Quintessentially ‘Brooklyn’



As I anticipated in the end of the previous post today I show you the home of another Australian family. This home has a completely different style and is on another continent. The two-bedroom Brooklyn apartment of textile artist Maryanne Moodie and her partner Aaron Moodie (a designer for Etsy) is a truly beautiful, very relaxed space with lots of light and plants that make the atmosphere friendly and welcoming. Even though they have been living there for only two years, after Aaron got the opportunity from his employer, Etsy to relocate, the apartment has everything we call quintessentially ‘Brooklyn’.


The couple found their new dream home in New York relatively quickly. As both Maryanne and Aaron have creative professions (artist and designer), after viewing two shoebox-size spaces, they determined the two most indispensable criteria: light and space. They didn’t mind walking up the stairs even with toddlers (they have two kids: the three-year-old Murray and a little baby, Rudi), however they knew light and space not only define their everyday life but also affect their creativity. Right during the first viewing of this top floor apartment of a tall, over hundred-year-old brownstone building, both of them felt it was the one. Another advantage of this light-filled airy home for the busy young couple is that it is in a beautiful tree-lined street where kids can play outdoors so it will fit their lifestyle in the coming years perfectly.



The apartment still had the original fixtures including huge windows, fireplace, radiators:



Maryanne wasted no time in bringing her special aesthetic to the interior after waiting for their furniture to arrive from Melbourne. Beautiful handcrafted treasures and artworks from familiar Melbourne makers fill the bright rooms, this helps them not to feel too far away from home:



Maryanne’s unique aesthetic is everywhere. She likes mixing nice mid-century vintage pieces, dares using colors in the bright interior, and adores lush indoor plants. It is visible that ‘thinkers’ live in this stunning, airy, arty home:



The apartment provides enough space to separate home and work life. The weaving above the side table in the living room is Maryanne’s work:



Design classic DSW chairs by Charles and Ray Eeames around the dining table. The brilliant illustrated kangaroo gives such a lovely touch of Australia in New York City – just like the koala in the bedroom:



Pretty little details everywhere, even in the white kitchen:



All the gorgeous plants make it feel like an oasis in the heart of Brooklyn:



What a great personality this home has! Another lovely one of Maryanne’s weavings and a koala illustration on the wall with a baby blue Eames armchair:



In the bedroom many artworks and design pieces are art trades with fellow artists and designers, like Esther Stewart, Jake Walker, Eric Trine and Elizabeth Barnett  – Maryanne feels very privileged about this:



Source: The Design Files, Photo – Eve Wilson

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