Tice/Hadeka BrooklynMy Houzz: Eclectic Simplicity for a Brooklyn Apartm
Tice, a graphic designer, and Hadeka, a Parsons graduate student, source each of the slate pieces by hand from Hadeka’s family quarry in upstate New York and run their business from a nearby warehouse in the neighborhood. They applied this same thoughtfulness to transforming their rental, including painting brown and blue walls with a fresh coat of white and pruning their yard to create a lush urban garden.
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: Sean Tice, Kristy Hadeka and their dog, Garp
Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York
Size: 800 square feet (74 square meters); 1 bedroom, 1 bath
“The greatest challenge was finding furniture that we liked and thought would be a good fit for the space,” says Tice. Fin Moore, a friend of the couple, built these custom shelves using 6’’ pine with a walnut stain. “A lot of what we found was either too bulky or out of the budget, so we decided to design some of the furniture ourselves,” says Tice.Tice’s mother, Alexandra Tice, painted the colorful artwork on a canvas made up of shopping bags.Hadeka added a few antlers to the existing chandelier as a simple and easy way to update it.Wall and ceiling paint: Flat White, Valspar
The dining room table was built using birch plywood with a light stain to protect the surfaces from scratches and wear. The couple added hairpin legs from Etsy. Large windows in the dining room light the space and give views to the backyard. “I enjoy sitting in dining room, look out onto backyard or the kitchen,” says Hadeka. “Cooking and gardening are two of my favorite things to do.” “Earlier this year we expanded our garden offering with a line of geometric planters, which we designed and produced at our shop,” she says. The square planter in the center is a part of the new series.
The shelves display books and small curiosities like the driftwood turned bookend found at Martha’s Vineyard and tintypes taken of Hadeka and her sister in California.
The couple added open shelves for more storage to complement the existing kitchen cabinets.The shelves collect everyday dishes and serving pieces as well as heirlooms; like the orange dutch oven that belonged to Hadeka’s great-grandmother. Two-toned pottery bowl: Farmhouse Pottery
The apartment’s compact bathroom originally featured periwinkle walls with black painted doors. Hadeka swapped out the incandescent bulbs in the existing wall sconce with the largest bulbs she could find.
The floating media cabinet is one of Tice’s favorite custom made pieces in the home. The shelf displays a vintage receiver and record player while doubling as a storage unit hiding extra media accessories.Chair: Dagmar Chair, Urban Outfitters
A photo by Squire Fox, a commissioned portrait from one of Hadeka’s sketching professors and photos of friends are displayed in a gallery wall above a convertible couch.Sofa: Night and Day Convertible Sofa, Urban Outfitters; pillows: Pottery Barn
Since there were no windows in the room connecting the bedroom and dining area, the couple decided to make it the living room. Garb, the couple’s dog, sleeps under the custom made media cabinet.
In the last three apartments the couple lived in, they chose to leave their mattress on the floor for a more cleaner, modern feel. They decided to continue on with the same look in this apartment.“Sean and I have always, in any space we’ve lived in, sort of redone it and made it our own,” says Hadeka. “So we sort of thought of this [apartment] as a project.”The bedroom was originally painted brown with wooden shades covering the windows. The couple opened up the space by uncovering the windows and painting the walls and ceiling white, allowing more natural light to enter.Vintage deer: eBay; vase: West Elm; wall and ceiling paint: Flat White,Valspar
Lamps: Charlotte, Simon Pearce; dresser: Malm, Ikea
“My idea of gardening is birds, butterflies, bugs, sun, silence and my Birkenstocks covered in mud,” says Hadeka.What’s next? At home, the couple plans to expand the garden and finish the slate patio. In the studio, the couple is working on a line of slate items expected this fall. See more photos of this homeMy Houzz is a series in which we visit and photograph creative, personality-filled homes and the people who inhabit them. Share your home with us and see more projects.Browse more homes by style:Small Homes | Colorful Homes | Eclectic Homes | Modern Homes | Contemporary Homes| Midcentury Homes | Ranch Homes | Traditional Homes | Barn Homes | Townhouses | Apartments | Lofts | Vacation Homes...