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In This Jewelry Designer’s Townhouse, Anything Goes

by Garrett Fleming

I get the feeling that many people think rebels always live in homes with off-the-wall decor and zany patterns. The reality is that’s not always the case. Over the years, we’ve shared many peeks inside the homes of people with this type of spirit, and their spaces are always equally stunning and far from what you’d expect. Rebels: they live and decorate their own way, and they don’t care if you approve.

Jewelry designer  home in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn is a textbook case of living stylishly on your own terms. Not one for norms, she’s decorated her three-bedroom townhouse with whatever the heck she wants. Eclectic patterns, styles that some say don’t match — each layer on top of one another to create the cozy nest she shares with her two sons. Only in here will you find a caftan laced with 14 karat gold thread displayed next to an Eames-inspired chair. Unique combinations like these are a sure sign of someone thinking outside of the box.

The vibe of Elma’s space hints at her rebellious side as well. When most families settle down and set up a more permanent home, they feel pressure to check off all of the boxes: functional guest room, formal dining area, nice sitting area, etc. Not in the Blint household. The dining table hosts more school projects than fancy meals, and the living area features large toss pillows for Elma’s friends to hang out on when the sofa’s full. All in all, her “no rules” attitude towards decorating has resulted in an eclectic space with fun finds around every corner. I’m not surprised in the least that the jewelry designer has decorated this way, though. She’s a self-starter, and self-starters always do things their own way. Click through to take a look at the rest of the 100-year-old townhouse. Enjoy! —

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Elma's beautiful bedroom may be painted blue, but it's far from gloomy. Layered textiles from and indigo fabric from an African vendor create the cozy escape she cherishes. Whenever she needs a minute to think or unwind, she'll put on her always-handy headphones, slip into her comfy bed and zen out. Her Heriz rug is by .
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Jewelry Designer Elma Blint has shared her Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn townhome with her two sons for three-and-a-half years. Behind her hangs a portrait by French Artist Lucie Bawah.
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Handblown vases by accompany her bedroom's statement piece: a caftan embroidered with 14 karat gold. Elma picked it up on a trip to Marrakesh.
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Elma says her youngest son Kyle is "one of the NY Mets' biggest little fans." Often times, Mom finds him here in his room solving some complex math problem (he's a whizz) or writing for his blog.
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Kyle's collection of baseball memorabilia, and a peek inside Mom's room.
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When his brother Tyler is away at school, Kyle uses his room for homework and to make iMovies. The wall hanging and pillows are from Urban Outfitters, and they accompany quilts from .
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With Tyler gone, his room may be the least-used space in the house, but that doesn't mean Elma loves it any less. On the contrary, it gets so much sunshine, she finds herself captivated by it. The rugs are from NY's Heirloom.
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The Blints never let the status quo dictate how they behave. Mi patterns, sleeping on the sofa and doing homework in bed: all are fair game in this fun household.
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The living area is the first thing guests see when they open the Blint family's front door. With that in mind, Elma has made sure its design is unforgettable. Her "no rules" style of decorating has her mi textiles from Martine's Dream and superfussy with floor pillows from . The latter are perfect for when her boys want to plop down in front of the television to play video games.
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Elma's gold pouf from sits next to a throw from Bergdorf Goodman. Quick tip: wrap your sofa's seat cushions in blankets or throws when the kids are playing or when guests come over. It'll put a whole new spin on your sofa while also protecting it. You can even safety pin each side of the blanket together on the underside of the cushion to keep it in place.
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Elma and her family have gotten some serious mileage out of their custom-made dining table and its Design Within Reach chairs. They're all-too familiar with homework and craft projects. Needless to say, the dining room is the most-used space in the house.
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Elma says this vignette in the dining room best reflects her style because of its unique artwork and eclectic decor. The mercury glass vases are vintage, and the candleholder is by .
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A self-portrait by Elma's youngest son Kyle hangs behind the dining table and above a mid-century dresser. "Yes. That's the mohawk he still wears," Elma says with a smile.
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A peek at Elma's at-home studio where all of her creations come to life.
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An aerial view of the first floor.
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Looking down upon the second floor.

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