An Airy Modern Greenhouse in Brooklyn

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When Dana Arbib of A Peace Treaty offered to take us on personal tours of her friends’ most beautiful homes (after sharing her own stunning apartment), we couldn’t wait to see all the spaces that mean the most to her. The first is that of her “fauna curator” and former roommate Christan Summers, who now lives with partner Ivan Martinez in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Dana couldn’t be happier to see her friends — and the brains behind Tula, a mobile plantscaping shop — growing and thriving in a greenhouse of their own. “I’ve always been inspired by Christan’s nurturing spirit,” Dana says. “I love that we share a similar drive to embrace, and modernize the ‘old-meets-new’ process — while never compromising the integrity of ancient techniques, education, and history. Christan’s apartment is a luscious sanctuary, and really showcases her keen eye for design, composition, style, and the beauty of nature.”

The 930-square-foot modern loft offers a mezzanine for Christan and Ivan’s stock of handmade planters, at least until their proper retail showroom space is complete. The pair like to keep things “as minimal as plant and art lovers can,” Christan explains. “No clutter, no unnecessary objects that collect too much dust. If you take away all the plants, this place is pretty empty. We love the feeling of a gallery space — we can always change the arrangement.” Ivan brought the sleek essentials, like a table, chairs, and bookcases, while Christan introduced some beloved vintage furniture from her grandmother and parents. And despite the two-story vertical, the couple has made a point of hanging few pieces of art. “We like the walls left white — we fill the space with green instead.” —Annie

Photography by Genevieve Garruppo

  1. Jessica says:

    Love those succulents! You’ve made plants in the bedroom look so very appealing…

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  2. Marina says:

    Ahhh! This is my dream apartment. Someday, someday.
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  3. Diana says:

    That bench for the dinner table is a dream.

  4. Reba says:

    Looks really nice … I hope to have something like that in my apartment as well!

  5. Shalini says:

    Lovely post…great idea

  6. Ana dos Santos says:

    Love the home! Do you sell the pots without the plants?

    1. Christan says:

      Hi Ana! Yes, we do sell the pots separate from the plants. You are welcome to come by our showroom in Brooklyn, we will also be at Prospect Park at the Grand Army Plaza every Sunday, starting May 1st with Tulita, the plant truck :) Or follow us on social media to know where our other whereabouts will be with the truck. Thanks for asking!

  7. Rachel says:

    I love love love this space! Brooklyn is one of my favorite cities and the real estate there is incredible. I especially love how there is a ton of light coming into the home. It only adds to the character of this green space. Really lovely!

  8. madlyn easley says:

    I love your space and your business concept! And of course,”Tulita”!

  9. Kerry says:

    Will you share who made the daybed in your living room?

    1. Christan says:

      Hi Kerry, I honestly don’t remember the name of the designer, but we bought the day bed at City Furniture in Greenpoint. Here is the link: http://cityfurnitureshop.com/I hope that helps!

  10. Lorna Dorran says:

    It is indeed great to have that space in your house that does not only exhibit a great area but it is comforting as well, a multipurpose space is a bonus too.

  11. Kelly says:

    beautiful space! especially that dining table – would you mind sharing the source? thanks!

  12. Ingrid says:

    Would you share where the table come from please? I am looking for this kind of table with this industrial style and beautifull wood top. Many thanks…

  13. Julie says:

    What color paint do you have on the walls? It looks very soothing

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