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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 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 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 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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Monday October 7th, 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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Monday April 29th, 2013

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Sneak Peek: Jessica Walsh

Jessica Walsh is an art director / designer and a partner at Sagmeister & Walsh in NYC who also teaches design & typography at The School of Visual Arts. Working across multiple disciplines she tries to create emotion & concept driven work, with a playful approach and sense of humor. When it comes to her…

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Sneak Peek: PJ Mehaffey & Dylan Hightower

Since we first featured their Brooklyn apartment, in Design*Sponge at Home, prop stylist P.J. Mehaffey and his partner Dylan Hightower have moved to a new apartment in Prospect Lefferts Gardens in Brooklyn. P.J. has created an entire business out of love of repurposing found objects so when it came to his own home, he worked…

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Monday March 4th, 2013

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Sneak Peek: Chris and Julia Thomas

Three and a half years ago, Chris and Julia Thomas moved into this apartment in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Though it is a relatively small New York City apartment, they’ve made it a priority to surround themselves with beautiful works of art, even if they aren’t able to display them all. They own countless prints and…

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Monday January 21st, 2013

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Sneak Peek: Sasha Ritter

Five months ago, Sasha Ritter relocated from California to New York and moved in with her friend and collaborator, Kristin Morrison. Having worked together on many design projects in California, their new Brooklyn apartment became the perfect opportunity for their first New York-based collaboration. Working within a tight budget, they pooled their resources, scavenged thrift stores…

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Monday October 29th, 2012

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Sneak Peek: Lizzie & Kathryn Fortunato

Even the most enthusiastic travelers crave the comforts of home. For Lizzie and Kathryn Fortunato, that place is aptly referred to as the treehouse. Nestled on a tiny cobblestone street in SoHo, Manhattan, the two sisters (twins!) describe it as a little gem in the middle of the city, and they’re right. Every square inch…

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Monday October 15th, 2012

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Sneak Peek: Ariel Dearie

Even before moving to New York, Ariel Dearie had long admired the former sweater factory building in Williamsburg with beautiful, ornate rusted wrought iron and huge windows that she now calls home. Fourteen years ago, the factory was converted into lofts, and as Ariel says, “I kind of had to stalk the building to get in. No…

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Monday September 24th, 2012

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sneak peek: lotta nieminen

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a thing for small living. So nothing makes me happier than seeing small living done stylishly. Illustrator, graphic designer and art director Lotta Neiminen points out, “When you look for an apartment in New York, you generally need to leave out one of out three: location, rent or…

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sneak peek: rachel krauskopf

It has always been a dream of designer Rachel Krauskopf’s to live in New York City. First, she had to get through years of grad school — for both her and her husband — and then moves overseas and to DC, Seattle and Chicago before she finally got her wish, an apartment on Manhattan’s Upper…

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