When California native Brittany Gilroy and her husband William moved into their Park Slope brownstone 6 months ago, they knew they wanted to bring both of their design styles together into the home. “I have always loved a lot of color, variations of patterns and textures—much of my inspiration comes from from my travels abroad,” Brittany says. “My husband is into clean lines and is more of a minimalist, but he did give me carte blanche as far as decorating our Brooklyn apartment. I tried to integrate his love for simple, Mid-Century Modern furniture, while still having a lot of fun with some bold, more artsy pieces and a lot of color play.” Brittany teamed up with Max Aboody, one of west elm DUMBO’s Style + Service designers, to turn this vision into a reality.
“Once I started pointing out pieces that I loved, Max got a better sense for my aesthetic and my desire to go a bit more eccentric and create an old Hollywood glam feel. Maybe it’s my nostalgia for California, but I kept gravitating towards a bolder, more luxurious look and I’m so glad I stuck to my gut with this.” noted Brittany.
“Max came over for an at-home consultation and was extremely helpful,” Brittany says. “I really learned a lot from him. When we first moved in, we had no idea what to do about the lower level. The floor plan downstairs is a bit odd, sort of hour-glass shaped. We really struggled with where to place the furniture without blocking off the openness and the natural sunlight. Max immediately knew how to handle the floor plan and came up with the idea to ‘create’ a parlor room type of space.”
The couple decided to turn an upstairs second bedroom into a quaint TV room with a side office. They ended up going with a sleeper sofa so they could accommodate out-of-town weekend guests. “It’s really one of the most comfortable sleeper sofas I’ve tried – one of the favorite pieces we went with!”
Max’s goal was to create an easy flow living space for two. With a narrow room, the challenge was the break up the space to create intimate areas. The rug in the main living space really brought the room to life! It was just the pop of color and texture that the room needed.