Mike and Courtney are a young couple that met in Business School at Yale. After graduating, they began a new chapter and moved to NYC for work. During their apartment search they found a light-filled Brooklyn place that motivated them to create their first cozy space in the company of their furry friend, Ty.
The moving-in-together process involved getting lots of furniture and decor pieces which can be an overwhelming experience for anyone. Mike said: “We visited some cool stores here in Brooklyn. They had great stuff, but the price was out of our range in most cases. So we opted for furnishing with some used pieces.” This option came very handy for them as it allowed them to start decorating their space right away.
When selecting the pieces, they managed to combine their own personal styles which created an interesting and cool flavor as a result. “Our tastes are converging. I prefer rustic pieces with a Restoration Hardware vibe and Mike is all about mid-century modern. But somehow we managed to balance them (laughs). This is all new for us of course; we’re still discovering our taste.” Courtney explained.
One of the main priorities for them was to get a good sofa, which turned out be a very easy purchase. It was actually one of the first things they got. However, some pieces like media stands or nightstands were harder to find considering they were looking for a minimalist solution.
Mike always wanted to incorporate cinder blocks (much to Courtney’s chagrin), so they decided to combine a minimal console table with three cinder blocks that she actually found near their apartment. This original mix creates an industrial-rustic vibe that perfectly complements the rest of the room.
Their entire place includes heart-warming details that undoubtedly promote a warm vibe, which was Courtney’s intention when decorating. “We’re on our way to creating that welcoming feeling that we’re aiming for. I think the place still feels a bit like a hotel because it has a lot of white spaces, but I guess that it takes some time to complete it”, she expressed.
The couple is making sure not to rush into a purchase, but rather finding the right pieces for their home. They’ve learned from past experiences when they rushed into some purchases and the pieces either ended up not being what they truly wanted in their home or quite literally did not fit in their building’s elevator. “I believe that it’s important to do it right and slowly when decorating. There’s no need to rush if you’re going to be in the same place for a while. The right pieces will come to you. We waited for a while and we found them together!”, said Courtney.
When we asked them about their inspiration to create such a great space, Mike told us: “I actually wanted to feel like the guy that you have in your homepage’s picture (laughs). Seriously, he just looks so cozy laying in that great sectional sofa. That’s what I wanted to recreate at home. I wanted to feel comfortable and have a very nice space at the same time”.
They also mentioned that the time they spent visiting furniture shops in places like Dumbo helped them to define their taste. It allowed them to identify the stuff that they’re interested on, which is why they recommend it to people in a similar position, especially if they’re in their 20’s and aren’t too familiar with home décor.
We loved having the opportunity of meeting Mike and Courtney, and the home that they created together. The couple certainly had fun with their decor process and now are enjoying the results of it. You’re never too young to create a wonderful space and this couple is a testament of that.
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