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Monday March 24th, 2014

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A Home Where Each Room Has its Own Personality

A few weeks ago, I interviewed set and interior designer Jen Chu for our We Want Your Job column. Not only did Jen give extraordinarily detailed information about becoming a set designer, but through the interview, I also realized how handy she is. So I asked if we could peek into her Fort Greene, Brooklyn apartment….

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A Textile Artist Lives and Works in Brooklyn

Before Rachel Gottesman moved into this Crown Heights, Brooklyn apartment (just 2.5 months ago), she lived in a small one-bedroom in Chicago. While her Chicago apartment was nice, it was also very dark. Rachel embraced, what she calls, the apartment’s cave-like nature, painting the walls a deep slate blue and accenting the dark color scheme…

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Monday March 10th, 2014

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Creating a New Home inside a 150-year-old Building

We discovered Helen Dealtry’s beautiful scarves last summer. Helen specializes in hand-painted patterns and prints for fashion and interior markets. In addition to her line of scarves, she also teaches classes at her studio. Originally from just outside London, Helen, along with boyfriend Dan Barry (and their rescue dog Dudley and Moe the turtle) now…

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Monday February 24th, 2014

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A Little Bit of Texas in Brooklyn

Textile designer Heather Winn Bowman has lived in this Park Slope home with Tibaut, her musician husband (of Auto Body) , the couple’s  two dogs, Oliver and Amelie, and cat, Kibis for the past three years. The home is a mixture of styles – Heather inherited a vast amount of furniture from her grandparents. Much…

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Monday January 20th, 2014

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Historic Details in an Old Brooklyn Apartment

Rachel Howe has lived in this Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment for almost three years. While she had gotten somewhat comfortable living in railroad-style apartments found throughout Brooklyn,  the layout of her current apartment feels much better. It reminds her of the old house she grew up in, with its idiosyncratic features (lots of small rooms) and…

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Monday January 13th, 2014

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In Brooklyn, A Plant Filled Loft

Textile artist and designer Shabd Simon-Alexander has lived in this airy Williamsburg, Brooklyn loft for the past five years and has had a studio in the same building for six years. Since Shabd is surrounded by so much color in her professional life, she tries to make her home a reprieve, by choosing furniture with…

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Monday December 9th, 2013

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Minimal + Vintage in Brooklyn

Rima Brindamour runs bkstyled a blog about Brooklyn design. She moved into her Clinton Hill apartment in June 2012 and since then has been working to create an apartment that was warm, vibrant and comfortable. A space that reflects her personal taste and incorporates meaningful objects ( like the vintage pins her grandmother brought back…

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Monday November 25th, 2013

Monday November 18th, 2013

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In Brooklyn, A Nomad Puts Down Roots

For the past two and a half years, Farah Malik has lived in this apartment in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Being that the United States is the eighth country she has lived in, Farah has accumulated quite an expansive and, as she says, sentimental collection of objects, representative of each phase of her life. After completing…

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Monday November 11th, 2013

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A first apartment in Brooklyn

Although it looks like she’s been living here for years, Taylor Anne only moved into this Crown Heights, Brooklyn apartment three months ago. In fact, she moved to New York City  just four short months ago. Taylor moved to New York from Bloomington, Indiana where she worked for a trio of indie record labels, and…

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Monday October 28th, 2013

Monday October 21st, 2013

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Making the Most of a Tiny Studio

This tiny apartment in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn is the happy home of Kay Wang, her boyfriends Christopher Tryens, the couple’s dog, Corn (short for Conquistador), Chops, the cat, and Sushi, the cat. In case you’re counting, that’s two humans and three animals under one tiny live/work studio apartment. The apartment is a…

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Thursday October 17th, 2013

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Peek into a Brooklyn Prop Rental Studio

After 10 years of producing events for major brands, Corrin Arasa finally decided to do something about her frustration with the rentals available for events. She used the vintage collection that she had amassed over the years as the foundation of Patina Vintage Rentals,. a company that focuses on providing vintage, one of a kind…

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Monday October 7th, 2013

Thursday October 3rd, 2013

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A Modern Rustic Restaurant in Brooklyn

To say that Taavo Somer is well-known in the New York City restaurant scene is a bit of an understatement. His first project, Freemans, on the Lower East side, set off a design meme that rippled throughout restaurants in the city. In 2004, when Freemans opened, taxidermy, peeling paint and antlers had yet to make their…

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Monday September 30th, 2013

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A Catskill home with a Scandinavian vibe

Photography by Maxwell Tielman. When the home owners of one of my favorite sneak peeks ever told me to check out the home of their neighbor and partner in the Phoenicia hotel The Graham & Co, I was contacting Amanda Bupp before I had even begun reading their email. This summer, Max became a proud…

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Monday September 16th, 2013

Thursday August 1st, 2013

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A Williamsburg Apartment for Work and Play

Being that space is at a premium in New York City, apartments are frequently used for multiple purposes, most often for work and living. I’m always impressed when someone manages to create a space that incorporates both of these realms, but even more impressed when they blend seamlessly together. In designer Leta Sobierajski’s Williamsburg, Brooklyn…

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