Step off the C train and take a walk through Brooklyn Heights, a quiet neighbourhood where historic townhouses line intimate streets and trees trim curbsides with green serenity. Here you’ll find Willow Street, a home that provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of nearby Manhattan. Newly remodelled, the home is a modern, minimalist haven, a light-filled space filled with beautiful shapes that is a destination in itself.
Your hosts hail from Copenhagen, and are the perfect combination of art and science, of creative flow and controlled form. He’s a photographer, she’s a psychologist, and their little one is surely a great talent in the making. When not finding inspiration in Brooklyn, they are traveling around the world.
Step inside this home and you’ll enter a spacious great room, with the kitchen neatly contained to your right and the high-ceilinged living room directly ahead. Four delicate globes of light hang from the ceiling above the sitting area, each like a perfectly full moon. A long, low sofa striped in shades of bark brown and moss green adds some sophisticated colour to the room, but the stripes are ever balanced out – look down and you’ll find round grey ottomans sitting neatly on the light-toned floor.
In the master bedroom, the modern, minimalist feel continues. Above the mantle, a round mirror hangs, reflecting the spherical lighting that ties this room with the rest of the home. The ensuite bathroom is a spa-like retreat – pristine carrara marble tiles span the walls. Take a cool shower – or better yet, a bubble bath - and let your cares slip away. Your toddler in tow will adore the boy’s bedroom, where details like round bongo drums and a black-rimmed circular table can be found amidst a smattering of plush creatures and picture books.
This home isn’t all white and black, however. Your hosts have infused pops of colour in all the right places. Open the cleverly blended-in door to the powder room, for example, and you’ll face a crowd of zebras prancing across pepper-red walls.
Ready for a tangent? You won’t have to travel further than a five-block radius to find outstanding dining options in this neighbourhood. Try Jack the Horse Tavern for local brews and some unparalleled mac and cheese, or Bevacco for Italian that locals swear by. Or take a jog on the path in Brooklyn Bridge Park (just a few blocks west), continuing northwest until you’re heading over the iconic bridge itself.