This tiny Brooklyn apartment is full of smart storage solutions

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When Megan Hershman, director of design at Common Living, and her husband Noah Venezia, a graphic designer and assistant professor at the Pratt Institute, stumbled across the top floor of this two-story townhouse in Carroll Gardens, it was the abundance of natural light that instantly hooked them. “The unit faces north and south and gets direct sun for most of the day,” Megan explains. “We knew right away that it suited us.” Along with good lighting, the couple enjoyed the building’s old-world charms, like the tin ceilings, cast-iron undermount kitchen sink, and original hardwood floors. “We also loved the old school charm of the pink bathroom, which was so playful and one of a kind,” adds Megan.

Although small, the couple like the brightness of the kitchen. “We’re in love with the pre-war cast iron sink,” says Megan. “It gives the apartment that old New York charm.” The couple added plants with quirky planters in this space for a splash of color, as well as mamo eyeglasses, Heather ceramic dishes and Dansk pots.

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Using the wall space was important to Megan and Noah, who wanted the dining room to be functional, yet fun and eclectic as it is the center of their home and where they spend most of their time.  “This area features items that we collected during our stay as a couple, such as decorations and photos from time spent abroad, works of art and special gifts from our wedding,” says Mégane.  Artek stools (not pictured) help to keep your seating flexible when entertaining friends.
Using the wall space was important to Megan and Noah, who wanted the dining room to be functional, yet fun and eclectic as it is the center of their home and where they spend most of their time. “This area features items we collected during our time together as a couple, such as sets and photos from time spent abroad, artwork, and special gifts from our wedding,” Megan explains. The Artek stools (not pictured) help keep seating flexible if hosting friends.

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But their dream apartment had a few weak points, one of which was storage. “Living in New York, we’re no strangers to limited storage, but when we moved in, we realized we only had one closet, which obviously isn’t ideal,” Megan says. To solve this problem, they added custom shelves from Rakk in the dining room so they can store and display all their dishes, books, photos and designer items. “We like to revamp this shelf every couple of months with new items and photos,” says Megan. “It helps refresh the space and give it personality.” The kitchen also had limited storage options and was quite compact, so the pair made use of wall space again, adding hooks, rods and magnets to hold their pots, utensils and knives.

The bedroom is the most neutral room in the apartment as the couple wanted this space to be more serene, so there are fewer accent colors here.  That said, they felt it was important to bring in plants to tie the space together.

The bedroom is the most neutral room in the apartment as the couple wanted this space to be more serene, so there are fewer accent colors here. That said, they felt it was important to bring in plants to tie the space together.

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The window shelters their cactus garden as it gets plenty of light.

The window shelters their cactus garden as it gets plenty of light.

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The office includes a custom desk and chair that the couple built themselves and were inspired by a trip they took to Judd House.  They also wanted to display their books, so they opted again for a Rakks wall system, but this time they chose to provide more warmth by making the shelves wooden rather than white.  A Karl Martens print hangs alongside.
The office includes a custom desk and chair that the couple built themselves and were inspired by a trip they took to Judd House. Also wishing to exhibit their books, they again opted for a Rakk wall system – but this time they chose to bring in more warmth by making the shelves wooden rather than white. A Karl Martens print hangs alongside.

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It was important to them to make sure the space was comfortable, bright and playful. Since the apartment is small, they needed to maximize every square inch of space. They achieved this by keeping furniture neutral and clean, extending their storage solutions to the walls, and focusing on key accessories and artwork in the space. “We’re both very creative, so we wanted to make sure our home was infused with both of our personalities, without taking each other too seriously,” Megan explains. Noah is an avid book and record collector and Megan loves designer objects, art and furniture. Early on, they decided that rather than hiding all of their items, they would put them on display to honor their respective interests. “We think it gives a lot of character to the apartment and it’s a great reflection of who we are as designers and creatives,” they say.

While furnishings are clean-lined and neutral, they've layered the space with vintage Hudson's Bay wool blankets and patterned pillows to elevate things a bit.  This area is cozy with a mix of neutral tones and natural textures.
While the furniture is clean and neutral, it layered the space with vintage wool Hudson Bay patterned blankets and pillows to elevate things a bit. This area is cozy with a mix of neutral tones and natural textures.

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They wanted their living space to feel like a music listening lounge.  Noah is a huge music fan and has an excellent stereo where he spends hours listening to records.

They wanted their living space to feel like a music listening lounge. Noah is a huge music fan and has an excellent stereo where he spends hours listening to records.

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Obviously, a colorful but balanced home was essential. “To that end, we made sure the furniture itself was clean, everything we needed, but nothing more,” says Megan. They wanted their art, decor and accessories to be the focal point of the space, so they agreed not to paint any of the walls a specific color and instead opted for white walls to keep the interiors bright and airy. “It made our home feel like a blank canvas for us to bring in a mutual accent color – in our case, we love yellow – and keep that theme going in all of our decor items and accessories. interior.”

The couple fell in love with bathroom nostalgia.  They added a salvaged door here with textured glass to maintain privacy and allow ample light to flow through to the rest of the space.  There is also a skylight which brings in a soft glow of light perfect for mornings.

The couple fell in love with bathroom nostalgia. They added a salvaged door here with textured glass to maintain privacy and allow ample light to flow through to the rest of the space. There is also a skylight which brings in a soft glow of light perfect for mornings.

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Originally appeared on Architectural Summary

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