This weekend’s Get the Look Decor is inspired by the Ditmas Park, Brooklyn apartment of printmaker and bookbinder Kate. Her small city space is beautifully accented with welcoming houseplants, artwork and flea market treasures. Visit Kate on Flickr or stop by her blog, These Days, for more small space decorating ideas.
Describe your home decorating style.
I gravitate toward items that are glossy white or highly worn and dinged up. I started buying glossy white objects as an attempt to make my collections look a little less Collyer brothers. A fresh backdrop makes piles of shells and the mass of books seem a little more curated.
Did you decide to decorate in this style or was there an evolution to your decorating process?
I would say it is always evolving. The apartment is small and at maximum capacity; however, my love for vintage means I bring in new objects frequently. With every new item, I have to rearrange or edit. I’ve also found that new objects create opportunities for previously unconsidered combinations. Before moving here, I never would have wanted a breakfront cabinet, but I thought a contemporary wood piece in the dining area would nicely counter the white faux-Saarinen table that I found.
Where are your favorite places to shop for home items?
I love flea markets, junk shops and yard sales. I really love driving past an unexpected yard sale and having time to stop, although that doesn’t happen so much in NY.
What inspires you when it comes to decorating?
Other people’s places continually inspire me. (Blogs like The Brick House and Wary Meyers provide me with constant fodder.) During the summers of my childhood, my family would rent the cottage of an older artist. Her house was filled with collections: vases filled with blue buttons, paint-by-numbers of flowers, Buddha sculptures, even manikins. These collections spilled into her garden and studio space in the most natural, uncluttered way. Memories of her home are always an inspiration as well.
What is your favorite part about your home?
I love the light that I get from the large windows. This is the first NY apartment where I’ve been able to grow houseplants, and they’ve truly made the place feel like home.
Looking for more styles and interiors? Check out our video series, There’s No Place Like Here, where creative types show us their unique spaces — infused with their aesthetic and filled with the treasures they collect. Get involved and show us your amazing space in this Flickr pool.