Just before the last new year, textile designer decided to fulfill the dream of creating her own fabric line, and slowly began building a collection. Starting has fueled her to connect with her local design and manufacturing community in ways she never anticipated. It has also led her on some exceptional adventures — this spring BPT provided the drapery for , a small boutique hotel in Bozeman, Montana, as well as a recent two-week trip to India learning how to block print and sourcing antique textiles. While she’s busy doing all of that, pup Mister Niko (a 10-year-old rescue dachshund, chihuahua, and Jack Russell mix who was found outside a shelter in East LA), is content to chill at home.
In 2003 when Brook first moved to LA, she started studying textile and surface design, and fell in love with the discipline — its process, history, and manufacturing methods alike. Since then, she has been working in residential interiors designing custom textiles and carpets, both independently and for . Her 600-square-foot Los Feliz place is the quintessential LA pad, with its 50s-style kitchen and bathroom, tons of windows to capture the vibrant Southern California light, and added antique light fixtures. From her apartment of six years, Brook has a clear view of the Griffith Park Observatory, and can easily walk to the video store. (“Yes, I still rent videos like its 1989!”)
To make a house a home, Brook believes that the objects in it must be a direct reflection of personal experiences, interests, and important relationships. “In a way, they should be a visual timeline of your life… and if you don’t have a ton of space, then you have to be pretty selective about which points on the timeline to display.” To Brook, developing her home felt like “a dance between objects that were meaningful because they were given to me by people who I care about — objects that hold memories — and objects that I chose.” Incorporating a home studio into the main living areas has been a challenge, as Brook does not enjoy seeing clutter accumulate. In response, she has become ultra-organized, maximizing all available storage and closet zones, like the designated half of the kitchen cabinetry that holds silkscreening and painting supplies, fabric swatches, and dyes. And when she’s working on something big, Brook rearranges her furniture for either entertaining or printing new work. Living and working in a small space has taught her both how to let go and how to cherish. —