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A Brooklyn Couple With A Love of Art and Global Finds

by Rebekah Carey

Mallory Fletchall and David Rhoads (plus their two cats, Michael and Kiki) share this amazing textile and art-filled Greenpoint, Brooklyn home. You’ll undoubtedly find yourself admiring the textiles in Mallory and David’s apartment; it’s especially rife with treasures because Mallory runs an online shop, The Reserve, that specializes in Moroccan textiles for the home.  David is a painter, as well as the Collections Manager in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Clearly this couple is going to have a home that is filled with treasures from around the globe and walls that are adorned with artists that are admired, and even friends, of the couple.

Mallory and David moved to New York from Kansas City two years ago when David had the incredible opportunity to work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mallory’s business is run from her home, and when David is home he spends a lot of his time working in his art studio, meaning they’re always more than happy to spend time in the wonderful home they’ve created together. When they’re not pursuing their passions, they love playing games, watching movies on their projector, listening to records, working on house projects, and spending time with each other and their cats.

Mallory considers herself a history buff and loves how fortunate they were that their home still had the original floors, moldings, and other unique details. They’re most thankful for the incredible natural light that their home has, something most city dwellers know not to take for granted. When they first saw their apartment (which, by the way, was the first and last apartment they saw!), they were shocked to see that there was an entire wall of storage, making them almost have too much storage space– Mallory does her best not brag at this fact! However, as perfect as their apartment is for them, it does still have its challenges, being a typical “walk-through” Brooklyn layout means that since their “bedroom” is used as David’s art studio that their actual bedroom space is just off of the dining room in a walk-through space. You have to walk past the bed to get to the kitchen and there isn’t direct sunlight in that space, but having an open concept type of space in the two front rooms makes up for the creative use for their bedroom! Now, the kitchen is something they’d be more than happy to have owner-permission to update.

Functionality was paramount for this creative couple when planning out the design of their home, “I needed to make sure that I was able to have space enough to work (hello dining room table!), and room to style photos for my website and brand social media. Modularity and maneuverability were essential. Our living room, whether it likes it or not, is now the star of my Instagram page.” Mallory and David have such an eclectic collection of art and patterns and textiles, so they’re happy to let their white walls allow all of those unique pieces to really shine in their space. Mallory wanted to create a comfortable and inviting home, particularly because she spends most of her days there, working. David’s art studio has been a dream, especially considering their Kansas City “art studio” was a dark cave-like basement. While they’re more than happy with their home now, they admit they love rearranging and thinking about new ways to make their home even more comfortable and functional. -Rebekah

Photography by Mallory Fletchall.

Above image: Mallory shares her dining room design inspiration, “The second half of the front room doubles as a dining room and listening corner. David designed and built our modular credenza which fits the space perfectly and works great for record storage. We tried to make this room a little more bold and modern to offshoot the boho feel of the living room. Helping the cause is our new chandelier from West Elm. Opposite the table is a wall of cabinets and closets that house our movie collection, one of our favorite features of the apartment.”

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Mallory Fletchall, David Rhoads and their two cats-- Michael and Kiki, in their Greenpoint, Brooklyn home.
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This home features original art in every room, “A small gallery wall in our dining room. On the left wall is David’s portrait of our friend Paul Smith. The stone head sculpture was gifted to me by a dear friend and is one of our favorite possessions.”

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“The living room is the heart and soul of the apartment. It’s where we have movie nights, entertain and lounge around. Speaking of lounging, we love how the poufs from my shop add additional seating for friends, or let’s be real, pets. The pendant light is from Ikea. I love how it accentuates our tall ceilings,” Mallory explains.

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Mallory describes the planning behind the layout of their living room, “Most of our natural light comes in from the two front windows, so naturally we huddle all of our plants around them. We don’t mind though, we love all the green! David recently gifted me this original late 1960s rattan mirror from a vintage shop in our neighborhood. I’m also obsessed with this woven pom pom pillow from Pampa in Australia.”

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“When we lived in Kansas City, we found this 1960’s Mid Century Danish Sectional with two matching chairs on Craigslist, and had cushions made to fit them. David painted the portrait of me (Mallory) and our cat Kiki earlier this year; it’s my most prized possession. The larger painting, by Amy Kligman, was a birthday present a few years back.”

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“This large drawing by David’s friend, Brook Hsu, is one of our favorite pieces. It is beautiful and airy, truly brightening up where ever it hangs. We added a vintage bench in front for an easy sitting area. Our cat Kiki basically lives on this bench.”

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“This corner in the front room was barren for far too long. We remedied that by purchasing a rattan hanging chair from Urban Outfitters, and of course, adding a pouf from my shop and some plants. The plant painting on the wall was also a brand new addition. David finished it just a few weeks ago,” Mallory shares.

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Mallory and David’s bedroom is now having a blue period, “We recently painted some accent walls in our bedroom to add some depth to an otherwise small space; it’s a Benjamin Moore color called ‘New York State of Mind.’ The blue really helps the art on the walls and our mostly white bed pop out.”

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“The gallery wall opposite our bed is ever-changing, but there’s always a nice mixture of paintings by David and pieces from of our collection in a wide variety of frames and styles,” Mallory explains.

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"If we had our wish, our entire kitchen would be open shelving, but we get our fix with this shelving unit. We especially like how the Marx Brothers and Bob Dylan posters look alongside our favorite drawing by Max Crutcher. They really add a boldness to the kitchen," Mallory shares.
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Mallory describes her favorite elements of their kitchen, “We love the light that pours into the kitchen. We love to adorn the fridge with Instax photos of our dearest friends – we have quite the collection! The tape tapestry on the wall is a stunner! It’s by David’s good friend and mentor, Gary Noland.”

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Mallory shares her bathroom touches, “Picked up this Cold Picnic bath mat at a sample sale in Williamsburg. Had to fight the crowds on a 100-degree day for the last one!”

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Mallory describes the art studio, "David’s studio space is fairly small, but filled with beautiful light that comes in from the two large windows. He has the tendency to fill the space to the max with paintings, drawings, objects and inspirations so things can jump around and truly come to life. He is constantly making the space more efficient so he can pile more in."
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"The studio shelves highlight David's vast collection of objects, books and inspirations," Mallory continues.
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The floorplan of Mallory and David’s apartment with one of their favorite records.
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“What we love most about our home is there is no place we would rather be.”

SOURCE LIST

Living Room
Couch- Vintage from Craigslist
Circle pom pom pillow- Pampa
Beni Ourain pillows- The Reserve
Rattan chair- Vintage
Rattan coffe table- Vintage
Rattan mirror- Vintage
Rug- The Reserve
Curtains- Ikea
Floor Poufs- The Reserve
Plant baskets + pots- Vintage
Pendant light- Ikea
Hanging rattan chair- Urban Outfitters
Happy Birthday Painting- Amy Kligman 
Portrait of Mallory Fletchall- David Rhoads
Plant painting- David Rhoads
Wooden bench- Vintage
Leather Pouf- Vintage
Geometric hanging planter- Sprout Home
Large framed drawing- Brook Hsu

Dining Room 
Dining  table- vintage from River Market Antique Mall
Dining room chairs- vintage from Craigslist
Rug- Vintage Persian rug from Ebay
Record storage- Handmade by David Rhoads
Chandelier- West Elm
Rock Stool- Joey Grimm
Blue foam and gold tape sculpture- Gary Noland
Yellow lamp- vintage from River Market Antique Mall
Portrait of Paul Smith: David Rhoads – http://cargocollective.com/davidjrhoads
Blade Runner owl graphite drawing- Jonah Criswell
Artwork from dining room gallery wall (from top left – down)- Small painting on canvas- David Rhoads,
Small framed drawing- David Rhoads, mirror- vintage,
Small Landscape Painting- Misha Kligman, Crystal Ball drawing- Corey Antis, Yellow Cat Drawing- David Rhoads

Bedroom
Paint color- New York State of Mind by Benjamin Moore
Circle pom pom pillow- Pampa
Beni Ourain pillow- The Reserve
Beaded pendant light- Anthropologie
Mirror Window painting- Mike Erickson
Two framed resin drawings- Matt Jacobs
Black and white geometric painting- Tomoo Gokita
Large Framed Drawing- Harper Hare
Blue linen pillowcases- notPERFECTLINEN

Kitchen
Eames Chairs- vintage from Craigslist
Tape Tapestry- Gary Noland
Red oil pastel drawing- Max Crutcher
Marx Bros poster- vintage from River Market Antique Mall 
Bob Dylan Poster- vintage (frame- Ikea)
Bird Sculpture- Calder Camin

Bathroom
Bath Towels- Anthropologie
Bath Mat- Cold Picnic

David Rhoads Painting Studio 
All works: David Rhoads 
Ceramic Pikachu- Dean Roper

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Comments

  • I love this home! I have a question for you: The West Elm chandelier is one that I’ve had my eye on. How do you feel it works as a main source of light? Is it too bright when you look at it (my fear with exposed bulbs)? I’d love to hear from someone who lives with one!

    • I have a similar West Elm fixture (chrome) with exposed bulbs in my kitchen. It can be a bit bright if you are looking at fixture head on, but if it will hang above natural sight level it isn’t an issue. I’ve also found that using the metal tipped bulbs helps diffuse the light upwards to avoid glare.

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