Name: Isabelle Donovan and Salty Cat
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Type of accommodation: Apartment
Size: 325 square meters
Years lived in: 15 months, rent
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Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: The home is a mix of vintage and new. Mostly thrifted pieces and some get me the lowdown from my mom who is an interior designer. It was important to me to be able to entertain in a small room, so I spent a lot of time optimizing the space for that. I live here with my rescued cat, Salty Cat, named after my favorite cooking ingredient – salt!
I really like a mix of traditional, antique, vintage and modern furniture. I also love textiles, patterns and colors. I kept the bottom of the room very neutral with colors, texture and pattern to make the room more interesting. The scale was really the most important thing for me to make sure that every item I bring into the home fits properly. I like a bit of spunk, but I also love traditional stuff.
From my custom leopard print Knoll chair to Fortuny cushions and vintage champagne buckets, traditional oil paintings and contemporary photography set against light gray crown molding. I also really wanted to achieve a quality room but didn’t have a huge budget so spent a lot of time finding ways to achieve it with second hand items. I have been strongly influenced by my mother, who is an interior designer.
Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Eclectic, traditional, subdued, modern
What is your favorite room and why? It’s all in one room, so bedroom/living room.
What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? A vintage lamp and marble side table.
Any tips for creating a home you love? Measure everything!!! Build with the foundation/basics and accessories slowly. Buy things you will use and that look beautiful.