Bev Wilson of the interior design blog Room Sauce knows a thing or two about the art of patience. She knows that designing takes time, even when you move all your things from one similarly sized apartment to another. She also believes in investing timeless and functional prices that will work in any space of any style, especially considering that moving is simply a fact of life in NYC. Bev’s design sensibilities can translate to a number of different spaces, from a modern new-build apartment, to an old pre-war. She works as a lawyer full-time, but she uses her outside-of-work passion for photography and interior design to share her beautiful spaces online and on social media. Over the years, Room Sauce has been Bev’s defacto design diary, from her first apartment she shared with her cat, Ozzy, and then her new puppy, Ivy — to now her shared space with her partner, Jeff.
The couple found their new apartment after an exhaustive 5-month search all throughout Brooklyn at the end of 2018. Commercial Downtown Brooklyn was admittedly not their neighborhood of choice, but they went to the open house anyway with an open mind and a pre-filled out application just in case. Once they saw the space, they understandably fell in love immediately and were signing a lease a few days later. The apartment itself is somewhat of a fluke. Occupying two stories of a 100+ year old brownstone in an area not particularly known for its quaint older buildings (read: glass towers and commercial buildings galore), it’s not only spacious, but has retained some of it’s old world charm during a gut-renovation. Win-win.
When they first moved in, Bev asked herself the question many of us are familiar with: where do we even start? They ditched their old sofa, and a lot of their larger furniture pieces, during the move and wanted to start fresh with something more versatile. After sitting on lawn chairs for several weeks and beginning to wonder how they ended up here, she decided she would tackle the obvious first: the sofa. This is an important purchase for any home considering it’s the family crash pad and a retreat after a long day where you’ll likely spend the most time hanging out. It also represents most people’s first impression of a home upon walking in, as it’s often the biggest and most noticeable aspect of the main room. She knew she needed something affordable (furnishing an entire house ain’t cheap), with pet friendly fabric, and something they could both sit on in person before pulling the trigger. After coming across the Haven Sofa in the West Elm DUMBO store just down the street, she fell in love. “This is literally one of the most comfortable sofas that I’ve ever sat on.” We got a chance to visit and chat with Bev on how she designed her new space. Read on below!
Hi! I’m Bev Wilson.
My boyfriend, Jeff, and I moved to our Brooklyn brownstone apartment a few months ago. We share our home with two pets, our cat Ozzie, and our dog Ivy.
I am full-time lawyer, but also love interior design and photography. A little over a year ago I started an interior design blog called Room Sauce to document my projects and I also have an Instagram account by the same name. Room Sauce is fun to do in my spare time. One of the best parts is getting to meet new friends that also love interiors and design.
Our building was built in 1899 and the owners gut renovated our apartment about two years ago. I love that while our neighborhood is known for being commercial and industrial, the block we live on is lined with brownstones. We feel very lucky to have found our new home.
I spend the most time in our living room and the fireplace is my favorite part of the room. I have never had a fireplace before and even though it is decorative, it is such a special feature of our home.
Creating a comfortable and relaxing space was my primary goal. I gravitate towards the clean lines of mid-century modern furniture, but it is a priority to me that everything in our home is comfortable as well. It was also important to me to create a pet-friendly home. Using durable fabrics in our decor such as leather, canvas, wool and jute helped to create a cozy space that can easily withstand wear from pets. Mixing modern and thrifted pieces is something that I always love doing in design. Pairing unique modern decor with antiques and thrift store finds adds character to any space.
Brownstones tend to be narrow and our home is no exception. Long narrow spaces can be difficult to arrange and decorate, but it has been a fun challenge. The biggest issue has been getting furniture through our narrow doors and stairs!
Create an indoor/outdoor space like a sun room. Having outdoor space like a deck is great, but it can be difficult to use it for half of the year. My dream project would be to create a space where you feel like you are outside, but can be used year round.
Get interior design advice from your friends. Whenever I have a design question it is so helpful to take photos of my space and ask for help. Getting feedback and interior design tips from people on my blog and Instagram has helped me find many decor solutions.
I love Brooklyn parks and how walkable it is. We live a short distance from Brooklyn Bridge Park and walking along with water with Ivy is one of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon.