Custom invitation and stationery designer Kimberly Canale of and her husband John, a menswear designer, live in a 635-square foot duplex in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Kimberly’s studio space is located on the second floor and in a small alcove of their bedroom. They purchased the apartment a year and a half ago after an exhaustive search, opting for a gut-renovation to make it their own. The result is a home that is comfortable, cozy and a place where they can display their most treasured possessions and collections, which are a reflection of their personal interests. Thanks so much, Kimberly, and thanks to for the photographs (#9 & #10 are by Kim)! —
Image above: Our couch and chair are both covered in a charcoal fabric from , from the Lenox collection, which has since been discontinued. The metal bar cart, from , holds John’s collection of latest liquor finds. It’s accessorized with vintage heirlooms like an old Super 8 camera from my grandfather and a crystal ice bucket that was my grandmother’s. The striped is from Ikea, and the other is covered in Paul Smith fabric by Maharam.
Image above: The facade of the fireplace was originally covered in a decoupage of broken plates (a little too shabby chic for our tastes). We replaced the area with porcelain Wenge tile from in Brooklyn. The brass screen Kim found hiding in a booth at (a total steal at $35!), and even though it took a few months to convince John how cool it was, he didn’t agree to bring it out from the basement until a visit to had the exact same screen on display! The mantel is a piece of reclaimed wood, which had a former life as a railroad tie. We rotate trinkets and decorative objects on the mantle; shown here is a metal bike made from a soda can found on John’s trip to South Africa at a Johannesburg flea market. The steel scissors are from the same North Carolina flea where the bull’s head was bought.
Image above: The is by Roost and uses Edison bulbs, giving off a soft, old-fashioned look when turned on. The print above the sofa is a 1739 map of Paris, known as the Plan de Paris by Etienne Turgot. We bought it as a set of 25 panels; when fit together, it measure 96″ x 60″. The panels aren’t standard size, so we had to get custom frames, each made and to save a significant amount of money. In the background, you can spot one of two trays we picked up on a trip to Paris in a great store around the corner from the Pompidou Center by . Both are Gothic-Renaissance style portraits of birds in 18th-century clothes. Our living room walls are a mix of Sea Haze and Dessert Twilight (Benjamin Moore).
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Image above: Our spiral staircase is the only original item left from our apartment pre-renovation. It has a perfect patina — the raw metal shows through the painted steel in the most well-worn areas. Along the walls leading upstairs, we have framed photos from our engagement and wedding portraits from all four sets of grandparents. It’s a great talking point as people slowly descend the stairs checking out each of the photos and asking us about them.
Image above: Our bedroom gets amazing natural light! We’ve tried to keep the bedding simplified with white linens and a . The bed is now a few years old, originally purchased for our last apartment, but it perfectly fit in the space between our two wardrobes, so it came with us to this place, too. The wall color in our room is a dark gray called Kendall Charcoal from Benjamin Moore, which we fell in love with. It adds some great contrast to the white linens and wardrobes. On either side of the bed, we have floor-to-ceiling white (Ikea, again). One set holds my clothes and the other holds John’s. Displayed on top are books, seasonal clothes and other collectibles.
Image above: Located in the far corner of our bedroom is my home office and soon-to-be baby nook. The space is right next to a large window that looks onto the garden below and a huge brick wall covered in ivy. My and are from CB2. John installed a large piece of peg board along the back wall that I use to store tools and supplies. I love having everything just an arm’s reach away! The metal stand next to the desk is a local flea market find. Most of the office accessories are from Ikea. The shelves hold a mixture of my favorite props for styling along with books, bins filled with ribbon, fabric scraps and other items that inspire me. On the top shelf sits my wedding bouquet and the cake topper from my parents’ wedding that we had on display at our wedding, both encased in glass domes.
Image above: At the top of our spiral staircase, we have an old console table that belonged to John’s Nana. It provides us an extra space for displaying collectables. The candy box is from a small shop in Provence; the cigar mold and crystal lighter were leftover props from an event I worked on, which we kept on hand since John is an avid cigar enthusiast. The large metal and wood “c” was a gift from me to John. It’s from Anthropologie, but I added some wood letterpress blocks so it can double as a place to hold John’s mail.
Image above: Here is an assortment of items that inspired me, including a vintage postcard of NYC, a little plastic puppy that we found in a grocery store vending machine (which from time to time we hide from one another). The glass bird was John’s Nana’s, another one of her passed-down “treasures,” and the ball of rubber bands is pretty much just something practical but it’s a nod to my love of office accessories.
Image above: The kitchen area of our apartment underwent the largest amount of change during the renovation. We removed a wall and extended it from a one-wall layout to an L-shape. It’s a tight space, but after spending countless hours measuring and designing layouts on Ikea’s Kitchen Planner, we were able to open it up to achieve the look we sought. The left wall centerpiece is the Ikea range hood, a must for a tiny apartment. We also were lucky enough to find a slender counter-depth fridge by , which not only works to complement the other stainless steel appliances, but also doesn’t dwarf the other parts of the kitchen. Our countertops are made from in a color similar to Carrera marble. Accessories include a vintage Seth Thomas clock, a metal bottle crate and vintage tobacco tins from the local Park Slope flea market.
Image above: We picked up this antique metal bullhead in a North Carolina flea market while in town for a family wedding. It’s mounted next to our front door and holds house keys.
Image above: The entire bathroom has a stark black-and-white color palette, so texture and graphics play a really big part in keeping the space interesting. We recently found this by Thomas Paul. John is obsessed with all things nautical and this fits the bill. The shower is tiled floor to ceiling with white subway tile, gray grout and exposed chrome shower fixtures. The floors are white penny tile, and the perimeter of the room is covered in a matte black wainscoting. Accessories include leftover props from one of my projects and boxes from artist Wendy Addison purchased at .
Image above: These are just a sampling of pieces from John’s antique tool collection found on eBay. The print on the right wall was given to us by our brother-in-law, Nick. Done on a plotter, it gives an architectural perspective of popular cocktail recipes.
Image above: This vintage metal bin is filled with some 45 records from my grandfather’s collection and a mason jar that holds a ball of twine from Etsy.
Image above: The interior of our front door is painted with black chalkboard paint. We use it to list important upcoming events and reminders to one another.