I get the feeling that many people think rebels always live in homes with off-the-wall decor and zany patterns. The reality is that’s not always the case. Over the years, we’ve shared many peeks inside the homes of people with this type of spirit, and their spaces are always equally stunning and far from what you’d expect. Rebels: they live and decorate their own way, and they don’t care if you approve.
Jewelry designer Elma Blint’s home in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn is a textbook case of living stylishly on your own terms. Not one for norms, she’s decorated her three-bedroom townhouse with whatever the heck she wants. Eclectic patterns, styles that some say don’t match — each layer on top of one another to create the cozy nest she shares with her two sons. Only in here will you find a caftan laced with 14 karat gold thread displayed next to an Eames-inspired chair. Unique combinations like these are a sure sign of someone thinking outside of the box.
The vibe of Elma’s space hints at her rebellious side as well. When most families settle down and set up a more permanent home, they feel pressure to check off all of the boxes: functional guest room, formal dining area, nice sitting area, etc. Not in the Blint household. The dining table hosts more school projects than fancy meals, and the living area features large toss pillows for Elma’s friends to hang out on when the sofa’s full. All in all, her “no rules” attitude towards decorating has resulted in an eclectic space with fun finds around every corner. I’m not surprised in the least that the jewelry designer has decorated this way, though. She’s a self-starter, and self-starters always do things their own way. Click through to take a look at the rest of the 100-year-old townhouse. Enjoy! —Garrett