These days we all know that creativity grows in Brooklyn. A young design couple (she’s an architect and he’s a graphic designer) move into modest quarters and create a retreat for themselves. A simple palette and Ikea and Ebay basics provide them with a blank slate for their DIY projects and other creative endeavors. Here, a look at their quarters followed by a breakdown of the items to enable you to recreate the look.
Photographs of Tiffany’s Apartment via Apartment Therapy.
Above: The room has only one window and painting the walls and ceiling white maximizes the effect of the reflected light. Wood and brass accents keep the white room from being clinical and cold. Looking for the perfect shade of white? See 10 Easy Pieces: Architects' White Paint Picks.
Above: The long, narrow desk has room for the couple to work side by side. It's supported by a a set of drawers in the corner; at the other end, a trestle keeps the design from looking too heavy in the small room.
Above: A Lindsey Adelman DIY ceiling pendant adds sparkle over the bed. It was put together by the couple following Adelman's online instructions, which call for standard industry parts; the Lindsey Adelman You Make It Chandelier Kit, $140 from Grand Brass. Image via Lindsey Adelman.
Above: A Hemnes 6-Drawer Chest from Ikea fits perfectly into a corner; $249.
Above: The Linnmon Table Top from Ikea in birch can be stained to match other wood accents; $55.99.
Above: The Toledo-like Wood Industrial Chair on casters has a vintage factory look; $246.75 from lab supplier Genie Scientific.
Above: Vintage folding chairs can be easily stowed away when not in use, and work well as ad hoc bedside tables. They can be sourced inexpensively on Etsy and eBay. Image via Etsy seller Gentry Antiques.
Above: The Gradated Stripe Cotton Dhurrie - Half Moon in Navy by West Elm complements the warmth of the wood floor; $49 - $299.
Above: An Embroidered Metallic Bull's-Eye Pillow Cover in Bronze on the white bed picks up on the brass highlights in the room, $44 from West Elm.
Above: Mother in Law's Tongue from Real Palm Trees adds green to the bedroom while filtering out toxins such as benzene and formaldehyde; $38.95. For proof, see A House Plant You Can't Kill: Mother in Law's Tongue. Image via Sow A Fortune.
Above: A Terra Cotta Pot for the Mother in Law's Tongue adds an earthy warmth to the room; $8.48 from Home Depot.