Inside Brooklyn’s knickknackiest townhouse
June 22, 2017 - accent chair
When Harald and Lynn Husum began selling for a townhouse, they were looking for a place to dye.
It’s not as dark as it sounds: The husband-and-wife duo, who co-own children’s wardrobe code Appaman, started out creation their witty things by hand.
“When we initial launched a company, we were formulating all a garments ourselves in a little 600-square-foot Wyckoff Street one-bedroom,” says Harald.
The tag he founded in 2003 with his wife, Lynn, is now dear for a fashion-forward cultured for a knee-high set. “We knew that for a subsequent move, we indispensable something with a lot some-more space where a family could evolve.”
In 2005, by a time a Husums got critical about shopping a home, an Appaman bureau had non-stop in Chelsea. But they wanted some-more space anyway — and to stay in their Cobble Hill neighborhood.
Enter a 2,300-square-foot townhouse on Third Street that came with some let income. “It was a bit above a cost range,” says Harald, a former art director, who adds a integrate finished adult spending around $1 million.
“But during a time, there was a reside vital on a third building who wanted to stay, so we crunched a numbers and motionless we could make it work.”
The now-fortysomething integrate had already seen risks vessel out successfully: In 2003, they purebred a name Appaman (named after a pressed gorilla Harald loving as a child) and came adult with a easy business model: to sell children’s garments that total irritable prints with peculiarity fabric. Then they requisitioned a three-month outing to South America and done a dilemma preference to not speak about a nascent try until they came behind to town.
Similarly, a integrate done a jump to a townhouse notwithstanding reservations. “We arrange of felt like we were on a fringes of a neighborhood,” says Lynn, “but it unequivocally only blew adult all around us in a past decade.”
In 2012, when a upstairs reside motionless to pierce out, a integrate (who have dual daughters, Kaya, 13, and Elie, 10) saw a primary eventuality to reconstruct and make a many of their top-floor space. Having seen examples of a work of Tribeca-based architectural engineer Sarah Jefferys, a Husums were drawn to her intelligent lighting solutions, artistic staircases and purify aesthetic. Harald, who is from Norway, is a fan of Nordic design, and Lynn was on a same page. “We wanted a home a daughters and their friends could feel gentle in,” says Lynn.
Nothing too precious, copiousness of storage solutions, and a belligerent building that unequivocally felt like home.”
While a kitchen was already open-plan, a Husums total that with a vital room and combined floor-to-ceiling shifting potion doors to a bluestone outside patio, creation it feel like a healthy prolongation of a initial floor.
“We’re out there all a time in summer. My mom helped landscape and she’s got an implausible immature thumb,” says Lynn. “And it’s extraordinary to watch a space grow. There’s this one beautiful birch tree we got when we purchased a residence that we could fit in a car. Now it’s taller than a house.” She adds that a prominence of a outside space was hosting a Rosh Hashanah cooking for 27 guests.
Their heterogeneous effects live behind inside. There’s art hereditary from Lynn’s grandmother, an oversize epitome portrayal Lynn bought from a studious when she was a helper practitioner; a framed square from a Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre that Harald fell in adore with on a outing to China. But it’s a low-slung robin’s egg-blue chair in a dilemma that is one of Harald’s esteem possessions.
“I found it on a street, and it was perfect,” beams Harald as Lynn rolls her eyes. “I’m a rabble picker and this area is good for it.”
One favorite downstairs accent is a blue equine sculpture. “We got this during Design on A Dime, a annual Housing Works event, and we unequivocally adore it,” says Lynn.
While a belligerent building is essentially blond and walnut, including floor-to-ceiling cabinets that censor a bland ephemera of family life, a Husums couldn’t conflict adding an accent wall. In a indentation heading to a slot doorway that separates a powder room from a rest of a space is a swath of pixelated primary colors pleasantness of internal wallpaper purveyor Flavor Paper.
Light floods in by a third-floor skylight, highlighting a genuine showstopper: a floating staircase heading adult to a second floor. Slim, straight iron bars apart a stairs from a rest of a rooms; a staircase, contend a Husums, sole them on Jeffery’s aesthetic.
“We adore a story of these Brooklyn townhouses, nonetheless a thing is, given they’re all built wall-to-wall subsequent to any other, there’s not a lot of eventuality for light. What we wanted to do was supplement as most light as possible,” says Lynn. The open staircase helps amplify a skylight’s effect.
The unprotected section subsequent to a staircase on a second building bears a Coca-Cola poster. Another value Harald plucked from a sidewalk, it is now a matter piece.
Also on a second building is a couple’s bedroom and a family room. The Husums consciously placed a radio upstairs, subsequent to a stone-fronted fireplace, as they wanted a downstairs to sojourn screen-free.
Interspersed with books in a family room are treasures from a Husums’ several adventures. After all, a span met as backpackers in a hostel in Guatemala in 1998. “I came to Brooklyn with one box,” says Harald, who points to a ski foot nestled on a bookshelf. “That ski foot took adult half a space!”
A bushy sheepskin blanket, pleasantness of a Norwegian relations of Harald’s, is a cushy mark for their 7-year-old cockapoo, Partyhat, to twist adult during family film nights.
A Jordanian marriage facade sits on a dilemma of one shelf, a tiny span of sculptures from Easter Island lay on another and embellished tequila bottles from a Mexico City travel artist accoutre a third.
“For us, it’s as most about a story as a item, we adore remembering how we bought something,” says Lynn, who adds that Harald and she are consultant hagglers.
The cow facade unresolved opposite a room is one example. “We wanted this sculpture in Kathmandu, nonetheless we were vital on $20 a day, and we only couldn’t clear it,” Lynn says. “But we couldn’t stop meditative about it, so we asked a lady who was staying in a same hostel as us if she could try while she was browsing on her possess a subsequent day. And she got him approach reduce in cost than we had!”
Below a facade is a Balinese rice jar, that hails from a outing abroad with their daughters. “Now that a girls are older, we’re doing a lot some-more brave trips, that we all love,” says Lynn. “And given they can lift their possess luggage, it means we have some-more hands to lift home souvenirs.”
In between a outlandish treasures on those family room shelves is a red blueberry picker, a tack from Harald’s Norwegian boyhood. “We used these all a time on my grandparents’ farm,” says Harald. “When we found this during my grandmother’s house, we had to have it!”
The third building houses an office, examination space and both daughters’ bedrooms. Harald used his art-director credentials to primarily pattern a palette for a girls’ rooms, nonetheless teenage Kaya was authorised her supplement her possess hold to a redesign.
A tiny guest room has been reimagined as a gym, with tropical-printed wallpaper adorning a walls. “I can be on a elliptical and fake I’m during a beach. Or during least, try to fake I’m during a beach,” says Harald.
And a bureau is some-more mostly used to crop a Internet than locate adult on work. “Because we work and live together, we try unequivocally tough to apart church and state,” Lynn says. “We try as best we can to keep business speak to work hours.”
And while a Husums adore their home, they haven’t nonetheless hung adult their backpacks. “When a daughters are in college, we positively consider a few long-term trips are in a cards,” says Lynn.