September 11, 2013 | Alex
It's here! Our 1st house tour. I'm so happy to share with you this gem of a space. (How long have we been holding out on you? Just spot the anachronistic fresh blooms.) Here's the low-down on the inaugural CBD house tour...
Inhabitants: Margot! Late-20's art history grad. Alumna of a NYC architecture firm, and one of New York's most storied design institutions. Currently freelancing here and there in the field. Margot's many artistic and domestic talents find their ultimate expression in her homemade bundt cakes and Gunta Stölzl-inspired fuse bead creations. She totally digs the Bauhaus.
Cohabitating with Margot: various gnomes, ninjas and other miniature figurines that undoubtedly rise from their leafy homes to get funky each night.
Location: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
Specs: 1.5 bedroom, 1 bath. Top floor rental of a privately-owned brownstone. NW and SE exposure.
Space: Open! Bright! Sun and shadows all day long. Lovely moldings and marble mantle, both original to the turn-of-the-century construction. Wide-plank flooring with a rustic farmhouse vibe. Oh, and a volume of white exposed brick wall. Buckets of charm packed into a tight space.
Decor: A study in contrast. Treasured antiques-- some inherited from Margot's much loved grandmother, some discovered at Margot's favorite East End antiques shop-- co-exist with the modern designs to which she's devoted her studies and career. The contemporary elements are a composite of mid-century iconic (e.g. Eames. Noguchi.) and contemporary (e.g. Blu Dot. Ikea.) The character and sentimentality of the old plus the discipline and clean-lined minimalism of the new hits a sweet spot that so distinctly reflects Margot's personality.
Crafts! Prominently displayed are Margot's aforementioned Bauhaus-inspired fuse bead coasters, DIY pom poms, needlework projects, and the perfectly imperfect works of Margot's ceramicist friend.
Quirky and fun collections, exquisitely arranged. Margot's talent for turning personal mementos and teeny-tiny things into a thoughtful vignette amazes me. Also, her green thumb. There is an abundance of plant life. No risk of oxygen deprivation here.
Ok, enough chit-chat. See for yourself.