Designer Brooke Slabic transforms a two-bedroom Clinton Hill, Brooklyn apartment into a soft yet edgy abode, where old treasures mingle seamlessly with new finds and bold color offsets understated shades.
Photos by Nick Glimenakis
When it comes to dream clients, designer Brooke Slabic might have hit the lottery.
“There are no design rules in her world, which I just love,” gushes Brooke.
Without a prescriptive set of design guidelines to follow, Brooke was emboldened to follow her instincts, establishing a space that captures the infectious spirit of her Clinton Hill, Brooklyn-based client. That means seeing her “super hip and down-to-earth” vibe to its design zenith.
“The first big and risky design decision we made in the space was to bring in the Muuto Compose Sofa in blush,” she shares. “The form and color of the sofa dictated where the rest of the space would go.”
With the living room’s focal point solidified, Brooke balanced the space with a more pared-down palette, coating the walls in a white opal hue that gives the place a fresh, airy feel. To lend the room warmth and texture, she selected a pebble wool and jute area rug that anchors the furniture and visually separates the living area from the dining nook.
To balance all the newness, Brooke incorporated heirloom pieces, like an oversized bespoke ottoman, which she reupholstered in a classic stripe fabric. She also refreshed a Paul McCobb credenza that her client’s husband inherited, refinishing and lightening it before painting the avocado-colored doors a bold, rich blue.
When Brooke wasn’t weaving in her client’s pre-existing vintage and gathered goods, she looked to local purveyors for accessories to adorn the space.
“It was important to my client that we source accessories and fabrics from local shops, and we were very inspired by Brooklyn tastemakers,” she explains.
Among this curated assortment of pieces include a ceramic votive bowl from Brooklyn-based Mquan and a hand-thrown earthenware bowl from Workaday Handmade in Williamsburg. And when it came to selecting artwork, she also combined both old and new pieces from local and foreign artists. Her client already owned an impressive collection, so Brooke worked to source additional pieces that captured the feeling, while taking into consideration the scale and color palette in the living area. To complement the room’s soft colors, she selected a painting by Australian artist Caroline Walls, which is flanked by the room’s two floor-to-ceiling windows.
For the room’s most sizable piece, Brooke put her degree in illustration to use, creating a piece specifically for her client—a first for the designer. Inspired by a Rebecca Atwood project, Brooke created a large-scale potato print to hang above the blush-toned couch.
“The blending of new works with my client’s collection of vintage and gathered goods created a space that reflects who I think she is,” Brooke says. “It’s modern and fresh; it’s lived in and feels like home, yet it’s edgy and hip.”
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