an abundance of brownstones, the area had Sarah immediately hooked. After the project wrapped, she would fantasize about moving there, not sure if it would ever actually happen — but it did. Her chance came when two close friends bought a three-story brownstone in the neighborhood and were on the hunt for a tenant. Needless to say, Sarah and her husband Steve jumped at the opportunity to leave their Upper West Side home and make the move.
With a resume that includes West Elm and Apartment Therapy, it’s no surprise that Sarah was able to quickly settle the family into the top floor of the walk-up. Her years working for the two brands taught her how to focus on curating a space that “feels good” and to avoid the fruitless act of chasing trends. Her knowledge of decluttering and home-cleansing also helped shape the house. “Traditional practices of moving [energy that’s] stuck, like [sage] smudging and using things like salt and sound to purify a space,” has proven to be invaluable when life gets hectic. Sarah developed such a passion for the practice that she recently opened up her own home-clearing business where she teaches “…mindful methods of clearing space, inside and out.”
These home-clearing methods in particular came in handy a year and a half ago when Sarah and Steve had their first child. Since baby Jack’s arrival, the Coffeys have gone about stylishly baby-proofing each room in their 115-year-old apartment, as well as cleansing the space so their little boy can flourish. As you click through the tour, pay close attention to the beautiful job the couple’s done switching up the rooms in the house. With a little elbow grease, they have strategically crafted a new bedroom out of a living space and seamlessly moved Jack into their old bedroom. All in all, the bright and cheery top-floor abode is primed for memory making, and the Coffey family couldn’t be more delighted. Enjoy! —Garrett