Our Brooklyn Apartment

Joanna Goddard's Brooklyn Apartment

Last August, we moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn, and we quickly fell in love with our new neighborhood of Carroll Gardens. There’s a bakery and a cheese shop and a local pizzeria, and little old Italian ladies will sit on their stoops and chat with us—or call out grandmotherly advice like, “Your baby should be wearing socks!” I love how it feels like a quirky small town. So, I’m excited to share a few photos of our place, if you’d like to see…

floor plan

We live in a brownstone building, which is split into four different apartments. Here’s our floor plan, if you’re interested! (I always like to see how spaces connect.)


Joanna Goddard's Brooklyn Apartment

In our apartment, the kitchen, dining room and living room all comprise one big open space. We spend 99% of our time together here—cooking meals, eating dinner, reading books, watching TV, playing games. Whenever we watch House Hunters, I notice that people always request an “open concept” home, and now I totally get that.

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When we moved in, we debated shaking things up and painting the main room pale gray or dark blue, but a reader’s comment on this post convinced us to stick with white: She said that there’s a reason why white walls are so common in Scandinavian countries, and it’s because white cheers up the gloomy dark days of winter. Good point!

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My desk is in the living room, so sometimes I’ll work here in the evenings, or, equally often, the desk will be taken over by Toby’s Peppa Pig dollhouse and lots of tiny, carefully placed furniture. :)

Campaign-style desk: eBay. Hollywood photograph: Whisper Editions. Mobile: The Ark.

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Also, we have a balcony off the living room, which is great in the warmer months. We’ve always dreamed of having a backyard, and a balcony is an awesome first step! Another bonus is that our balcony overlooks our friend Linsey’s kitchen windows, so the kids will shout to each other and have excited (mostly nonsensical) conversations across the gardens.

TV console: Room & Board. New York poster: My Guide To. Flower photograph: Kari Herer.

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Years ago, we got this trusty vintage console, and our genius friend Jenny Komenda spray painted it yellow. It’s such a great example of how paint can transform things. It’s still one of my favorite pieces. It’s now home to Alex’s collection of photo books (he has read every rock-and-roll photo book known to man).

Branch floor lamp: Canvas. Car print: Hugo Guinness.

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A typical moment with the boys, ha! On weekends, we often hang out and play guitars in the living room. Alex made a playlist of Beach Boys, Belle & Sebastian and Stevie Wonder, and the boys strum their toy guitars along with it. It’s adorable and NOISY.

Deer bed print: Katherine Wolkoff. Wall lamps: One Forty Three. Sofa: Design Within Reach. Rug: ABC Home.

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When we first saw the apartment, I actually didn’t like that the kitchen was right in the living room. It felt crammed together. But now it’s one of my favorite things about our house. It’s great to be able to pack school lunches, cook pasta, pour wine, etc. without having to leave the main hang-out space. It’s funny how you can’t always predict what you’re going to like (or not) until you try it out.

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Also, while these photos show the house tidy, needless to say, it’s often a wreck. My mom recently told me how she thought of her house as “breathing in and breathing out,” as we kids made messes throughout the day and then it got cleaned up at night. I feel the same way: I cherish that moment after the kids are in bed, when we can tidy up, light a candle and just chill. Peace at last.

Bookcase: The Container Store. High chair: Stokke.


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We wanted to create a cozy bedroom, and when I saw Victoria’s gray bedroom, I was inspired. So we went with Benjamin Moore Gravel Gray and crossed our fingers. You never know with paint (will it be cozy or cave-like?), but we loved the way it turned out.

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One major difference about Brooklyn vs. Manhattan is how generally quiet this neighborhood is. In the West Village, we slept with ear plugs and two noise machines, but now we can hear a pin drop in this apartment, even though our bedroom faces the street. It’s such a joy!

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This dresser displays things that are dear to us—photos of our sons, and the loveliest statue, who is said to be a protector of mothers and children. (It was a sweet gift from Kate Suddes, the writer of this beautiful essay.)

Buffalo print: Animal Print Shop. Tufted headboard: Jenny Komenda (tutorial here). Long Josef Frank pillow: We bought the fabric and Jenny had it sewn. Bedside tables: Vintage. Rug: Vintage. Black dresser: Vintage. Gold lamp: Gallivanting Girls. Black-out blinds: Decorview.


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We wrote about our nursery inspiration last month, and I’m so happy that Anton’s room now feels like a warm and welcoming space for him. We hung a vintage map above the crib (inspired by Linsey) and then put animal prints in the corner to create a little reading nook.

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Anton sleeps happily in his crib, but Toby is forever asking if Anton can sleep in his bed with him. So we’re considering letting the boys try sleeping in Toby’s double bed together (Anton on the wall side, of course!) and see how it goes. Would be so sweet if it worked out!

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On the other side of his room are IKEA shelves, plus a little art area. Anton can spend ages drawing and coloring, although Toby will invariably interrupt by pretending to be a waiter and taking his dinner order. :)

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Crib: Oeuf. Map: Vintage, from eBay. Bronze floor lamp: Land of Nod. Gold animal prints: Sycamore Street Press. Glider: Crate & Barrel. White side table: West Elm. Shelves: IKEA. Shibori pillow: Rebecca Atwood. Art desk and chairs: Pkolino. Sconce: Schoolhouse Electric. Dresser: West Elm. Black-out blinds: Decorview. Rug: Vintage. (And Amber Interiors also has nice rugs, if you’re in the market.)


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For Toby’s room, we also wanted to experiment with color, so we went with Benjamin Moore Symphony Blue (again, with fingers crossed) and Toby loves it. It’s a great rich blue without being too dark or too bright.

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He’s really into books these days, and we’ve been reading slightly longer books, like Little Bear’s Friend and Frog & Toad and Best Friends for Frances. He’s also really into Search & Find. We walk over to the neighborhood public library down the block to get books out every week or so.

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We’re so happy to have found this apartment—after two years of searching!—and already feel very at home here. We can even imagine the boys being teenagers here. (A crazy thought.)

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Thank you so much for reading! I hope you like it. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments! xoxo

Deer print: Animal Print Shop. Bookcase: Oeuf. Pendant light: Design Within Reach. Flokati rug: Serena & Lily. Whale print: Etsy. Edison bulb lamp: Schoolhouse Electric. Toy red piano: Land of Nod. Play kitchen: Land of Nod. Black-out blinds: Decorview.

P.S. More house tours, including 15 tips for small spaces and a rainbow bookcase.

(Photos by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo. Styling by Kate Jordan. And, of course, thank you to Jenny Komenda, Emily Henderson and Will Saks, who have helped us make design decisions through the years)

  1. Leah Manix says...

    Hi Cup of Jo!

    The picture/painting of the young boy that is near your desk, where is that from??? It looks just like my son. I’d love one!

  2. Nice apartment over all. The world is seam very good and for social life we have to know about all these things.

  3. Wow, You made a dream apartment and i want one like this too. So much creative work done :) Applauded!

  4. Wow! I really love that woodwork! Also, the color combination is amazing :)

  5. Ronel says...

    Way late, but hey, if something is worth commenting on, why not? Love it

  6. JoLynn says...

    Hello Joanna,
    Just found your blog and deeply enjoyed you sharing your homes with us and how your family lives. I live in a Kansas City suburb, in a house with a yard, so living in an apartment in a large city is a foreign concept to me. I loved seeing your homes and appreciated your well-defined style. Your apartments ‘feel’ like home and sometimes that is very difficult to create that feeling. Sometimes a house feels like a house – if that makes sense. Yours feel like a home. Sometimes it’s the little thing that stand out. I love many things in your homes, but I fell in love with the little hippo on your son’s bookcase. Thank you for sharing~ I loved every minute spent on your blog. Blessing to you and your beautiful family!

  7. Ella Swartz says...

    Beautiful home! I know I’m a bit late to the party on this post, but I absolutely love the glider in Anton’s room! Did you put a custom cover on it? I can’t seem to find a matching color at Crate and Barrel and love the velvety texture of yours. Thank you so much!

  8. Your apartment is absolutely beautiful! I am salivating over your decor and the layout. That neighborhood of Brooklyn is so lovely and I am glad you are enjoying it. Almost moved there myself last year but decided not to relocate to NY. ;) Also your sons are adorable. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Tia says...

    HI! I am dying over the beautiful photo of meadow grass over your couch. Is there a way you can share the source or the artist who took this photo? Thank you so much!! Tia

  10. Shannon says...

    Is there a sink in kitchen? I don’t see it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh yes! it’s to the right of the toaster oven. the sink itself is hard to see in the shot but you can see the silver faucet.

  11. Beautiful apartment! Love your design and style.

  12. nicole says...

    where did you get all your frames for the collection in the living room? i love it and it’d be a great way to display all of the prints & posters my boyfriend insists on hanging everywhere without looking so messy

  13. Mona says...

    Love your desk! Where did you buy it??

  14. cas says...

    who is the author of the framed grass photograph?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      katherine wolkoff — she’s wonderful!

  15. laurie says...

    A bit late but hoping you see this! What finish was the symphony blue paint? Struggling with which one works for our toddler’s room as well. Thanks so much!

  16. laurie says...

    A bit late but hoping you see this! What finish was the symphony blue paint? Struggling with which one works.

  17. Nicole Brant says...

    I know this post is super old but what color white did you end up choosing for the walls? I love it!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thanks for your note! Chantilly Lace

  18. Christie says...

    Would love to know where you bought the area rug in your living room?

  19. These are all so sweet. I want them all for my little ones shoe box sized room! Thanks for sharing. (:

  20. Do you mind sharing the name and brand of the white paint you ended up choosing? It’s perfect!

  21. OMG. what a beautiful apartment. I have painted the interior of my bungalow “Cotton White” (Dulux) and even if I say so ,it looks and feels wonderful. My dilemma iswhether to cover the floor with carpeting or wood – but having seen your flooring I am converted. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful apartment.

  22. Bev says...

    I so enjoyed your writing and home photos, thank you.

  23. Oh my goodness I LOVE this! What clever styling and use of your space, brilliant x

  24. Sarah O says...

    Hi! Can you please tell me where you got the frame that is on your deer bed print?? I’m really looking for clean and simple frames for large prints (I have in mind one that is 3x4ft!) Thanks for your reply in advance!

  25. Cris says...

    I love it! Is there a chance to know where the living room ceiling light from?

  26. kenny says...

    what color white did you use in your main living space? thanks!

  27. Lissa says...

    Love love love it all!

  28. love love love every little detail. thanks for sharing!

  29. Hello!
    Beautiful everything:)
    I’m wondering where you got your living room rug.
    Mind sharing??
    Thanks so much!

  30. Zeenat says...

    Dear Joanna,

    This thread is old, but your most recent one about learning a new skill drew my attention to your couch from DWR. I am in the market for a new couch, and also have a young toddler. I’m wondering if you still love your couch and would you recommend it? It’s a big purchase for us, and so I’d love your first hand opinion or advice. Many thanks for your generosity in sharing with us through your blog.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you for your kind words! yes, we would highly recommend! it’s so comfortable and the wood is really pretty. because of the light color, we put blankets on it with the boys xoxo

  31. I’m infatuated with your sheets – any chance you could share the brand? I’ve been seeking the web with no luckines. Really great work by Joanna Goddard big thanks for this great share.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      they were from anthropologie! thank you xoxo

  32. Talla says...

    Hello! I love your blog so much!
    I’m a mom with a 3 yr old boy and a baby girl…and I enjoy your blog so much. This is the first time i’m writing a comment…but I’ve been searching everywhere and would love to know….Where did you find your dining room chairs?! (white seat w/wooden legs) They are perfect!
    Thank you!!!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so sweet! they were from design within reach xo

  33. Ida Krause says...

    Hi. What a beautiful home! I was wondering if you have more specific information on the light grey rug in front of the sofa – I have looked at ABC home, but cannot seem to find it…Thanks a lot in advance!
    Ida :-)

  34. Regan says...

    I like your white kitchen chairs! I’ve been looking for ones like them. Where did you get yours?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you! they were from design within reach xo

  35. Keah says...

    Love love LOVE this blog! So many wonderful POVs, subjects, thoughts and of course lovely photography! Thank you so much for being willing to share! Reading this blog has given me so much more confidence in decorating our home, becoming a a mother and most importantly being a better woman :)

    PS: Any idea how I can get a hold of one of the deer bed prints!? Would love to gift that to my sweet husband! Thanks again!

  36. I just wanted to say thank you for sharing photos of your lovely home. It gave me some decorating ideas for my new home.

  37. Kim says...

    I’d love to know where to find the NY framed drawing of the city buildings in the living room grouping. My daughter has lived there for several years and thinking of moving. Thought if I could find one, make a sweet keepsake of her time there. Thanks! Very cool apartment, love your taste!

  38. I love how your TV is simply on a nice console, and not on a giant bookshelf or hung on the wall like a picture. The simplicity of it seems beyond the excitement of when we first had flat screen TV’s and realized they could be put on the wall. Actually, huge one’s still should be. But your post has inspired me to get rid of our large bookshelf console that is very “minimalist” and warm things up with a brown, wooden console like your’s. Of course the one I love is $1200 at West Elm, so it isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Anyway, thank you for posting photos of your beautiful apartment. I very much appreciate how you share. It is fascinating to read your blog, the best part of my internet browse at lunch.

  39. I love your apartment! I followed it on Emily’s post, and here are my favorite things: the deer next photo, the buffalo photo, and your bed. Oh, yeah, and everything else. You are awesome and have an amazing style.

  40. Danielle says...

    Hi, Joanna. Love your blog. Could you tell me where you bought the matching bookends on the top shelf of your Elfa bookshelf? I’ve love the simplicity and have been looking for them everywhere. Thanks.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thanks for your note! they were from etsy, actually — there’s a great store there called gallavanting girls, i’d highly recommend it!

  41. nice post

  42. OMG, it’s so beautiful! It really inspires me and make me so happy! Thank you so much!

  43. Meghann says...

    hi Joanna. your home is so beautiful! I was wondering – my husband and I are looking at an apartment (in CG actually!) with a very similar layout to yours and we are concerned about having one of the kids’ bedrooms right off the living room. do you find it’s hard to entertain or even just converse and watch tv after the kids go to bed? or is it really not an issue? this is the biggest problem we have with an otherwise pretty great apartment so I’d really appreciate your insight! thank you so much.

  44. JYoung says...

    Love the watercolour-y print just to the right of your tv. Mind sharing where you got it?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you! it was from dwellstudio xoxo

  45. Philip says...

    Hi, can you please tell me where you found those knobs on your dresser in your bedroom? I’m having trouble finding sizeable ones that look nice. Awesome dresser. Amazing home!

  46. Hi Jo

    I look forward to reading your blog each day (thank you), as it covers so many different areas of your life in New York. Love the laid back approach and openness, plus hearing about your boys. I have a little boy (not so little now, as he’s 9). Continue to enjoy all their lovely ways, as they grow up so quickly! Just toured around your apartment, felt so much better knowing it’s not always that tidy!! Have a lovely rest of the week. :)x

  47. Hi Joanna,

    I’m in love with your sheets – any chance you could share the brand? I’ve been searching the web with no luck.

    Thank you!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you! they were from anthropologie xoxo

  48. Vivian says...

    Can you please tell me where that light caramel leather tufted chair came from in your living room?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      it was from dwellstudio :)

  49. I loved the colours ! All the spaces merge with each other and yet each room is different ! I loved the living room and the fact that the kitchen is nearby. And all those paintings and posters ! Awesome apartment JO :)

  50. Lucy says...

    So nice!
    Is it so tidy all the time or just before photo session? ;-) Just impressed….

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      just before photo session FOR SURE :)

  51. Love the spaciousness you’ve created with the white walls and the big white mats on all the art. My husband is an artist, and with all the paintings and books our apartment sometimes feels small. We moved from Manhattan to Bogotá (not Brooklyn) but the space we have to work with is actually really similar.

  52. ok, I have been on the hunt for weeks for a coffee table just like that! Where is yours from? It is beautiful! and perfect for kiddos.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      it’s from DWR. thanks so much!

  53. I like the wooden details and your bedroom a lot! I wish I had so much space too.
    Thanks for sharing!

  54. You have a lovely home. I especially like how you incorporated little play areas in the boys rooms. I’m inspired to do that for my kids, I had read somewhere about keeping kids rooms boring or less toys so they nap, but that didn’t make a difference for my 3 year old when he was ready to give up his afternoon nap,it didn’t matter if there were toys.

  55. Your home is gorgeous! What a special place! We are about to move my son into his big boy room and I’ve been searching for the perfect non dark navy-ish, I think symphony is just perfect us thank you!! Can I ask where his striped bed / headboard is from? Thank you!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      my friend jenny komenda actually made it herself. she is a DIY genius. i wish i had a source for you!

  56. Thanks for sharing! I was looking for some arrangement of my room and got pretty Amazing Ideas and now i m going to arrange some thing like here!

  57. Joanna, how did you hang all those pictures around the TV- did you drill that many holes in the wall or is there some trick that I don’t know about? :)

    • I would actually like to know this too. I’m moving into a new apartment and want a lot of paintings in the living room too. But I doubt I can drill so many holes. Any trick ?

  58. What a nice place!
    American flats are great, different from what I use to see in France :)
    And YOUR apartment is just beautiful!

  59. thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous, cozy home! you have great taste and an eye for color. :) we have an open kitchen/living/dining room too and it’s great that i can see my 20mo old from pretty much anywhere(though i hate my “pink” kitchen that our place came with and try to ignore that). and i hear ya, with the toy clean up at the end of the day…the calm after the storm!

  60. Love what you have done! Can I ask where the picture to the left of the New York print is from? Thank you!

  61. you can NEVER EVER MOVE!!!!!

  62. Interesting to see the renting vs. buying comments. In NYC it almost never makes sense to buy–you pay a huge premium (vs. renting) for essentially a psychological benefit. Tenants rights here are so strong and there’s not a huge difference in quality of inventory (as there is in most places) that many NYCers are lifetime renters.
    Joanna, if you want to do a post on this, I’d be happy to chat further (I’m a finance person, and I live in Carroll Gardens).

  63. Thanks for sharing your little apartment with us. I love getting a sneak peak of others designs/styles. I am so glad you kept the living space white but love the colors you picked too. With paint I never really do the swatch thing. I pick a color I like and then hold my breath till the room is done. Normally it works out.

  64. jj says...

    hi, joanna, 1st time commenter here! i’d love to redecorate/refurnish our duplex that we rent here in LA but my husband hates the idea of putting holes in the wall. how do you justify that? maybe with the fact that you picture your boys living there as teens ;). also, do you use any sort of online home design program before changing things around? i always need a visual before doing something, know what i mean? thanks. i love your blog, it’s so fun to unwind with at the end of the day.

  65. Goodness this is such a gorgeous space! I always thought I would have to own a house in order to really feel at home, but you may have changed my mind :) Love the fresh white with a pop of colour.


  66. Hey Joanna! Your new place is beyond beautiful! Question about your bed: I am totally going to do the tufted headboard DIY. Is your frame just a cheap-metal frame? Do you have a box spring? So many questions but really, I just love it!

  67. Oh so incredibly gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing!

  68. thanks for all these sweet comments! xoxo

  69. heather, we have been lucky enough to work with interior designers in the past: emily henderson and jenny komenda, who are both geniuses! and will saks helped with the shelves in anton’s room this time; he is a friend, but if you want to hire him, he works for homepolish (they seem great!).

    and i’d LOVE to write a post about the decision of having more children. i’ve written a little bit about it but would love to write more. definitely have had more thoughts since then! :)


  70. thanks for your comments! claudia, our living room is facing south, so we get light during the day, but i would recommend Chantilly Lace (the one we picked) because it’s a clean fresh white without being too blue or yellow. we really like it.

  71. Hello there! This might have been asked before, but I would really love to know where you got Toby his Fox soft toy from (:
    – Anna

  72. So beautiful and comfortable! I’m wondering – did you have an interior designer consult on it? Also wondering… and it’s prying a little.. but I was wondering with your two beautiful boys if you want a third and would secretly hope for a little girl! I’d be interested in a post on when and how to decide how many kids you want. Perhaps you’ve done that already!

  73. I love the look of your apartment. When i’m in the city I dream about living in a brownstone and sitting on the stoop chatting with neighbors.
    My nephew recently moved to Carroll Gardens too…actually, it was on the 1st of this month :)
    Seeing your apartment makes me feel like i’m seeing his, and it makes me happy it’s in such a nice area!!

    Your blog is very inspirational….

    Peggy in NJ

  74. Your home is beautiful, and I love your mom’s idea of a house breathing in and out! The photo over your couch is really gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

  75. Beautiful home. So light and airy and inviting. I think the blue in Toby’s room works great, and I love the sofa in Anton’s. You’re so generous with all you choose to share with us, so thank YOU!

  76. I love the decor and how you have taken ownership of the apartment! :) and your boys are so sweet! it makes me so envious – i too wish for a blissful relationship with a great man and loving kids and having the time to archive and pick out such pieces to decorate!

  77. I was waiting for this post! I knew it would be lovely. Beautiful home.

  78. I could not be more in LOVE with this! It’s just gorgeous! And spacious yet cozy. It’s ecclectic in the most beautiful way. I’m so deeply inspired by so many of your choices all over your place. No hyperbole here, either. I’m madly in love. Well done!!!

  79. Hi! Greetings from Helsinki, Finland!
    I found your blog by chance and one thought came to mind: it is amazing how styles are becoming truly glabal these days. Your home could easily fit into the Swedish Elle Decoration I bought yesterday. I love your brooklyn style!
    Have a wonderful spring!
    Yours, Anna

  80. Thank you for letting me visit your apartement all the way from Copenhagen, where we, as you wrote yorself, live very much with white and bright decour :) I love to see how you put colours toghether both on the walls and in your furnitures. It looks really cosy. Last june I visited my friend who lives in Brooklyn now and I totally loves that part of New York too. Before that I had only visited Manhattan. Love following you and seeing how a family like my own lives in such a city like New York – that’s my favourite thing about your blog :)

  81. You have created such a beautiful space Joanna! I love how it is personal and cosy, but still feels light and uncluttered. Nice work!

  82. I love the rich paint colors you chose! I unfortunately get too excited and choose ones that are just too bright for a room.

    Your home is beautifully set up without seeming too precious. It looks like a fun place for the family to hang. I also feel like you and I could be friends. We have similar styles, and the 2 kiddos I nanny would love to play with your little ones ;)

  83. Love it love it love it! A dream apartment.

  84. So beautiful! And so inspiring!
    Thank you for sharing!

  85. “Breathing in and breathing out” is basically the entire foundation of Waldorf curriculum; it’s so cool that your mother intuited that in the spirit of her space. Your apartment is magnificent! A two year wait paid of well, I’d say. If you’d ever like to swap houses for a week (or longer!) let me know, we live in a spacious mid-century three bedroom in Mission Hills, an incredible enclave walking distance to downtown San Diego. Just throwing it out there…. :)

  86. Lovely Anton always looks so serious! What a sweet & solemn little face.

  87. I second BridgetHagan! Different city but same issue. I actually use NYC as a way to make myself feel better, as in “well, most people in NYC never own their homes and they’re still adults who care about their finances.” Nowhere near as common in my area shockingly enough, would love some insight.

    Also I want Anton’s rug!!!

  88. thanks so much for the shout out, joanna! your place looks just stunning!! xo

  89. LOVE your apartment. It is so beautiful and light. Thanks for sharing these pictures!

  90. What a wonderful space! I love it. And so happy to see the animal prints in Anton’s room! xo

  91. Omg, I love this. As others have mentioned, it looks perfect, but home-y. I didn’t think you could top your last apt, but you somehow did. I hope you get to stay there until the boys are teenagers!

    Also, I can’t applaud you mentioning how it’s sometime a mess enough. This post has inspired me to finally buy Marie Kondo’s book. I’ve gotta get serious about decluttering (but i love mah stuff)!

  92. Your apartment is beautiful! When my youngest daughter was still at home, she painted her bedroom a dark blue like Toby’s room with white woodwork. The room is small and the dark blue with white trim gives it a nautical flair. I love the old map in Anton’s room. It looks like one of the old school maps the teacher pulled down like a window shade. I saw from the floor plan that you have 2 bathrooms, which you definitely need with small children. I don’t know I managed before we had 2 bathrooms! I love Toby’s kitchen set! My girls had a Fisher-Price one when they were little, and it was a favorite for years!

  93. What direction is your living room facing? I’ve been trying to find the “right white paint” for a north-facing room. Not that easy! Your place is gorgeous! Congrats!

  94. I had never thought of white walls like that, but it’s such a smart idea for your main living space. Also, your beautiful art makes those white walls anything but plain jane!

  95. How beautiful and serene! And I can totally see two boys growing up in this home. (And that’s a great litmus test for a lasting space–envisioning your toddlers as teenagers in it.)

  96. Joanna– would love a longer post on long term renting in the city. I live in Carroll Gardens also, and affording property in the city will be out of reach for me for a long time (maybe forever). I’m curious to learn about how other urbanites handle/plan for this on the long term.

  97. I am in love. This will be such an inspiration when I move out into my own place! (Though I think I would find it hard to keep it this tidy…not because I’ll have kids but my significant other does not like to keep things tidy!)

    Everything in your apartment is just perfect. The light coming in from the balcony seems absolutely gorgeous! I love Toby’s room walls. Such a gorgeous blue!

    Congratulations on finding such an awesome place!

  98. This is the most beautiful apartment that ever was!

  99. I couldn’t take the kids bed jumping close to a window.

    Beautiful apartment.
    The Wolkoff Deer Bed print is one of my very favorite photographs since you first posted about her work or linked to. Your sense of style is wonderful.
    The blue wall paint is outstanding color, and the gray is a surprise the feel is so warm.

  100. Looove your apartment! The beginning of your post about those italian ladies who call out advices made me think about my neighbours. I live in a small town where the houses are really close. One evening, my neighbour, the one who babysit my two daughters sometimes, called and told us that the light was on in the basement. I know, creepy. We had forgotten to turn it off. And she just wanted to make sure that everything was ok. It still makes me laugh when I think about it.


  102. A job well done on creating such a lovely, inspiring home! Also @caroline – I actually thought the water painting was of Toby, ha! It resembles him so much. Picture of Dorian Gray? But with a better ending, of course! :-)

  103. I just love your apartment! And the open concept is great,too.I love rooms, which are multifunctional.

  104. Looks incredible! I’m currently drooling over NYC real estate myself so I may steal some of your pictures to pin up on my concept board.


  105. Hello Joanna, what can I say? I really love your home. We have a very VERY old apartment that needs a total makeover.
    Anyway, you are luchy about your decorator friends. I believe that decorating is an art. I am completely unskilled for that.

    PS. My little 1,5 years old girl likes your Anton! She smiles a lot when she sees him!

  106. Your Kim McCarty watercolor in the living room is dreamy!

  107. I’m so happy for you and your family :) I love watching your boys grow up – they”re so sweet.

  108. As soon as I clicked this open, I was swooning over the Kim McCarty. I’ve been a fan of her work for years! It’s amazing how much the painting looks like Toby…like you knew him before you knew him.

  109. Joanna, when I grow up, I want an apartment just like yours.. Oh wait, Im older than you! Waah! Seriously, so beautiful :)

  110. what a great apartment!

    would you mind sharing where you got the very cute raccoon from?

  111. LOVED this especially the floor plan. Would it be weird to be interested in which bed room is whose? I would assume the larger is yours but with two boys of my own I know the joys and convenience (and loudness) that comes from them being “neighbors”. ;)

  112. I would like if you had a “like” button as I prefer to be a silent observer but would love to show my “like!”

    I really like your home. It looks like a wonderful home.

  113. I love you and this post so much – consider every photo basically pinned to a vision board to be replicated in my home :)
    Thanks for sharing Jo

  114. I love that this apartment is a true reflection of you and your family, a hodge podge of sorts of your first two apartments, this time with out a professional decorator! So lovely.

  115. Oh Joanna, I absolutely love this post! I’m finally moving out after 25 years (it’s not common to move out as an Asian, especially in the most expensive Asian country), and I cannot wait to draw inspiration from your apartment! It’s so cozy yet stylish at the same time!

    I LOVE the campaign style-desk (stealing this idea for sure), and now I NEED to know where you got that little table lamp!

  116. Beautiful home Joanna! Thanks for sharing! I’m not sure what your balcony flooring is like – but we have a balcony also and a couple of years ago we bought a high quality fake grass mat (5 feet by 8 feet) from Home Depot for like $130 and it is the best thing ever. It is plush and feels and looks like real grass. Our 3 year old loves it and my husband and I enjoy sitting on the grass in the summer with our glasses of wine – it feels like a backyard! Anyway just an idea.

  117. Wow! So beautiful !!

  118. Hi Joanna,

    Thank you for your sharing your home with us. You have created a lovely space for your loved ones.

    I couldn’t help notice that on a bookshelve there was this sweet stuff pig…? Would you mind sharing where I might be able to locate one?

    Many Thanks
    Lynne Moser

  119. I was wondering which white you used? There are so many to choose from!
    Thank you!

  120. Joanna – so, so happy to see you and Alex had a “win” this year (e.g. finally finding a great apartment – when you wrote that a chunk of the wall fell off in the kitchen, my heart cringed for you! nyc is rough!), especially after has what seemed like a challenging year or so for your family!

    Would also agree/love to see a post about renting vs. buying, and just have to say, when you say Toby wants Anton to sleep in his bed with him, I think “yay have another baby! You’ll have enough bedrooms if the boys share!”.

    Wonderful post, and so happy for you guys! xo

  121. Everything looks just perfect! Yay white walls ! I have loved the deer beds ever since I saw Abbey Nova’s – if you’ve ever seen one in person – when I was a student in Montana a friend tried to teach me fly fishing and we traipsed through the brush and I stumbled on a deer bed- carefully crushed thickets where you can almost see an outline . Did I say I love the white walls?

  122. This is beautiful…cozy and airy at the same time!!!

  123. So sweet of you to take the time to answer our questions. To the paint store I go! Thanks! :)

  124. Your home is lovely and seems so cozy. Thanks for sharing! I had a question — our master headboard is very tall (6ft) and tufted. I find that many nightstands appear dwarfed in comparison. Any ideas to make the heights more even? Obviously we can’t get a super tall nightstand that we can’t reach from the bed! I was thinking a tall floor lamp behind the nightstands on either side?

  125. How do you like that cowhide rug under your kitchen table? I was thinking of getting one but my toddler is such a messy eater. Any tips?

  126. @nsarkiM, we keep their toys in bins, and also we do a lot of toy cleanses! we’ll donate toys or give toys to younger friends when the boys seem to grow out of them, and we’ll toss/recycle puzzles that lose pieces, etc. we’ve lived in SUCH small apartments in the past that we’ve gotten used to constantly editing what we bring in and keep at home. it feels so good to cleanse sometimes actually! :)

    @likefriedchicken, hmmm, about reading, i don’t know! the boys just like it, which is so lucky for us! we don’t let them watch TV during the week, and they can have one show or half a movie on weekends. so maybe that’s helpful? i don’t know!

    @ebird, thanks for your comment! it took FOREVER to find this and was really a diamond in the rough. we were so, so grateful to find it and immediately put in our application. funnily enough, alex didn’t even SEE the apartment. i went to the showing by myself and just took a video on my phone to show him. we had to pounce on it!

  127. I LOOOOVE your master bedroom, dream bedroom right there! Your whole apartment is beautiful, it looks homely and lived in yet so amazingly styled.

  128. oooh, thank you, zoe!!

    @jaclyn and others, yes it’s tricky to figure it out for renting vs. buying. but the apartments are so, so expensive here, and people bid so high over the asking price, that we were constantly outbid for apartments we liked. so at the end of the day, we didn’t have a choice but to rent. i’d love to write a longer post on this, though!

  129. I want a toy kitchen!

    How do you get your kids to love reading? I babysit and almost every kid I meet under the age of 10 would rather watch tv. I can maybe read to them for 30 mins max at the bookstore, but at home it’s rare to make it through one book (unless it’s bedtime then mysteriously they loveeeeee reading ) without someone saying it’s soooo boring

    I watched plenty of tv as kid, but if my parents wanted to read to me I happily listened. Was I just a dopey kid that followed whatever other people did ( and believed broccoli was fun to eat cuz my mom said they looked like tiny trees)

  130. It’s so lovely!!! We live in a small space (900 sq foot house) and have a long narrow room in the front and this definitely gives me ideas. Would kill for your furniture budget. Been eyeing that sofa AND the shell chair forever. Enjoy your new home!

  131. G says...

    Wow… I think you have my dream home! It is absolutely beautiful, what an inspiring place!

  132. Your home seems so cozy! I like the way you wrote about small moments with family. They help create a nice atmosphere.

  133. Jo,
    It looks absolutely beautiful!!!!
    We also have an open floor plan and it is just perfect to keep an eye on the kids.

  134. I kid you not, this is my dream home. It’s my idea of perfection! One day… *sigh*

  135. Love your apartment! Love the mix of decor and how it all comes together!

  136. I love your mom’s thought about a house breathing in and out. That’s definitely what it’s like in our house with two littles! I love the peaceful, tidy moments, usually during naptime. I tell my husband, “it was clean ONCE today!” Because play has always started again by the time he gets home. Of course, that’s lovely too :) Your apartment is GORGEOUS, and has me super excited since we are possibly moving to New York this year. Probably a much smaller space, but decorating is still my obsession :)

  137. Really lovely space Jo, well done you! My son also has that ikea stuffed dog, known simply as ‘Doggy’ in our house- he lies like that on Isaac’s bed too! xx

  138. I love that you feel like it’s a place that your family could grow in! I think that’s maybe a little rare in the city? I also love all of the color!! So fun and happy :) xoxo

  139. Hi! I too would like to know where you keep all of your boys toys? I have 2 – 3 and 8 months, and even though I have bins and boxes, our home is still overrun by toys! I love how you have some out, and it looks like it’s almost part of the decor.