|A well-edited corner with an eclectic mix|
Revamp Interior Design founder Danielle Fennoy and her husband Jevaun Howell purchased their 1,100 square foot new construction condo in Brooklyn three years ago. They were drawn to the happening section of the borough – just minutes away from the booming foodie haven on Vanderbilt Ave. in Prospect Heights. Beyond the two bedrooms, two baths, tall ceilings and practical layout, you could say the private terrace influenced their decision too. As a matter of fact, according to Fennoy, the outdoor space is “what sold the apartment.”
Aside from purchasing for the space and location, the couple was able to move right in with no renovations needed, which was a big plus. However, the challenge with a space such as this – unlike many New York apartment buildings complete with century-old details and pre-war character – is creating a way to personalize it. Taking a blank slate and making it unique and interesting is not easy, but Fennoy was up to the task.
|Natural light pouring into a spacious living room is a desirable element in any NYC apartment, but the terrace is the main feature that sold the condo.|
The other challenges for any interior designer lie in the decision-making process. Most designers find it easy to make choices for clients, but difficult to narrow those options for their own homes. Fennoy explained that she is no different.
“I’m exposed to all that’s out there in terms of design, which makes it hard to make firm decisions regarding our personal space. Plus, we were on a budget and I’ve got one very opinionated and super-involved husband.” Fennoy and Howell’s tastes obviously mesh well, as anyone can see in the photos of their tranquil yet sophisticated living space.
|A sleek yet practical wall cabinet defines the entrance.|
But, as with all small-scale New York apartments, innovative storage is a must; we all find that we never have quite enough. To remedy that, Fennoy added pull-out drawers under the bed, and store-bought wall cabinets. Built-in storage under the windows houses shoes and keeps the bedroom clutter-free.
|Though it looks custom, the grellow storage was store-bought.|
The designer’s favorite finds include the grellow wall-mounted cabinets in the master bedroom. “It took some serious convincing to get my husband on board, but once they were up he was all about them as well.” Fennoy also adores their Arne Jacobson Egg Chair in cream wool placed in the living room. “I won it in a crossword puzzle raffle from Suite NY many years ago when they were first opening their showroom. The chair looks good in any room.”
The design is a fusion of the pair’s preferred styles ranging from modern to vintage, complete with custom pieces, in-stock items, and flea-market finds, as well as collectibles Fennoy has picked up during her travels over the years. The finished space is eclectic, chic and comfortable.
Fennoy took the mundane city condo and filled it with practical furnishings and objets d’art, giving life to what would’ve otherwise been just another cookie-cutter apartment.
|Fennoy added storage in every nook and cranny in the bedroom, including built-in nightstands. A rich accent wall lends punch to the space.
For more about Danielle, visit Revamp’s website.
Fennoy’s design tip for small spaces: Adequate and organized closets mean less clutter in the actual living spaces.