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A Brooklyn Home With A Vibrant Color Palette

Interior designer, Jessica Helgerson has no issue with color. And she shows how to use it just right in this modern Brooklyn home.

No Sleep Till Brooklyn

In the Brooklyn neighborhood of Cobble Hill, rapper, Mike D of the Beastie Boys, has a stunning home filled with artistry from the borough he calls home. Like many homes in Brooklyn, this classic 160-year-old brownstone, which was likely an apartment building in another life, has been lovingly renovated into a 3,200 square foot family home. Perfect for a family of four including Diamond, his wife, and their two sons, the interior has been designed with custom finishes and pieces all made by local designers.

It’s clear that this hip hop artist and his family have a love of art and artistry. One-of-a-kind pieces can be spotted throughout the interior. In the living room, a set of paintings on the mantel are by fellow musician, Kim Gordon. And a large abstract piece by fellow Brooklynite, Keltie Ferris, takes up one of the living room walls. 

In the open plan dining room and kitchen, custom artistry is on display. Glassware in the kitchen sits on a shelf by Brooklyn company, ESP Metal Crafts. Beyond the bar, the furniture in the dining room is a combination of mid-century modern and rustic design. Over the dining table, a chandelier by Tord Boontje adds some sparkle.

The master bedroom is a perfect retreat for parents of two boys. An accent wall features Mike D’s vision for a wallpaper design, created in collaboration with Flavor Paper. The Brooklyn Toile wallpaper features Brooklyn icons including the Notorious B.I.G., the Coney Island roller coaster and the borough’s elevated subway trains. The master bathroom is another picture-perfect space in the interior. A black clawfoot tub is the ultimate luxury item and on the bathroom cabinet, the teal hardware is pretty and unexpected.

The entire home is a luxurious ode to downtown style.

aphrochic - The Brooklyn home of Mike D of the Beastie Boys

aphrochic - The Brooklyn home of Mike D of the Beastie Boys

aphrochic - The Brooklyn home of Mike D of the Beastie Boys

aphrochic - The Brooklyn home of Mike D of the Beastie Boys

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The New York Times

Hank Mitchell’s Cultural Bed-Stuy Interior

Mr. Mitchell's Rules via New York Magazine

In the Bed-Stuy home of designer Hank Mitchell, cultural touches are everywhere.  Through art, global objects, and textiles, Hank has designed a modern home that speaks to his heritage and his own personal story.  Behind the ladder (the only way up to his home office) a casually curated collection of paintings and black and white photographs speak to his own personal history.

Mr. Mitchell's Rules via New York Magazine

In the living room, light blue walls are the perfect backdrop to the various pieces in the space.  A textured fireplace surround, metal side chair, and natural wood table are enveloped in a room filled with a diverse art collection.  The red painting hung on the right is a treasured piece painted by Hank’s sister who has since passed away.

Mr. Mitchell's Rules via New York Magazine

The simple nook that houses the bed comes to life with a vibrant Kente cloth blanket and Kuba pillow.

Mr. Mitchell's Rules via New York Magazine

Hank’s bathroom is truly breathtaking.  It’s a water closet with so many shower heads, that I can admit I’m absolutely jealous!

Read more about Mr. Mitchell’s unique interior, and the inspiration for the design in New York Magazine >

The Home of Swedish Interior Stylist Saša Antić

Take a look inside the Stockholm home of interior of stylist Saša Antić. This Swedish set and prop stylist has been able to design a home with lots of character that comes in the form of unique accessories, art, and an eye for sculptural furnishings. Click through the slideshow to explore our favorite details.  

Source: Elle Decoration South Africa 

Small Space, Big Style in Harlem

Take a peek into the Harlem apartment of Danielle Arps, former assistant to Rita Konig of Domino.  Danielle turned her small Harlem apartment into a cozy and beautiful home, all while on a tight budget. The interior is filled with beautiful elements that make this small space shine. Danielle believes in purchasing big pieces that will last for a long time and enhances her space with cool accessories. She is an artist, and art is featured throughout this small space. In so many ways, it brings it to life.

Source: Billie Magazine

A Stunning Brooklyn Heights Interior

In this historic Brooklyn Heights home there are tons of beautiful things to behold – Berber rugs, modern art, African furnishings.

A Parisian Pied-à-Terre by Ishka Designs

Anishka Clarke and Niya Bascom of Ishka Designs have an eye for blending art and culture into contemporary spaces.  In one of the City of Light they have designed a gorgeous Parisian pied-à-terre filled with unexpected pops of color, a fabulous art collection, and global furnishings and textiles (like the many colorful kilims that can be spotted throughout the apartment). The bright yellow staircase in the hallway is one of our favorite moments in this open and airy space.  Your eye just follows the shade up the curvy design of the staircase.  In the living room you can see the diverse collection of pieces that had to be incorporated into the design.  In the corner sits a wine barrel that looks like a hand-crafted sculpture from afar. Chairs from India sit on the other side of the living area. They are the foundation for a cozy lounge area. There is a wonderful blend of the old and the new in this apartment.  A pair of Louis chairs was a family heirloom, left untouched in the original fabric.  A brightly colored kilim adds even more color to this bright vignette. To keep the attention on the various art and sculptures in the space, a neutral backdrop was used.  It was a smart way to create an uncluttered look that let’s the focus rest on the homeowner’s extensive collection.

Photographer: Niya Bascom Photography

Alicia Keys’ Manhattan Penthouse

Earlier this year Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz sold their fabulous Soho penthouse.  While the couple may have left this amazing Manhattan home for the suburbs of New Jersey, it’s still worth a look inside this incredible interior. Surrounded by glass, one of the most beautiful things about this space is how natural light just streams in. Around every corner you are met with interesting pieces, like the Muhammad Ali photograph in the pool room and a graffiti covered pool table. The dining room has the best views, overlooking Soho.  The dining chairs look custom made with unique Greek key details on the arm. The use of rich materials is what makes this space truly luxurious. In the kitchen and living room, an expanse of marble is used as an eye-catching feature. Particularly the marble surrounded fireplace. What could be more glamorous?

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