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A Home for Mom, Dad & Baby Dotted with Blues & Pinks

by Garrett Fleming

Over the past 17 years, architect Gerry Smith and his wife Erin, a historic preservation consultant, have swapped the rooms in their home around more times than they can count. Bedrooms have become offices, offices have become living areas, and the kitchen… well, the kitchen is the one place that’s stayed in place. You can’t blame them there, though. That’d be a huge undertaking! The latest iteration of their Williamsburg, Brooklyn spot was brought on by the couple’s change in taste or a simple desire to mix things up. One baby girl caused this shakeup, and her name is Cecil. She was born a little over a year ago, and since her arrival she’s turned her parents’ home on its head.

Her nursery, for example, used to be the home’s office, but it was overhauled the second Gerry and Erin found out they were pregnant. As time went on, without any pushing on the couple’s part, the space organically took on a vintage feel. All manner of pink-and-coral decor seemed to gravitate to this room, and with the addition of a few essentials, the space came together. On most nights, Erin rocks Cecil to sleep in a mid-century Eames chair, Cecil’s IKEA crib a few steps away. It sits in front of a custom paint job (my favorite aspect of the home) depicting an abstract mountainous scene that matches the wainscoting in the couple’s bedroom.

This painted touch helps Gerry and Erin’s personal retreat flow right into the nursery, and with an IKEA dresser that matches Cecil’s, the two areas feel as one. It was important to establish this sense of fluidity and cohesion throughout the apartment as its rooms aren’t super private. If you stand in the kitchen, you can even look down the hall into the majority of the rooms at once – a great thing to have when there’s a little one running around. See every corner of this family’s stylish and baby-ready home after the jump. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Carolina Mariana

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When they found out they were having a baby, Gerry and Erin began designing the nursery right away. As the process unfolded, the room proved itself to be a natural fit for their vintage treasures. All they had to do was paint the floor a bright white, give the nursery's wainscoting a special, mountainous touch by adding spikes to the design, and it was all set. The changing table that sits atop Cecil's IKEA crib is custom, and the wall hooks are Muuto dots.
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Gerry moved into this Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment in 1999 at a time when the neighborhood was much more low-key and full of artists. He tells us, "The minute I walked into the apartment, I knew it was for me: open, light-filled spaces, all located within a block of the subway and the East River." Before Erin moved in and before Cecil was born, the apartment had a much different look. Not only was is far from baby-proof, it was full of books and bikes.
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The couple hacked Cecil's IKEA dresser by giving it a custom paint job inside and out.
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Over the past 17 years, the Smiths' bedroom has occupied all three of their apartment's rooms. Sitting below wall sconces from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. is a rug is from West Elm and a Kartell Componibili side table.
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The Smiths are pretty handy and have put their skills to use tying various spaces in their home together. They white-washed this IKEA dresser -- the mate to the one in their daughter's nursery -- and gave it new legs from Lowe's. A replica of Gerry's old BMX number plate sits atop it. To further tie the spaces together, the couple also continued the wainscoting from the nursery into their bedroom.
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The french doors leading to the living room let an abundance of light stream into the bedroom.
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Since the living room gets the home's best light, it has naturally become the go-to play spot for Cecil. The light fixture is by Lindsey Adelman, the sofa is by Bobby Berk Home and the beanbag pouf is from Nobodinoz.
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This mirror in the corner of the living room came off of an old school bus. Hands down it's Cecil's favorite part of the apartment. Art print by Todd R. Forsgren.
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"When we moved in, the kitchen had virtually no storage, just an old two-door wall cabinet above the sink and the only counter space was underneath the hutch cabinet in the far corner of the room. We installed IKEA upper cabinets above the sink and over the refrigerator, and we built low open-shelving units with IKEA butcher-block countertops to provide some work space."
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Gerry says, "Our kitchen is a little scrappy, but it gets the job done. I found the poster sign at Kiosk, and I thought it summarized our kitchen pretty well."
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The kitchen decked out for Cecil's first birthday. The door in the upper left leads to a "micro-sized bathroom."
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The 700-square-foot home has been with the Smiths for 17 years.
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The tenement building the apartment is located in was built in 1902.

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