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Get the Look Decor: Moment of Zen

Dec 19, 2010

by Christine Domanic handmade and vintage goods


This weekend’s Get the Look Decor is inspired by the New York City apartment of Etsy’s own Heather Burkman, a.k.a. hebo. She lives in a lovely East Village studio with her boyfriend Zack and their clown fish, Lucy. Nestled in a neighborhood filled with restaurants of every variety, farmer’s markets and self-serve “froyo” joints, Heather has created a peaceful retreat with rustic, old world style and Asian influences.



modern lamp brown ceramic

By ModishVintage, $85.

vinyl decals Winter Forest with Birds

By WowWall, $89.

Very large woven trunk

By BlackCatHill, $125.

Custom Created Camellia Chandeliers

By Khalima, $75.

Whimsical Cactus Lost In Zen II

By wendiland, $27.

Yellow Filifolia Terrarium

By seaandasters, $25.

Small Oil Lamp

By cgrocks, $18.

Woven Merino Blanket in Rich Browns

By RiverFarmRI, $350.

Twiggy Shelf Made to Order

By katemariescreations, $25.

Cup O’ Air Plant

By TortoiseLovesDonkey, $8.50.


One of Heather’s favorite decorative pieces was created from her late grandmother’s collection of bells. She suspended the bells from a natural branch to create a unique art piece.

Instant Collection of Tiny brass bells

By MilkasTreasures, $16.

White mini branch 4

By robertapolfus, $42.

Antique Chinese Painted Cabinet

By 86ForTheHome, $1650.


By TheCeremonialHome, $139.

Wolf Industrial Dress Form

By FrenchByDesign, $480.

Great Wall of China Wall Hanging

By SaveThePlanet, $80.

Natural tree branch keepsake box

By woodnique, $16.

Bright…….. a StrongBell ………..

By StrongBells, $33.


Heather says her decorating style was influenced by her father, a professor of Japanese history. His travels and art collection inspired her to start her own collection of distinctive pieces. 

Heather browses Etsy for interesting custom pieces and enjoys hunting through disorganized flea markets and thrift stores for items with character. A favorite pastime is acquiring beat up furniture from Craigslist, which she lovingly strips and refinishes in order to fit her home’s aesthetic.

Vintage Industrial Moldmaker’s Table

By brandmojointeriors, $350.



Sapele Wood Framed Mirror

By natureinspiredcrafts, $165.

Japanese Bamboo Duck Scroll

By BlendedSplendid, $12.

Modernist art pottery bowl

By valeriesvintagehome, $75.

Metal Electric Hanging Lantern

By GallivantingGirls, $85.

Large CEILING TILE Tin Plant Holder

By oldtinstuff, $20.

Felted Pebble Gift Set in Gray tones

By delica, $36.


Heather and Zack are lucky to have one of the most coveted features of any NYC apartment: outdoor space. Their terrace serves as a peaceful escape from big city life, providing room to garden, barbecue and entertain.

Dragonfly Guardian Lantern

By OneClayBead, $135.

Hypertufa Dish Garden

By VerdeGarden, $19.

Cross ceiling tile tin -blue and brown

By lashee15, $89.95.

Small Wooden Crate

By deathmachine, $18.

Fukien Tea Bonsai

By jadecompany, $18.

Celadon lace ellipse vase

By jjceramics, $28.

Tabletop Fountain

By candacemccollough, $135.

Blue Ball Mason Jar With Wire Carrier

By southrosewindow, $21.

Distressed Gardener’s Wooden Crate

By zakkamate, $19.

Wheaton Style Bottle Collection of 12

By dustylorraine, $59.

SIX Mini Waldorf Star Lanterns

By greenbaboondesigns, $20.

Genuine Antique Ceiling Tin Wall Art

By kruegerenterprises, $76.99.


Heather saves space in her diminutive studio with a well-disguised Murphy bed. She and Zack covered the underside of the bed with a map of 1730’s Paris and added an elegant iron door knocker as a handle.

Parisienne on cotton duck

By reneesfabrics, $17.50.

Vintage Large, Brass Door Knocker

By TwinkleStarCrafts, $24.99.

Reclaimed Firewood Bench

By TheChicagoBenchCo, $85.

Custom portrait illustration – couple

By madebyjenschell, $60.

Big Beautiful Blue Jar

By DirtKicker, $30.

Pint sized Berry Basket with Liner

By stoneycreekmerc, $15.99.

Wooden Spalted Sweet Gum Bowl

By WoodExpressions, $45.

the laurel bookcase

By matthewholdren, $850.


Learn more about Heather on her blog, Estelle’s Anthology, and visit estelleshop to check out her creative scarves and accessories.


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.

Check out other Get the Look: Home Decor Editions.

Housewares Category | Vintage Housewares

graphic paper lamp - small
graphic paper lamp - small
Chief Vintage Tweed Steamer Trunk by Oshkosh
Chief Vintage Tweed Steamer Trunk by Oshkosh
Rustic Stool - medium
Rustic Stool - medium
Reserved for Kristine - Early 1900s Dressmaker's Dress Form
Reserved for Kristine - Early 1900s Dressmaker's Dress Form
Zen Scribble Modern Porcelain Platter Set in Cream and Gray
Zen Scribble Modern Porcelain Platter Set in Cream and Gray
RESERVED LISTING - Eight Large Antique Ceiling Tiles
RESERVED LISTING - Eight Large Antique Ceiling Tiles
vintage - 1984 brass bell
vintage - 1984 brass bell
1911 Map Northern France - Vintage Antique Map Great for Framing 100 Years Old
1911 Map Northern France - Vintage Antique Map Great for Framing 100 Years Old
$18.00 USD


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