Name: Leela, Chris and Violet
Location: Bedford Stuyvesant — Brooklyn, New York
Size: 1,200 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years, owned
Leela describes her family’s Brooklyn home as a constant work in progress. When the she and Chris purchased the whole building about four years ago, lots of work needed to be done. Their full gut renovations left them with a “Brooklyn industrial recycled Scandinavian” duplex, though. The family inhabits the full garden level and a portion of the second floor, while the rest of the building is rented out. In fact, Alanna Okun is their tenant!
Leela (an integrative nutrition, health and wellness coach) and Chris (a virtual space designer) live in a serene space featuring many different types of pieces, which reveal their histories. Images of Leela’s home island of Guernsey and fermentation crocks from Chris’ parents all blend together in their bright home.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Brooklyn industrial recycled Scandinavian
Inspiration: We collected inspiring images and created a vision board (which I have done many times in my life – including before I came to New York, which I believe was part of what got me here!) We kept these images over our dining room table in our Fort Greene rental. It works!
Favorite Element: The abundance of light.
Biggest Challenge: The renovation was hugely stressful.
Biggest Embarrassment: The old “wall of rectangles” (it is now gone, thank goodness) which was created by the contractors whilst we weren’t really paying attention. It was to store CDs (who still has CDs?!) and was clunky and ugly.
Proudest DIY: The floorboards. We collected beams, which were being stripped out of Fort Greene renovations, took them to Williamsburg, and had them milled! The copper pipes in the bathroom. The drawer sets, which we stripped and re-worked…
Biggest Indulgence: Our totally extravagant BUT AMAZING Duxiana bed. We bought it after experiencing them at the Greenwich Hotel. SO worth it!
Best Advice: Create a vision board! They WORK! We have one up now for our new project in Guernsey!
Dream Sources: REMODELISTA!
Feng Shui by Manu!
PAINT & COLORS
Farrow & Ball / Behr
Wooden bench — Brooklyn Flea
Baskets under bench — Jill Lindsey
Mirror — From an old door, framed by Ted Sitler in Fort Greene
Angels — Handmade by Leela!
Emmy — Won by Chris!
Heart Pillow project — Open Art Spark
Crystal Bulb — Lee Broom
Thermostat — Nest
Door intercom — AIPHONE
Shaker pegs — Peg and Rail USA
Sofa — ABC Home
Sofa cover – Feliz
Sofa cushions – Jill Lindsey Store
Crystals in shrine – Minka Brooklyn
Lakshmi in shrine — Namaste Bookshop
Gray plant pot — Ikea
Projector — InFocus
Wall lamp — Rejuvenation
Island with Viking stove — Big Reuse
Rangecraft extractor fan — Big Reuse
Sub Zero Fridge — Big Reuse
Gas Wall Oven — Veron Appliances
Cabinets — Ikea
Recycled glass counter tops — GEOS Recycled Glass Surface
Coffee Machine — Breville Espresso
Kettle — Muji
Brass banker lamp — from Charlie Kaufman’s movie “Synecdoche NY”!
Wooden spoon holders — Feliz Brooklyn
Wooden tomato crate for oils etc — Guernsey! Vintage.
Wire baskets for coffee — Brooklyn Flea
Coffee! — Brooklyn Roasting
Dishwasher — Bosch
Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer — KitchenAid
Hanging wire fruit basket — Remodelista (not onsite now!)
Depression glass — From Chris’ parents
BEDROOM 1 (UPSTAIRS)
Lantern — Paris Au Mois Da’out
Fabric above bed — Made by Leela! From the tea I drink.
Work table — Singer sewing machine (we should have opened this up – it is powder blue!)
Wall lamps — Rejuvenation
Bench — Handmade by a dear friend’s grandfather!
Crock “bedside tables” — From Chris’ parents. Wooden tops made by Ted Sitler in Fort Greene
Peace image — New York Times
Tivoli Radio — Tivoli Audio
Duxiana Bed — Duxiana
Cushion on bed — Jill Lindsey
Drawer sets — Found on street, thoroughly cleaned (!), stripped and repainted with Farrow & Ball paint, with pulls from Anthropologie (can’t find them on the site any longer)
Fiddlehead Fig — Found on street in Clinton Hill!
Keepsake fabric necklaces — Open Art Spark
Sparkly shoes — Anniel Moda
BEDROOM 2 (DOWNSTAIRS)
Lofted bed with bookshelf steps — Handmade by Chris!
Pink hanging over shelf — A foil birthday balloon stitched together to create a piece – as the foil doesn’t break down. An Open Art Spark project.
Drawers — Chris’ childhood! Repainted with Farrow & Ball with Erica Silberman’s (at the Flatiron location) guidance!
Receiver — Harman Kardon from Halsey & Lewis Records, Brooklyn
Turntable — Technics from Halsey & Lewis Records, Brooklyn
Fox Beanbag — PB Teen
Rug — Ikea
Cat bed for Biscuit, Nutmeg and Fluffy (the cats) — IKEA
Copper plant hangers (in windows) — Remodelista
Cat curtains — IKEA
Shaker pegs — Peg and Rail USA
Steele Basket for “friends” — Steele Canvas
Music banner — Outdated Cafe
Blue bench — Made by Chris grandmother, painted with Farrow & Ball
Sink and mirror cabinet — Ikea
Bathtub — Whyndham Collection
Copper piping and red handles — Hardware store!
No 1 Candle — Jill Lindsey
Apotheke Diffuser — Jill Lindsey
Turkish Towels — Feliz Brooklyn
Copper plant hanger — Remodelisa
Pail and soap dispensers — Muji
Wooden shelves — Made by Chris from Fort Greene beams!
Table — Handmade by Chris!
Wood fired oven — Handmade by Violet, Chris, Leela & Michael (Leela’s dad!)
Metal bench — From a friend
Wire back chairs — Found on street
Solar powered irrigation system — Greenwood Robinson
String of lights — Amazon