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make it yours: sarah bedford and alan hill

by Lauren

Sarah Bedford (painter) and Alan Hill (graphic designer) live in this lovely Brooklyn home. Sarah and Alan tell us that their aesthetic tastes differ: Sarah tends to go for “more is more,” while Alan prefers “less is more.” But the couple blends flea-market finds with designed pieces, and the result is absolutely stunning! The combination of old and new, the artwork and the colors work amazingly in their home. I am drawn to the playroom and kitchen, as the colors and design are simple, clean and compelling. I hope you will check out the rest of the original sneak peek. — Lauren

Palette 1 (Playroom)
A. New Black (Valspar), PMS 419; B. Gray Mist (Pratt & Lambert), PMS Warm Gray 1; C. Harvest Pumpkin (Behr), PMS 1585; D. Ocean Soul (Valspar), PMS 315; E. Nursery Green (Pratt & Lambert), PMS 578

Roundup 1 (Playroom)
1. Collier’s Art Poster, $14; 2. Ikea Stool, $10; 3. Coral Knitted Cylinder, $120; 4. Sock Monkey, $11; 5. TPS Blue File Cabinet, $159; 6. Herman Miller Desk, $949; 7. Knoll Armchair, $1,011+

The second room image and roundup continue after the jump…

Palette 2 (Kitchen)
A. Sterling (Benjamin Moore), PMS Cool Gray 1; B. Lemon Tart (Behr), PMS 115; C. Tangelo (Benjamin Moore), PMS 1375; D. Blue Slate (Pratt & Lambert), PMS 423; E. Ash Blue (Benjamin Moore), PMS 2706

Roundup 2 (Kitchen)
1. Jasper Morris Coffee Maker, $175; 2. Medium Bowl, $40; 3. Marble Mortar & Pestle, $70; 4. Bistro Cutlery, $45; 5. Madeline Weinrib Carpet, prices vary; 6. Milking Stool, email for prices

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  • I love how the graphic poster above forces you read it upside down. Clever idea for a blog post too. Put your readers to work. It engages the brain more and makes the blog post more memorable. Yes, friends, the poster says Delmonte Round U

  • The scale of all the different elements in that playroom is just perfecto! I also dig the green connecting branches on the original post, so playful!

  • I’m always totally surpised to see our pictures and I love the fun objects/connections/comments etc… Thank you guys! If only my kitchen was always this clean.

    Marble question: The stone guy (FYI– lots of wholesalers in East Williamsburg & Greenpoint) called it “statuary” marble but it’s a type of Carrera. Statuary has more viens eventhough the more expensive carrara marble is called “statuario” which has no veins and is used for sculpture carving. I’m confused as well but statuary seems to be the term. Good luck!

  • Note, for a serious stove like that you must have a vent hood above it. I don’t know how they actually cook in this kitchen.

  • The simplicity is absolutely stunning and makes for such a beautiful backdrop for the interesting pops of color and unique pieces! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • I agree with Megan….that stove without a vent isn’t safe. And there should be a 9″ lower cabinet on the other side, not butted up next to a wall like it is.

  • This kitchen is just exquisite. Between the marble on the wall and that Madeline Weinrib chevron rug, the whole room is both inspiring and calming at the same time. Also love the white cube encased coffee maker…and admiring the design discipline it took to keep the tops of the cabinets clear of objets d’art (the tops of my kitchen cabinets are lined with vases, pitchers, and a beautiful turkey tureen) so that the lovely molding can be seen. I imagine that vintage molding changes subtly throughout the day as the light changes. What a great kitchen. I’m so glad this was posted. thank you.