In the Glow: A Bright Bushwick Apartment, Courtesy of eBay, Craigslist, and Clever DIY Ideas
The best homes are those that evolve slowly over time, the kind of spaces where you can point to any object and the owner will have an interesting story about where it came from or how it was made. Take Clement and Sara Pascal’s Bushwick apartment. The couple (he’s a photographer; she’s a psychologist) bought the 1,000-square-foot Brooklyn apartment ten years ago – and it took them about that long to get it to where it is now.
Much of the vintage mid-century furniture was found by patiently hunting down eBay and Craigslist (including almost all of Nelson’s iconic bubble lamps), and what they couldn’t find, Clement created for himself (as the BDDW Captain’s Mirror hanging in their living room). As for the many built-in storage, they are also the work of Clément: “Once I started, I could not help but find places where I could add storage”, he shares.
Their most recent update: replacing the sliding closet doors in the bedroom with wooden doors. Clément counts it as one of his DIY highlights: “It was a long time coming,” he notes (ten years, to be exact). Ironically, a month later the couple sold the apartment, finally in its finished condition.
They will soon be moving to a new space in Fort Greene and applying the same race-winning slowness design philosophy. We asked them to keep in touch and let us know when the photo is ready. Clément’s response? “It could take another 10 years.”
Below, he walks us through their Bushwick apartment, the couple’s first labor of love.
Photograph by Clément Pascal.