Interior Crush: A Dreamy Brooklyn Brownstone – Abigail Nora
Interior Crush: A Dreamy Brooklyn Brownstone – Abigail Nora

Interior Crush: A Dreamy Brooklyn Brownstone – Abigail Nora

Hi there! Posting on Tuesday instead of Monday this week due to the MLK holiday — and being a bit tired after a fab Blackhawks game with my dad on Sunday. 🙂

I actually had a different post planned for today, but knew it could wait after I stumbled across Jae and Devin’s Brooklyn brownstone on Apartment Therapy. Oh my gosh, you guys, this space is literally my definition of dream home. It’s just photo after photo of interior eye candy. And at first thought it was a totally aspirational, “maybe one day” kind of interior crush, but there are ideas here that can be applied to smaller spaces and budgets. Like that rug. Which I want.

That would be the rug in question. I’m pretty sure it’s this one – which tops out at $773.50 for a 9×12′, aka a downright steal for a Moroccan-style rug. That hanging ladder with throw blankets is just begging to be DIY-ed, too.

I am also loving the banana leaf palm in the living room. I’m into fiddle leaf figs as much as the next girl, but it’s nice to see a change of (plant) pace every once in awhile! As we’ve seen in other interior crushes, a mix of greenery and textures really do make all the difference in the world.

The house has an abundance of charm and character thanks to dramatic ceiling heights, doorways and moldings, but if you’re feeling ambitious, many of those elements can be replicated – to an extent – with a good old DIY project.

I am absolutely dying over the Fornasetti plates, fireplace and disco-chic chandelier. But again, there are totally attainable elements in the kitchen, like the dark accent wall and Urban Outfitters stools.

The master bedroom is the stuff of “All White Everything” dreams – I’m super into the Moroccan Wedding blanket/sheepskin combination happening on the stool at the end of the bed. I’ve got a chair with a sheepskin on it in my own apartment at the moment, maybe all it needs is a Moroccan Wedding style pillow to complete the look (also love this Anthro option).

Also very much a fan of the simple coffee table styling. Apparently the box is from a shop in Chicago, but Jae did not say which one unfortunately! In the meantime, CB2 just released a similar, larger suitcase style piece.

Jae’s dressing closet might be my favorite spot in the entire apartment – girl could give Jenna Lyons a run for her money. (One of these days I’ll have to do an “interior crush” of Jenna Lyons’ space…)

Okay, yes, we can’t all have Celine and Lanvin boxes decking out the top of our closets. But arranging by color and creating a system out of what looks like IKEA Billy bookshelves? Much more doable.

The brownstone is actually divided into three apartments – a garden apartment, Jae and Devin’s apartment on the first and second floors, and a third-floor space available for rent via Airbnb.

Again – the power of plants! Love the simple, neutral styling in the third-floor space.

Jae is an interior designer, and I absolutely love her biggest advice for those decorating their own spaces. It’s something I myself often need reminding of:

Be super patient, especially if you’re not working with a designer! Decorate and rearrange continuously, but do it little by little. I’m the most impatient person in the world, but that really is my best advice…Took numerous trials and errors to get here, and I AM an interior designer! It definitely is such an exciting and fun process but take your time with it…I swear, it works better that way, and the space will feel so much more special to you.

Shop pieces from and inspired by Jae and Devin’s dreamy Brooklyn brownstone below:

All images: Apartment Therapy