New York can be an unforgiving urban environment, so it’s important to have your own personal sanctuary that revives you and inspires you. Space is precious, so a home that soothes your worn-out soul and harnesses creative juices becomes paramount to surviving the busy city. When I first saw the pictures of Madison, Rob and Tess’ space, I took a deep breath in and exhaled out all my hurried thoughts. These were immediately replaced with the sound of waves in the distance, the green glow of thriving leafy plants, and calming watercolor patterns.
Both Madison and Tess work with textiles and met while finishing their undergrad program at Parsons. Their love for beautiful, tactile objects is prevalent throughout their Park Slope apartment. The carefully curated collection is highlighted by the warm sunlight leaking into every room — something the plants are quite content with. Rob, Madison’s boyfriend, is the resident green thumb and makes sure these guys are happy and healthy. “We tried to create a very lively feeling in our home. We played a lot with color and pattern and never stopped buying plants,” Madison says. “I think we were all a bit tired of living in dimly lit, cave-like apartments in Manhattan, so we tried to make this place as sunny as possible.” The cooling hues that dominate the home’s palette, combined with Rob’s surfboards and Tess and Madison’s earthy textile creations, make you feel as though you can smell the wet sand and salt water.
One very inspiring aspect of their home is how the three roommates choose to live in respect to the earth and its environment. “Collectively, I think the environment is at the forefront of our concern,” they share. “We have made it a point to reduce and reuse resources. We cook entirely vegan, we have made sure to set up a compost and recycling, we switched to green energy sources, we venture to the farmer’s market as much as possible and try to use all natural cleaning products. In a way, it makes our living more meaningful!” I hope you experience the same feeling of calm wash over you when touring their lovely home. —Erin