Most expectant parents who decide to move do so in search of square footage, whether in a spacious kitchen with an eat-in island or a dedicated playroom. But for Brooklyn-based florist Ryan Norville; her artist husband, Kyle; and their 1-year-old son, Ciel, it was much simpler than that: They needed a washing machine.
(Kyle did the bulk of the laundry and was tired of making the trek outside during the wintertime.) “We were hoping to stay where we were, but our landlord just wouldn’t budge on it,” recalls Ryan. Knowing the chore would only become more tiresome (and more frequent) once their second child arrived, they started looking.
Finding a place within their Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood that checked all of the boxes was a challenge from the get-go: The area has become a hub for designers, writers, and other creative types, making it a more competitive market. The search got even harder after the couple saw an apartment that had two bathrooms, a perk they hadn’t considered. “After that, we were like: Man, we really want to have everything,” says Ryan, laughing. Eventually they discovered the best of all worlds—a two-bed, two-bath with an in-unit washer and dryer—just on the border of Crown Heights.
Double the Fun
With a 1-year-old at home and a baby on the way, florist Ryan Norville took a fresh approach to her kids’ shared nursery.
Photography by Belle Morizio
Words by Lydia Geisel
Styling by Naomi deManana
January 27, 2022