Cool Brooklyn loft turned fun family home

Paul & Paula: Brooklyn family loft

We are back with Interior Tuesday and I have this super awesome family loft situated in Brooklyn to share with you.

Owners Dylan Dodd and Elisa Restrepo’s and their two children are living here. And the apartment really grew with the family. What started with a kitchen renovation was turned into fitting in space for their first child. A couple of years later, another space had to be found for arrival number two.

The apartment is an airy 2,000 square feet and occupies the second floor of a converted 1800s schoolhouse in South Williamsburg. And you can find the ‘traditional’ whitewashed brick and some very cool statement lighting. Adding an eclectic blend of textures, materials, and artwork, voila, the perfect family loft that combines modern design and parenthood.
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Chanklas – Atelier Ancestro

Chanklas - Atelier Ancestro

Sandals in November? Well… yes! Ha….

Because, apparently launching resort collections and swimwear at this time of the year is the new thing (in kids wear) and working really well. So when I found this draft that I wanted to publish for ages… I thought… well, all these lucky people looking for swim suits in November may need some cute sandals too.

So, these gorgeous soles are from Chanklas – husband & wife, Kenny & Karen’s mutual passion for history, wandering & design led them to their own story.

Originally from Mexico, Karen grew up with a deep appreciation for tradition and was heavily influenced by her European ties as well. And as fate would have it, her great-grandfather, was a shoe maker.

‘Two generations later, we honor the art of our ancestors with a collection that tells its story through fine leathers, centuries old techniques & steps taken.’
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Our first night in the new house included a surprise

customised tshirts children

This weekend we spent our first night in our new house. And I had a surprise for the children. A package with some very cute customised t-shirts arrived just before we left Sweden and I managed to keep it hidden until yesterday morning.

When the children were in school I took some time and went through their folders where we keep some of their artworks. (with 4 children it is impossible to keep all, so once in while we go through the big pile and keep the ones that we feel most connected with and that involved lots of work and ideas)

I selected one drawing per child and scanned them. Next step, I uploaded the scanned images to make four custom t shirts. One for each with their very own artwork.

The t-shirts arrived quickly and I put them away because I wanted to surprise the kids with them. And I decided that the morning after our first night in the new home would be a good moment.
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14 joyful things for your November!

14 joyful things for your November!

Sending you into the new months with some really cool stuff. Reads, finds and interiors. November is (nearly) here and I know… it is not everyone’s favourite month of the year.

So let’s just believe that the golden autumn weather will stay and in case of grey skies and rainy days… you can just enjoy this list.
By the way – are you all set for Halloween today?

I am so curious on what will happen here in London. Because in Sweden Halloween was not (yet) a big deal. Some parties, mostly at school, and maybe a bit of decoration at home. But not much trick or treating…
The kids are super excited, of course!
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Why kids and parents love these children’s interior accessories!


I wanted to just share this post without saying much about our current situation. But then I remembered a little story from Friday.

The six of us at the airport, heading out of Scandinavia and into our new country. We are in a shop and about to pay, when the lady at the counter asked the kids ‘Are going home tonight?’

Awkward moment. The lady looked at us and then I explained that this is a tricky question at this moment. And a reply would take a little while.
But it also summed up the current state of mind over here. In between places, in between good byes and hellos and in between all kind of feelings and emotions.

Once we are settled a little (our stuff is supposed to arrive today) I will try and write another article about this whole moving thing.

But for now, we are talking kids interiors. More precisely the new children’s collection from Ferm Living Kids. It is truly too adorable.

As always, Ferm Living Kids nails it when it comes to the perfect mix of kids friendly yet stylish, appealing to parents and somehow super cute but not kitsch. Scandinavian style with lots of charm and a timeless style.


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