I couldn’t have done this project without: Liam Murray of Higher Standard Interiors, our general contractor and a master carpenter and millworker.
The electrician who can do no wrong: Alex Spark.
Pristine painter: Carlos, who is part of Liam’s team.
Genius gardener: Valerie Strait.
Meticulous wallpaper installer: Juan Argueta at J&J Wallcovering.
Other highly recommended craftspeople: Ryan Grambart at CopperSmith, who made the custom range hood and matched my design perfectly; Tamas Matyek, the owner of Cabinet Maker NYC, who created the custom kitchen; Kevin McCormick, a pro at Venetian plastering and specialty wall techniques; and Elephants, who crafted the custom vanities and cabinets in the bathrooms.
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Harmony Modular Sofa,
Stone Washed Velvet Pillow,
Dome Pendant, Perforated,
Cane Dining Chairs with Arms–Natural,
Go-to local vintage shop: The Modern Republic. Steve and Kenya have a great eye for fun pieces.
Favorite neighborhood home store: Dyphor in Williamsburg. It’s a small business, but Francesca is sustainably sourcing her furniture, and there’s no middleman. You know your money is going directly back to the people whom she collaborates with, and you’re getting a really good, quality product.
Bookmarked decor site: I check them all, and I go down Etsy rabbit holes.
Can’t-go-wrong flower source: Rugiatu Jalloh and Effie Cudjoe of Reflorish in Brooklyn, who supplied the arrangements for this story!
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In the living room, the designer paired an artisan-made Moroccan rug and a puffy bouclé chair from Brooklyn showroom Dyphor, where she is a longtime customer, with a handcrafted West Elm sofa. Vintage pottery from Philadelphia-based vintage purveyor The Modern Republic, who Bailey-Babenzien discovered at the Brooklyn Flea a few years back, pepper the much-debated open shelves. And in the dining area, a work by neighbor and artist Claudia Pearson catches the rays streaming in from the French doors. “Adrian and his mom are really modern thinkers in how they prioritize green design and local artisans,” says Bailey-Babenzien. Like mother, like son.
Above, left: Tile, Daltile; Pendant Lamp, Estelle Bailey-Babenzien; Showerhead, Toto; Vintage Vase, The Modern Republic; Vintage Stool. Above, right: Sphere & Stem 6-Light Chandelier, Mid-Century Dresser, Metal-Frame Round Mirror, West Elm; Vase by Jun Tsunoda, Roman and Williams Guild.
Above: Silk Bedding, Mohair Blanket, Table Lamp, Dyphor; Vintage Chair, The Modern Republic; Front Porch Paint, Sherwin-Williams.