Does this home may look familiar to you? It was featured on Apartment Therapy’s Re-Nest blog and later was picked up by the Nate Berkus show, but I somehow missed it and only recently came across this lovely, light-filled home. It really takes my breath away, both the aesthetics of the space and the thought, care, and hard work that homeowners Lyndsay Caleo and Fitzhugh Karol put into making it green and chic. Much of the furniture was built by the couple themselves out of reclaimed or salvaged materials, including that drop dead gorgeous dining table – wow, right?
I love the repurposed sliding barn door, loft bedroom, and all of the built-in shelving. Lyndsay and Fitzhugh blended their own work with vintage finds, filling in with a few new pieces and inexpensive basics from Ikea. Something I really admire is how they were able to pull the bits and pieces together over time yet always keep an overall vision in mind, so the end effect is neat & pulled-together. No small feat!
In their Re-Nest interview, the couple said they were inspired by Scandinavian summer cottages – I can totally feel it, can’t you? In fact, if I didn’t already know this was located in Brooklyn, I would never have guessed! The lofty ceilings and huge walls of windows let the light pour in, and the all-white floors and walls really make the most of it. The whole space is under 1400 sq/ft, but I would much rather live here than in a larger house that was broken up into lots of tiny, dark rooms!
I would love an open-plan home (and wouldn’t mind a bit if it was on the small side), but I do need some private space and would not feel comfortable in a full-on open loft. And while it may seem like a splurge to build custom shelving or closets, when you are working with a small space where everything is on display, storage can be even more important than furniture – so I would definitely follow Lyndsay and Fitzhugh’s example and take the time and effort to get that part of the design just right.
What about you, how do you feel about open-plan living spaces? Would this feel livable to you or would you rather have a large home with many smaller rooms? It seems to me that in a larger home with lots of little nooks and crannies, much of the space can go unused – many of the older homes here in New England are like that, with fusty little formal living rooms, dens, sitting rooms, etc. Is that common where you live, too? But then again, I can see the appeal of a home with lots of beautiful little jewel-like rooms. Which would you prefer?