This Groovy Brownstone for Sale in Brooklyn Is a Love Letter to All Things Pink

This Groovy Brownstone for Sale in Brooklyn Is a Love Letter to All Things Pink

Step aside, subtlety. This 1887-built Bed-Stuy brownstone is living proof of how glorious a home can be when you embrace everything you love. While the exterior is pretty demure, save a burst of bright pink roses, one step into the foyer leaves no question about the homeowners’ sense of style. Currently owned by Queenie and Ruby, the disco-loving musical duo known as Sateen, the rooms are filled with fluffy poodles (real and decorative), stunning floral chandeliers, and the color pink (that is to say, the finer things!).

It’s hard to say what the best spot in the house is. It could definitely be in the bathtub with golden claw feet, filled to the brim with bubbles. Any of the eleven (!) closets are certainly in the running, where I’m imagining getting dressed montage-style each day, backed by a Donna Summer soundtrack. Sitting out in the lovely, grassy back garden or perched on the front stoop overlooking the tree and brownstone-lined street sounds pretty sweet, too. 

But honestly, if I’m picking just one view to pin to my mood board, it’s gotta be the kitchen: The cabinetry is painted in pale bubble gum shade of pink that is truly eye candy, and grounded by a bold black-and-white checkerboard floor, it looks like a page pulled from a retro ad for Barbie’s Dreamhouse (right in time for the reboot) or a tea party-worthy scene from “Alice in Wonderland.” Either way, I am moony over this extremely pretty in pink kitchen and thinking of ways to tell my landlord I’m doing a little repainting… 

Are you on the house hunt, or just the type of person who loves browsing real estate listings, even when you’re not in the market for a new home? Property Crush is a column where we feature actual real estate listings that get the Apartment Therapy seal of approval in regards to style (we haven’t done home inspections or anything, so don’t sue us). Know of a great house on the market? Email the listing to repitches@apartmenttherapy.com.

This Clinton Hill Co-Op for Sale Is Just Waiting for a Conversation Pit

This Clinton Hill Co-Op for Sale Is Just Waiting for a Conversation Pit

If you’re daydreaming of having a conversation pit — as I am ever since reading this story about how to create one in your own home — this Brooklyn co-op’s sunken living room will be a mood board come true. A stone floor, bench seating, and built-in bookshelves round out the lounge, illuminated by a triple bay window that peeks out onto the front garden.

Adjacent and elevated is the combination kitchen and dining room, where light wood floors, stainless appliances, and all-white walls and cabinets give the space a clean, Scandinavian look. 

The bedroom maintains that breezy vibe with a whitewashed brick wall and easy access to the shared garden at the back of the building. Given that the now-11-unit co-op was built as a grand single-family home back in the 1890s, it’s not hard to imagine an opulent soiree taking place in the cloistered garden. Even today, looking at the stone patio shaded by flowering trees and ivy-covered buildings, it’s looking like an idyllic spot for a springtime garden party with your neighbors. 

Are you on the house hunt, or just the type of person who loves browsing real estate listings, even when you’re not in the market for a new home? Property Crush is a column where we feature actual real estate listings that get the Apartment Therapy seal of approval in regards to style (we haven’t done home inspections or anything, so don’t sue us). Know of a great house on the market? Email the listing to repitches@apartmenttherapy.com.

A 240-Square-Foot Fort Greene Studio Is an Impressively Cozy, Comfortable Home

A 240-Square-Foot Fort Greene Studio Is an Impressively Cozy, Comfortable Home

Name: Darini
Location: Fort Greene — Brooklyn, New York
Size: 240 square feet
Years lived in: 17 years, renting

Darini has made this 240-square-foot Fort Greene studio apartment into a cozy, tidy home, a space she’s rented for almost two decades. “I’m an anthropologist and sociologist, who along with my students explore such topics as our consumption habits and the ways in which we could bridge our lives with the natural world in creative, cohesive, and environmentally sustainable ways,” explains Darini. “Living in a tiny space poses many challenges, such as the obvious limited space and storage options, so it’s taught me to enjoy living with less and by default also consuming less,” she writes. “My tiny apartment has taught me to keep clutter at bay and creating space for things that are functional yet provide an aesthetically pleasing environment.”

Living in under 300 square feet for 17 years has taught Darini a thing or two about small space organization, and along with her academic career, she’s launching an organizing consultancy business called Declutterbug LLC, where she’ll “help clients declutter and organize their living spaces, so they can enjoy a more manageable and rewarding life.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: My style tends to be calming, relaxing, and peaceful with a splash of boho charm.

Inspiration: Caribbean beaches, nature, and wildlife inspire my home.

Favorite Element: My favorite part of my home is the natural light and the sun I get streaming in from the southeast. The natural light casts mysterious shades of minty pistachio green hues throughout the day on my kitchen’s back wall/backsplash painted in “Daquiri Ice” from Benjamin Moore.

Biggest Challenge: Living in a tiny space poses many challenges, such as the obvious limited space and storage options, so it’s taught me to enjoy living with less and by default also consuming less. My tiny apartment has taught me to keep clutter at bay and creating space for things that are functional yet provide an aesthetically pleasing environment. However, my biggest challenge living in the tiny space, is that cannot part with books easily because being in the academy I often find that I need to be able to access them quickly, especially as I recall information visually and need to make references to them in my work, so I proudly showcase my library. So, I began downsizing my books by selling a few philosophy and literary books to Un-nameable Books, a local secondhand bookstore, and I donated the remainder to Housing Works and Goodwill. I gave away the books that had never been read and all the fiction that I had read once. That was a start.

Proudest DIY: My big DIY was stripping my gray kitchen cabinets and the paint off my window moldings, plastering old cracks in the wall and painting them. I began the task with two kinds of pseudo green and non-toxic chemical brands to peel away eight layers of paint back to the 1920s or so. I didn’t realize what I’d gotten myself into when I decided to strip down the gray paint, but in the end it felt like a fun archaeological project discovering the different colors that previous tenants had painted the cabinets over the past hundred years or so, which ranged from many surprising hues of bright yellow to salmon pink to even a shade of burgundy. Once the cabinets were stripped, I machine and hand sanded them and painted them in Benjamin Moore’s “Chantilly Lace.” The entire project update took me close to 30 days and cost about $600.

Biggest Indulgence: My biggest indulgence over the years has been upgrading my pieces of furniture to a more modern and functional aesthetic from the vintage pieces I had collected from an antique barn in Vermont prior to moving to NY. The latest acquisition has been my rattan boho coffee table from West Elm, which wasn’t cheap as the price went up 30% in recent months, but it completes my space.

Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? I use my home as a respite from the hustle and bustle of NY life and its busy and loud streets. According to friends, my abode apparently imparts the vibe of a treehouse. My apartment is on the top floor of a lovely 200-year-old brownstone that faces east and overlooks a lovely backyard, which is teaming with nature, a huge oak tree, apple tree, squirrels, birds like mourning doves, blue jays, cardinals, a feral cat and on occasion even invites a hungry Cooper’s Hawk to hang out.

What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? I have enjoyed the process of getting rid of things and furniture and clutter over the years, and choosing to keep and bring objects into my home that I think will only enhance or brighten up my space. I’ve had to give away an old New England rocking chair that was hard to maneuver around its sharp-edged legs. Yes, a small space requires a few pieces of furniture that are easy to move around, so pieces with rounded edges are best. I’ve enjoyed assembling a mid-century modern record player stand, which I bought from Ashley Homestore, and it has become my pride and joy, as I listen to my growing record collection. I’ve enjoyed buying colorful cushions from Joss and Main, hand woven Agowa Senagalese cane baskets of all shapes and sizes from Agowa at our Ft. Greene artisan market, and most recently some uniquely hand crafted pieces like a Laureate pitcher and a hilamos shopping bag from Plaza Bolivar, a local woman-run business that sells indigenous artisanal crafts from her native Colombia.

Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? Bring nature in with plants, and if you prefer a calm environment keep it simple with a neutral palette and add a splash of color to brighten up the space. Lastly, for every three-five items you’re able give away, allow yourself to bring one object into your home that captures your heart.

This house tour’s responses were edited for length and clarity.

Erin Derby

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Originally from California, but turned New Yorker since 2000, I’ve been shooting my entire life and am still inspired and excited about it. Lately I have been putting my energies into my Fine Art, which can be seen on my website and on Saatchi Art. Being infatuated with interior design doesn’t hurt either, which mixes well with my love of photographing interiors.

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This Bookish Brooklyn Co-op for Sale Is a Vintage Lover’s Dream Come True

This Bookish Brooklyn Co-op for Sale Is a Vintage Lover’s Dream Come True

My idea of a perfect day involves a really good book, a cozy ambiance, and a big mug of tea. So this Flatbush two-bedroom that feels like the chance to live inside of a library? It’s brimming with perfect day potential, in my book. 

While the entryway can be an afterthought in some spaces, that’s not the case here. The long hallway running from the front door into the kitchen and living room is lined with parquet floors that are original to the 1930s home, as well as recently installed built-in shelves. It’s wide enough to decorate with a comfy chaise or even a library ladder (the dream!) to reach those high-up reads. 

Keeping with the bookish look, forest green paint envelopes the eat-in kitchen all the way from its walls to its open cabinets — but new quartz countertops, white tiled floors, and stainless appliances break up the dark-hued drama. 

The neighboring living room takes on a brighter aesthetic with pure white walls and glass-paneled pocket doors leading into one of the two bedrooms. Off the other bedroom (which comes with a walk-in closet), the bathroom keeps things light, too: Gut renovated just last year, it features black-and-white honeycomb tiled floors, a deep bathtub, and a marble vanity countertop. All throughout the unit, rounded doorways and a careful mixture of vintage and designer fixtures strike just the right balance between old and new, making it feel cozy and sophisticated all at once. 

Are you on the house hunt, or just the type of person who loves browsing real estate listings, even when you’re not in the market for a new home? Property Crush is a column where we feature actual real estate listings that get the Apartment Therapy seal of approval in regards to style (we haven’t done home inspections or anything, so don’t sue us). Know of a great house on the market? Email the listing to repitches@apartmenttherapy.com.