When Megan Hershman, director of design at Common Living, and her husband Noah Venezia, a graphic designer and assistant professor at the Pratt Institute, stumbled across the top floor of this two-story townhouse in Carroll Gardens, it was the abundance of natural light that instantly hooked them. “The unit faces north and south and gets direct sun for most of the day,” Megan explains. “We knew right away that it suited us.” Along with good lighting, the couple enjoyed the building’s old-world charms, like the tin ceilings, cast-iron undermount kitchen sink, and original hardwood floors. “We also loved the old school charm of the pink bathroom, which was so playful and one of a kind,” adds Megan.
But their dream apartment had a few weak points, one of which was storage. “Living in New York, we’re no strangers to limited storage, but when we moved in, we realized we only had one closet, which obviously isn’t ideal,” Megan says. To solve this problem, they added custom shelves from Rakk in the dining room so they can store and display all their dishes, books, photos and designer items. “We like to revamp this shelf every couple of months with new items and photos,” says Megan. “It helps refresh the space and give it personality.” The kitchen also had limited storage options and was quite compact, so the pair made use of wall space again, adding hooks, rods and magnets to hold their pots, utensils and knives.
It was important to them to make sure the space was comfortable, bright and playful. Since the apartment is small, they needed to maximize every square inch of space. They achieved this by keeping furniture neutral and clean, extending their storage solutions to the walls, and focusing on key accessories and artwork in the space. “We’re both very creative, so we wanted to make sure our home was infused with both of our personalities, without taking each other too seriously,” Megan explains. Noah is an avid book and record collector and Megan loves designer objects, art and furniture. Early on, they decided that rather than hiding all of their items, they would put them on display to honor their respective interests. “We think it gives a lot of character to the apartment and it’s a great reflection of who we are as designers and creatives,” they say.
Obviously, a colorful but balanced home was essential. “To that end, we made sure the furniture itself was clean, everything we needed, but nothing more,” says Megan. They wanted their art, decor and accessories to be the focal point of the space, so they agreed not to paint any of the walls a specific color and instead opted for white walls to keep the interiors bright and airy. “It made our home feel like a blank canvas for us to bring in a mutual accent color – in our case, we love yellow – and keep that theme going in all of our decor items and accessories. interior.”
Originally appeared on Architectural Summary