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Monday September 8th, 2014

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A Textile-Inspired Design in Williamsburg

When textile designer Amira Marion and husband Pierre Carpentier moved back to New York after living in Paris for a couple of years, they rented a room in the apartment of an interior decorator from Airbnb while they apartment hunted in Brooklyn. They fell in love with the building’s high ceilings, whitewashed exposed brick and…

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Tuesday September 2nd, 2014

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A Lesson in Design Compromise

For anyone who moves to New York City’s West Village, it’s location, location, location – after all, you’re just a stone’s throw from some of the city’s best restaurants and shops. But that premium on location means you sometimes have to settle for a smaller space with a challenging layout. So two years ago when…

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Monday August 11th, 2014

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Decorating as a Couple in NYC

Alex Yeske and her boyfriend Grant Lipschultz have been dating for nearly seven years since they met during college at Syracuse University. But since this East Village apartment was their first together, it was important to the couple that it felt like a blend of their individual styles – not too girly or too masculine….

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Friday July 25th, 2014

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Making the Most of Tall Ceilings in Brooklyn

I always love checking out the work of the Homepolish team. I think because they are all about mixing high end pieces with budget and vintage finds, their rooms always feel modern and fresh. Homepolish designer Will Saks stepped in to help Matt and Allie Bond, a couple moving from Dumbo, Brooklyn to Williamsburg, who…

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Monday July 21st, 2014

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A Family Apartment in New York City

Not everyone can make a New York City apartment work for a family with three active kids, but Louise Youngson-Klasfeld, Chief Curator and founder of Viyet, a site that specializes in offering pre-owned designer pieces, has plenty of experience with creativity and with designing on a budget. For her, it’s really all about the mix…

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Monday June 30th, 2014

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Modern, but not cold in New York

A Peace Treaty is one of my favorite online shops (Caftans, yes please!) – I love their mission of creating employment for artisans around the world. So I jumped at the chance to peek into the Chinatown home of co-founder Dana Arbib. When Dana found the apartment a little over a year ago, she enlisted…

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Monday June 2nd, 2014

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170-Year-Old House Becomes Home to a Young Family

Six years ago when Jill and Aaron Baker decided they were ready to invest in a home, they hunted all over Brooklyn. They were actually in the inspection stage of purchasing a Brooklyn co-op when they stumbled upon this 1840s home within the Palisades Historic District in Rockland County, NY. Realizing they could purchase an entire…

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Monday April 28th, 2014

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A Family Home in New York City

When Hallie Burton and her husband George Yannopoulos started looking for an apartment two years ago, they knew they wanted to be in the Upper West Side. It felt like the perfect family neighborhood for them – sandwiched between two beautiful parks, Central Park and Riverside Park – and there were great schools for when…

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Friday April 18th, 2014

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Coco

I’ve lived in Greenpoint for the better part of ten years now and it’s amazing to see the sort of changes the neighborhood is going through. While some of them are less than desirable and involve giant glass buildings without much character (or the affordable housing those buildings are supposed to offer), some of them…

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Monday April 14th, 2014

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Carroll Gardens Apartment Remix

In addition to getting a peek inside the homes of so many creatives, we also love being able to showcase how spaces change over time. Back in 2011 we featured the Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn home of Maayan Pearl.  Maayan is a graphic designer/illustrator/artist/animal petter. Originally from Israel but living in the US for 20 years now,…

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Monday April 7th, 2014

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Light and Bright on NYC’s Lower East Side

After almost twenty years living in a crumbling tenement building on New York City’s Avenue C, food stylist Toni Brogan and her husband decided it was time for a change. The couple embarked on a six-month long apartment hunt before they found this building in the Lower East Side. The building was constructed in the…

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Friday April 4th, 2014

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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