A California Creative Makes a Home in Brooklyn — House Call
Name: Coco and cats, Wolfie and Rosy
Location: Greenpoint — Brooklyn, New York
The basics: 3 year, rented — 600 square feet
Coco’s black and white Brooklyn apartment is chic, warm and filled with tiny touches that it give it personality. An envy inducing amount of natural light helps the space feel expansive and bright.
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I live here with my two kitties Wolfie and Rosy, the sweetest little blue lynx point siamese rescues. We moved here from California a few years ago and have settled nicely into the neighborhood. I fell in love with this street before I even lived in New York, so when I saw a pre-war apartment available here I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. The apartment is spacious and bright, and is designed mainly with art I’ve created myself or picked up on my travels.
What is your favorite room and why? The bedroom is the coziest part of the house, and where my two kitties hang out most of the time, so I would have to say that’s my favorite room. There are four large windows that pour in the most beautiful natural light all day long. The room overlooks one of the prettiest streets in Brooklyn, at eye level to a canopy of honey locust trees and 19th century Brooklyn townhouses.
If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? I would love to have a backyard or outdoor space. I sneak up onto the building’s roof sometimes but there isn’t an outdoor area of my own here. I used to have a thriving urban container garden when I had a roof deck in San Francisco and really miss it. The kitties like to hang out on the fire escape though, so it’s nice to have that.
What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I’m never really done designing my space, and am always picking up new pieces and keeping an eye out for a good find. I recently bought some original art from a local Brooklyn artist, Nina Ventura, and am really loving how nicely her work fits into my style at home.
Which fictional character would be most at home in your place? I have this piece of art that I found when I moved into an apartment years ago, just sitting in a kitchen drawer when I was unpacking in my new place. Whoever lived there before must have left it behind. It’s a drawing of a sheep dressed as a wolf. I have no idea who the artist is, but it’s one of my favorite pieces. I’ve always kind of related to this drawing. I framed it and have brought it with me whenever I move. If there was a fictional character representing my home I would have to say it’s the creature of this sheep/wolf dichotomy.
Coco’s words of wisdom: I think it’s pretty common for people to collect furniture and different items as they move from place to place, inheriting things from a roommate or family or friends, and never really question the presence of each piece in your home. It’s important to really evaluate every thing you have… Does it make you happy? What function is it serving? You can feel a lot of energy from your art, your furniture and every belonging you allow into your space. My advice for creating a home you love is to listen to this energy and don’t be afraid to let things go just because something doesn’t feel right. Picking up pieces that you associate with good memories (traveling to a new place, bought with a loved one, made by someone special), is a good way to ensure you’re bringing good vibes into your home.
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