House Tours: Eclectic Brooklyn Apartment

Colorful back patio
These savvy homeowners bring their apartment to life with books, art supplies, and other DIY inspiration that fuels creativity and makes for a sweet and personal space to work and play.

Sophisticated Frames

The homeowners used their stockpile of collected furniture and unique decor to reflect their love of art and literature -- almost every piece in their apartment has a story. Much of the couple's art hails from their travels or creative friends. In the living room the couple kept the trim a bright white, which adds depth to the blue walls and frames the portrait watching over the room.

Vintage Charm, New Life

The chairs in this sunny living room tell a fitting story of the homeowners' style: The chairs came from a flea market, but the cushions were recovered with patterned fabric scored on eBay. Creative touches like this add instant character to any space.

This and That

A shared fondness for small decorative items has led the homeowners to gather a quirky collection of plates and knickknacks that, along with several screen prints, runs along the ledge in their dining room and breakfast nook. A replica of Lunch Poems by Frank O'Hara, a favorite collection of the homeowners', serves as wall art. It's actually a painted wood block, made by artist Leanne Shapton.

Cozy Casual

Personal touches extend into the dining room. Bright yellow paint replaced wallpaper and lightened the room. Paper flags along the wall are a festive touch.

Kick Back with a Good Book

The built-in bookcase is part of the original home, and the daybed in the window nook is the perfect spot to curl up with a good book.

Sweet Dreams

Thrifty finds and a little elbow grease create a cozy retreat where you can dream up the next great project. The homeowners found the quilt at a sample sale and made the headboard with help from a tutorial on

Old is New Again

A bedroom sitting area includes an upholstered chair, found for a whopping $20, which was re-covered. The wood statue and teardrop-shape lamp were thrift and antiques store finds.

Brighten Your Day

A fresh coat of paint can change a dark basement into a welcoming work space, where a repurposed file cabinet acts as storage and a work surface. The back wall is part of the home's original foundation, left exposed because of the interesting texture.

Fun and Festive

A great escape from the city, this cozy backyard is perfect for dinner parties. The homeowners painted a collection of chairs  bright colors to spread the festive atmosphere. They added a hammock for lazy reading sessions or an afternoon nap.

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