Home Tour: Inside a Lofty Brooklyn Base for Two Artists
Bright Texas meets unfussy lakefront Maine in this soon-to-be-married couple's Brooklyn loft space.
When Alyssa Kirsten met Patrick Duffy at a mutual friend's party, it wasn't long before the two artists merged their living spaces into Kristin's Bushwick, Brooklyn airy loft. The space, which used to be a knitting factory, still retains its original hardwood flooring and industrial windows, creating an ideal space (with tons of natural light!) for the photographer (Kirsten) and painter (Duffy).
Using the original factory vibe as inspiration, Kirsten chose locally-sourced industrial materials when building out the space. "The curtain rods are made from steel piping from Steel Electric in Brooklyn, and we used drop cloths as curtains," says the resident.
Traveling is a big part of their relationship and a lot of their decor has been sourced from trips to Duffy's hometowns of Blue Hill, Maine. The couple enjoys island hopping on their kayaks, which is where they sourced the colorful buoys, which now hang above their couch. “The buoys are so bright and happy—they remind us of our first trip to Maine," says Kirsten. We agree that this pop of color adds a personal touch to the home.
We love the eclectic feel of the loft which houses some family antiques (that desk!) and books collected over the years. Kirsten explained they love mixing the old with the new, "A map from our Iceland trip, mussel shells from Maine, pine cones from our first date in Ditmas Park hang around the house, serving as memories." The duo also loves collecting plants, which we think is a great way to bring the outside in, especially in such an urban environment.
Kirsten lived in the loft prior to Duffy's moving in and since she says, "It was a hodgepodge of random room structures that the prior tenants had built," Kirsten took matters into her own hands and transformed the space into a one-bedroom with ample storage space (aka. a walk-in closet!). A simple wooden platform bed keeps it simple while hanging shelves (with plants) utilize the ample vertical space.
Enclosing the bedroom are two doors that were found at a flea market in upstate New York. "My bedroom doors are a labor of love--they're vintage painted doors that inspired the bedroom, which was custom built to fit the door measurements," says Kirsten. We like the lived-in feel and laid-back vibe that the native Houstonian added with her custom elements.
Both artists work from the space--serving as both a painting studio and photo studio.
Although the loft serves as a roomy, airy space for two, take the decor styling home with you and go up (with shelves and art) if you're lacking in square footage.
An open living area "forces" the couple to keep tidy. “I tend to feel that less is more, always looking to declutter and reorganize daily," says Kirsten. A Mid-Century wooden dining table serves as one of the surfaces that's utilized when hosting their annual Friendsgiving dinner (for thirty!).
Coincidentally, when the two moved in together, they quickly realized the had the same butcher block and joined them to make a kitchen island. "We entertain a lot and this extra-wide counter space is a great spot to serve our guests a cocktail or a home-brew," says Kirsten. "Patrick is an amazing home-brewer (and has future plans to open a brewery), so our kitchen doubles as a brewery once a month," she continues.
A metal shelving unit serves a both a bookshelf and a bar area--a necessity for every adult apartment.