This 575-Sq.-Foot Household Condo Is a Sample-Crammed Dream (With a Swing!)

Holly Waterfield House Tour

Holly Waterfield House Tour

(Pictures by Kate Jordan.)

“In our residence, I would like youngsters to really feel like they are often themselves,” says Holly Waterfield, a Brooklyn-based inside designer, stylist for The Brooklyn Residence Firm, and the mom of 16-year-old Emmy and nine-year-old Bodhi. “I’m a busy single mother, so I would like it to be straightforward. Our house is a mixture of cozy textiles and kids’s artwork.” Right here, Holly offers us a tour…


Holly Waterfield House Tour

Cloud portray: Paule Marrot Les Nuages. English backyard portray: Mary Maguire. Whale portray: Mary Maguire. Pink throw pillow: Injiri. White pillow and bench skirt: made by Holly.

On making a spot of 1’s personal: I discovered this residence in 2017, once I was going by a divorce and searching for a brand new place to dwell. It was one large open studio with a lofted mattress. However my pal, who owns the constructing, gave me free rein to make modifications. So, I added two new partitions and pocket doorways to create three bedrooms. My purpose was to make this area cozy and enjoyable for the children. All of us went by a tough transition, however on the finish of the day, everyone is admittedly completely happy. And that’s all that issues.

Holly Waterfield House Tour

Couch: ABC Residence. Throw pillows: customized, with Jane Shelton material. Wicker chair: classic, related. Sheepskin: Roman and Williams Guild. Espresso desk: MOS. Mushroom facet desk: Beck + Cap. Flooring lamp: Ikea, related. Blinds: Matchstick. Cabinets: CB2.

On that swing: Again in 2012, the children and I went to Ann Hamilton’s artwork exhibit on the Armory — it was a room filled with 42 swings. We stayed there for hours. It was a tremendous feeling to be on a swing as an grownup. Afterward I used to be like, ‘We’re going to have a swing sometime.’ So, once we moved into this residence, I made this one, and everybody’s at all times utilizing it. My son likes to make use of it as a trapeze. It brings numerous pleasure.

Holly Waterfield House Tour

Facet desk: Etsy, related. Lamp: Crate & Barrel. Chair cushions: customized, with Jane Shelton material.

On discovering your fashion: When you’re fighting adorning your house, take a look at your wardrobe. What do you’re feeling good sporting? Are there principally neutrals, or tremendous loud patterns, or plenty of white? Begin there. Generally I’ll look in my closet and be like, ‘This feels identical to my home!’


Holly Waterfield House Tour

Stools: Serena & Lily. Lamp: World Market with “a shade from my grandparent’s house.”

On the thrill of communal dwelling: I really like the impromptu nature of Brooklyn, the place you’ll be able to say to a pal, ‘Oh, you’re cooking dinner, and I’m cooking dinner, let’s have a potluck!’ We love having folks over and conserving our door open for large and small occasions, like watching the World Cup. We simply sit on the ground and eat across the espresso desk.

Holly Waterfield House Tour

Kitchen runner: The Citizenry. Stool: Clic Gallery, related. Picket frames: Artist + Craftsman Provide.

On youngsters’ self-portraits: The youngsters began making these in kindergarten, and it’s wonderful as a result of the drawings present how their options modified by the years. When Emmy was in center faculty, I noticed, ‘Oh, hastily she has actually lengthy eyelashes,’ and ‘Oh, now she has excessive cheekbones.’ And when Bodhi was a child he had enamel hypoplasia, which made his first two child tooth got here in all yellow and brown. So, in his kindergarten self-portrait, he drew these yellow, bumpy tooth! He was not shy about them in any respect.

Holly Waterfield House Tour

Rattan pendant lamps: Serena & Lily. Work: classic. Candleholders: The Society, related. Picket bowls: “made by my grandfather.” Lamp: Schoolhouse.

On making a down-to-earth house: I really like bringing in pure supplies, like a rush rug, rattan chairs and woven blinds. Earthy supplies make an area really feel unfussy as a result of they’re hearty and lengthy lasting. You don’t have to fret about issues getting cracked, and you may really feel grounded.


Holly Waterfield House Tour

Garland: Etsy, related. Lobster: London, related. Rug: Doing Items.

On a repurposing hack: When Bodhi was youthful, I made him a toddler-sized mattress body. As soon as he outgrew it, we hung onto it and realized it slides completely beneath his twin mattress. Now we use it as a drawer for his garments — I simply added little picket handles.

Holly Waterfield House Tour

Plaid pillow: Injiri. Blanket: Injiri. Bookshelves: Ikea, related.

On having a maximalist little one: Bodhi is a collector. He nonetheless has Valentine’s Day playing cards from kindergarten that he nonetheless refuses to surrender! He’s a complete more-is-more maximalist.

Holly Waterfield House Tour

Pink ship kite: Haptic Lab. White sconce: Ikea, related. Flooring pillows: do-it-yourself by Bodhi and Emmy. Yellow lamp: World Market. Picket home cabinets: “A vacation show set from a retailer that was going out of enterprise.”

On a brother-sister bond: Bodhi is seven years youthful than Emmy and actually appears as much as her. He even sleeps in her T-shirts! So, each time she eliminates one thing, he collects her castoffs. When she was able to let go of her pink ship kite, he was like, ‘I would like this in my room!’ He’s a complete dude-dude, so I really like that he has a vivid pink ship in his room.


Holly Waterfield House Tour

Flooring pillows: Injiri and Intiearth. Desk chair: thrifted. Sheepskin: Ikea. Blinds: Matchstick Blinds.

On weekend rituals: Emmy does a factor referred to as her ‘Sunday reset’ the place she offers herself a facial, folds all her garments within the closet, and tidies up for the week. She’s like me, the place she must have issues organized so she will be able to suppose straight.

Holly Waterfield House Tour

Desk: “Selfmade from an Ikea butcher block and submitting cupboard.”

On timeless decor: As youngsters become older, they uncover favourite issues, like colours and characters. However I wouldn’t beautify their room round these themes as a result of they will change. Emmy was actually into purple for a very long time and now she will be able to’t stand it.

Holly Waterfield House Tour

On mother-daughter hangs: With younger youngsters, you normally do no matter they love to do. Fortunately, Emmy and I like doing the identical issues, like using bikes and thrifting. She’s a giant reader, so typically I’ll climb up onto her mattress with a cup of tea at night time and cuddle together with her. She’s nice firm.


Holly Waterfield House Tour

Cover: Chelsea Textiles, related. Throw pillow: Maison De Vacances. Wicker sconces: World Market. Stool: Ikea. Crusing work: classic. Desk lamp: Schoolhouse. Blinds: Matchstick Blinds.

On the cat: Throughout the pandemic, we fostered our kitty, Pillow [behind the yellow cushion!] and ended up adopting her. She’s mainly a youngster — sleeping all day and up all night time, operating laps round the home.

Holly Waterfield House Tour

Chair: classic. Sheepskin: Overland. Seashore photograph: “a present from a pal.”

On making a sanctuary: I wish to hold my bed room very serene — with solely a pair items of artwork. I feel folks’s bedrooms are their sanctuaries. Maintaining it minimal helps me wind down at night time. Generally I get the urge so as to add extra, however even including one other rug or ornamental pillow appears like an excessive amount of.

Holly Waterfield House Tour

Sq. wicker baskets: Muji. Scalloped wicker baskets: Ikea, related.

On why a house is rarely completed: Once I work on initiatives, folks at all times ask, ‘Are we completed?’ and I feel Oh, really, like, I’m by no means actually completed. My private home is a continuing evolution. And I don’t suppose an area ought to really feel utterly completed as a result of life isn’t completed. Hopefully, you’re gonna journey and discover cool items of driftwood or shells that encourage you, and there’s numerous pleasure within the search.

Holly Waterfield House Tour

Thanks a lot, Holly. We love your house!

P.S. Extra home excursions, together with a Connecticut house that defines coziness and a colourful farmhouse constructed for Black pleasure.

(Pictures by Kate Jordan for Cup of Jo.)

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