Upon walking into the lobby of this 1930s apartment building in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood, one’s greeted by ornate ceiling details and a stately fireplace emblazoned with a green alligator. Continue up to the sixth-floor apartment of ceramicist Caitlin Rose Sweet and Andre Azevedo, who works in TV and film, and you’ll come across even more original ornamentation that, albeit more restrained, is no less special.
Oftentimes spaces with classical architectural POVs such as this one are decorated with finds that complement the overall look. Caitlin and Andre, however, have taken their rental’s storied elements and paired them with a collection of radical accessories not typically seen in such traditional spaces. Stroll into the living room and you’ll find an emoji pillow resting on a chair shaped like a high heel. Head into the couple’s bedroom, and black trim frames a crocheted bikini hanging on a pale pink wall.
On the surface, accessorizing with bikinis and other cheeky finds may come across as haphazard, but Caitlin and Andre tell us their work on the space aims to evoke a feeling, not achieve a specific look. Caitlin says, “Decorating has reinforced my belief in… the power of objects we surround ourselves with. As queer people, creating a home space that feels safe and full of love has been healing. It gives us the strength to go face the world.” They pay no mind to matching or what others think is the right way to decorate. And the results will leave you smiling. Scroll down to check it out, and enjoy! —Garrett