For our freshest Dwellings issue, we take you to yet another new neighborhood with yet another stylin’ apartment. Nikolai resides in the West Village where the buildings are a bit lower, and a sense of history permeates the narrow meandering streets… The perfect place for a Fall FG Dwellings trip in our opinion.
The building, located in the historical West Village, has plenty of history itself, as it was constructed circa 1845.Â Walk up the four flights to find the apartment, a compact space with original crown molding and about a hundred antique locks on the front door.
Nikolai relocated from California and bounced around Â the many neighborhoods of Manhattan. Knowing that he had always wanted to end up in the West Village, Nikolai was pleased to move into his current apartment 3 years ago. He found Furnish Green on Yelp around the same time, giving him the opportunity to make the place his own. The apartment consists of a bedroom, kitchen, living room/office space and a bathroom.Â When working with a smaller space, it’s important to optimize your dimensions, and Nikolai has definitely achieved that, effectively utilizing the walls and vertical space.
Having an affinity for older styles and vintage furniture, Furnish Green was the perfect stop for him. The kitchen contains a couple of FG cabinets and a rustic kitchen table with iron base that works perfectly in the small space. His favorite purchase though (and ours) is a beautiful ornate shabby white desk with a unique double pedestal/trestle base that features a carved wood harp detail in the center. A real looker.
Some other vintage accents in the apartment are a couple of sturdy rustic folding chairs in the kitchen that once belonged to an armory and a great trunk from the 1930s that functions as his coffee table. (Cool tidbit: He actually picked up this trunk from the set of “Kill Your Darlings” when he worked as an assistant to the director, and the trunk mayÂ have been bled on by Michael C. Hall after a minor accident on set involving a broken wine glass).
Nikolai describes his design style as “shabby chic” with a mostly black, white and brown color palette. He explains that, being from Woodside, California, he has a strong inclination to incorporate some “woodsy” vibes into the space, and it shows. He has plenty of raw wood, an “in the woods” sort of drapery covering his bedroom wall and an attention-grabbingÂ petrified wood tree stump side table.
As a filmmaker in New York City, Nikolai clearly pays attention to detail not only in the design of his apartment, but in his career as well. He has been writing and directing since he was 16 years old, and his first feature length film, “Before,” came out this year! His second will be coming out next year, so stay tuned. You can take a look at his work here.
some of Nikolia’s polaroid shots
vintage camera collection
As always, it’s nice to get a chance to learn a bit more about our customers and to see how our pieces have gotten acclimated to their new homes; it’s like visiting old friends.
Here are some more photos of the space. Enjoy.
some wall-mounted moose and deer, hand made by Nikolai
We hope you’ve enjoyed this installment of our Dwellings series! Stay tuned for future posts, and let us know if youâ€™d like us to feature your space!
We are excited to present the fourth installment of our Dwellings Series. This time we take you to a quaint corner of Brooklyn, into the home of a couple of Furnish Green regulars.
On a beautiful sunny fall morning, David, Amanda and Cat (their kitty who posed as a fixture in the window for most of our visit) welcomed us into their charming Brooklyn apartment. The newly married couple lives on a quiet street in East Williamsburg, a neighborhood that is of late in a constant state of flux, developing and expanding in all directions.
Years ago, Amanda was referred to Furnish Green by a friend. She still has her first purchase from the store – a darling little rustic bookshelf which resides in the kitchen and remains her favorite FG piece. Amanda has now been shopping with Furnish Green for about four years, and she has only become more enthusiastic about both vintage items and furniture, opening her own vintage focused Etsy Shop and taking a furniture appraisal course. David shares her enthusiasm, so when the couple found their new space they knew they’d be heading to Furnish Green to help furnish it, allowing them to find quality pieces within their budget.Â Both have certainly become familiar with our quick rate of turnover; Amanda unknowingly snatching a piece of interest to her friend, and David missing out on a Scandinavian Valet Chair by mere seconds.
Amanda’s favorite rustic shelving unit with a Mid Century umbrella stand.
David and Amanda moved into their apartment in January of 2014 and have fittingly come to define the theme of their space as “Knick Knack Attack.” Amanda, coming to New York from Florida, was unfortunately unable to bring some of her larger family heirloom furniture pieces, but the smaller knick knacks made the trip and have become fixtures in their home.
The first room we encountered was the kitchen. It features a Furnish Green farm table and great vintage folding chairs. Bright and sunshiny with marigolds, sunflowers and the walls painted a yellowish hue actually called “Sunflower”, this kitchen has an energizing effect, yet still manages to feel homey.
They explain that their honeymoon trip to India served as a source of inspiration in decorating the apartment with Indian artwork and knick knacks and a colorful paint palette.
David’s favorite piece: A Late Deco Chifferobe.
David, a life coach and massage therapist at Bodyworks DW, has taken advantage of the nature of his business and recently swapped sessions with an interior designer who is a client of his. She did a walk-through of their home, and while she approved of many of their design choices, she helped to guide them in some of the final decision making.
From desks and dressers to accent seating and compact storage pieces, these Furnish Green regulars have acquired a truly unique mix of items.Â Thanks to a variety of influences, outside perspectives and their own innate design sense, the apartment is becoming a comfortable and quirky space immediately welcoming guests to feel at home.
butler’s tray end table
Mid Century desk with Herman Miller desk chair
fire engine red formica top table
empire style dresser
The couple has been married one year this week, so we’d like to congratulate them on their marriage and on so stylishly furnishing their new home!
Â David’s guitar collection
** If you like what you see, you can get more information about the interior design company they worked with, Teri Breajewski Design, atÂ www.twbdesign.com.
We love to see our pieces in action, and we hope you do too! Â So stay tuned for future Dwellings Features, and let us know if youâ€™d like us to feature your space!
We recently took a jaunt to the Financial District to visit the home of a Furnish Green regular. A neighborhood that is comprised of a blaring contrast between residential and fast-paced finance, the Financial District is rich with beautiful buildings that signal the history of the iconic neighborhood. Darylâ€™s building boasts its own bit of history with the ground floor being occupied by the first fine dining restaurant established in America, Delmonicoâ€™s. Walking past Delmonico’s to enter the building, we travelled up a few floors to Daryl’s apartment. Upon entering we were immediately taken with the style and class of the space.
Daryl has been shopping with Furnish Green for less than a year, but he quickly built a reputation amongst our staff as someone who repeatedly left the store with striking pieces. While he claims that he is by no means a furnitureÂ connoisseur, we took notice of his knack for acquiring some of the store’s favorite pieces. A mix of strong Mid Century and Danish Modern furniture, and slightly more playful yet stylish accents, we were excited to see how Daryl had implemented the cool pieces he had stockpiled from Furnish Green.
When asked which, among the many, was his favorite purchased piece, he instinctively points to the Floating Mid Century Danish Modern Desk in the middle of the room. The piece has a commanding presence and looks beautiful in the space.
Another focal piece of the apartment is the Globe Wernicke Co. Oak Barrister Bookcase, with the classic rustic appeal of dark oak wood, glass doors and industrial metal accents. While his place is well-lit and open with lots of large windows it may seem that light fixtures would be an afterthought. But Daryl’s zeal for visually commanding lamps result in an assemblage of fun pieces that remain important in the room, even when the lights are not in use. The Brass and Wood Tension lamp and Hanging Globe Swag Lamps really add some Mid Century ambience.
Daryl continues to flesh out the details of the decor. Keeping a close eye on the site allows him to land the perfect accent pieces like these Mid Century Ram Bookends (featured below) which were a definite favorite of the Furnish Green Team.
Big thanks to Daryl for the tour! Here are just a few more photos!
Final image: His amazing rooftop and view.
We love to see our pieces in action, and we hope you do too! Â So stay tuned for future Dwellings Features, and let us know if youâ€™d like us to feature your space!
One Saturday morning in February, a gentleman by the name of Matthew Cohen came into the Furnish Green showroom. A designer from Toronto and founder of theÂ Matthew Cohen Design Collective, Cohen has spent the past two years working on a very special project: designing the New York branch of the Centre for Social Innovation. To make his vision a reality, Cohen aimed to use existing materials and repurposed items. Furnish Green became one of his sources, and he purchased a varied assortment of pieces from us. From industrial shelving units to a ceramic stallion’s head, all of these pieces would come together in one unique space.
The Centre for Social Innovation was founded 10 years ago in Toronto, with a simple yet revolutionary philosophy. It’s a place where independent small businesses can share space and resources, and work alongside each other to build relationships.Â All companies working through CSI are involved in social enterprises.Â About two years ago, CSI started planning for a new branch in New York City. One of the first steps was finding someone to design the new space. Cohen was working in Toronto at the time, designing venues for various non-profits. CSI took notice of him and his work, and soon he was brought on to oversee the design of the new CSI branch in New york. Since then, Cohen has been working tirelessly to turn the New York CSI into what it is today.
CSI has three locations in Toronto, and the New York branch is the newest addition. Since its opening in May 2013, the New York CSI has grown to accommodate over 180 organizations. CSI also rents spaces to outside companies for various events.
A few weeks ago, Cohen was kind enough to give us a tour of the new site in Chelsea. Tucked in an imposing converted warehouse building, the new CSI is a bustling space with an urban aesthetic. Everything inside was made with existing materials, and built by local craftsmen and contractors. It’s a lively, inviting place, with a strong sense of community.
A number of Furnish Green accent pieces, from vintage globes to geometric sculptures, were used to decorate the charming lounge area, one of the first things you see upon entering CSI. This eclectic look was consistent throughout.
Some old tool drawers from Furnish Green help to keep them organized and maintain the colorful yet industrial style.
Young professionals take advantage of all that CSI has to offer. Companies can rent offices for the long term, while many individuals use the “Hot Desk” system: pay for an allotment of hours, and come to work at any desk that’s open.
Lighting is clearly an important design aspect of the new CSI where individuals are developing all sorts of “bright” ideas. These fixtures were particularly striking.
This coat rack wall was made with repurposed materials from an old nunnery.
All cabinets and shelves in the shared kitchen area were taken from a run-down mill.
These are just a few of the many repurposed design elements at CSI. Some of the rooms are decorated with vintage wallpaper fromÂ Second Hand Rose. There are large work tables made with old freight elevator doors from Carnegie Metal. Desks made from felled trees were provided byÂ NY City Slab, and some other wood surfaces were built byÂ Brooklyn Woods. Through its design, CSI has strongly supported local businesses and artisans.
The goal of the Centre for Social Innovation is to revolutionize the way we do business; to be more conscientious of each other and the world we live in, and to make resources available to everyone. After seeing all that goes on at CSI, it’s safe to say that they will have a very positive impact on the world as they continue to grow. To learn more about the Centre for Social Innovation, visitÂ nyc.socialinnovation.org.
Furnish Green is thrilled to present our second dwellings post about a place called Broken Land. Although it is not a house, it is a home for creative cocktails and an authentic, older-world, rustic atmosphere which is true to it’s location and itself.
Broken Land is located at 105 Franklin Street in Greenpoint between Milton and Greenpoint Avenue and opened its doors in early June of this year. The bar is a gem, hidden in plain sight. It’s filled with charm and character and gives you that warm, calming feeling that only comes when surrounded by the most welcoming of people and comfortable surroundings. The intimate, dimly lit space boasts worn brick walls, an old tin roof, flickering candlelight and a refreshing, spacious back patio.
Before Broken Land opened, the owners, Tim and Julia, came to us looking for the perfect pieces to complete their dream bar. They have said that they wanted to create a place “where we would want to be.” Broken Land was named after the original term the Dutch gave Brooklyn when it was settled, Breukelen, which was descriptive of the marshland where Newtown Creek once was, now Greenpoint.Â Over a period of a couple months, we worked with Tim and Julia to put together a large mix of pieces of varied styles which complement each other. They both have a great eye for pieces from any era that work well together. As you can see in the photos listed below, the Broken Land space includes mid century, Danish Modern, shabby, industrial and farm style furniture. The majority of the pieces you see were sourced in our shop and we are overjoyed to see the final result, happy that we were able to help turn Tim and Julia’s vision into a reality.
Next time you’re in the neighborhood, take a few minutes and stop into Broken Land. You will find an inviting space, friendly strangers, and more importantly, deliciously interesting new and classic cocktails at a reasonable price.
Today, we take you to the West Village, into the home of one of our customers who has been shopping at our store over the past few years and sent us a few great photos of the space! The one bedroom apartment and patio are furnished exclusively with Furnish Green pieces. The furniture, fixtures and accessories are a mix of farm style, shabby and industrial, demonstrating how a blend of styles and eras can be used thoughtfully together to complete the design of your space. We thought you’d like to take a look.
A photo of the front of the apartment, hinting that the building is a pre-war walk-up, slightly worn and full of 19th century charm.
The living room. A good example of the farm and industrial styles being used together. The main piece is an enamel top table, likely from the 50’s, with a WWII era Shaw Walker Navy officer’s chair. A slim oak entry-way table is tucked in on the side, providing a little extra table-top space. Above, you’ll see two old pear crates that have been fitted with typical L brackets to serve as shelving units. For lighting, a wall-mounted 1940’s medical lamp has been installed with a repro Edison squirrel cage bulb. The accents on top are an assortment of medical jars and an old camping lantern.
The kitchen. The main fixture is an industrial 1960’s warehouse pendant lamp, again fitted with an Edison bulb to provide that famous dim glow. A coat rack, made with a raw wood plank and antique flooring nails from the 1800’s, has been re-purposed to serve as an unique kitchen utensil organizer.
Here is a better shot of the wall mounted industrial lamp and the pear crate shelves mentioned above. As you can see, this is an easy shelving system to install and use. An old construction worker’s lunchbox adds a cool accent to the top crate Â and a GoodCandle sits atop the other, adding light and aroma to the room.
A simple bedroom shot. Plain white linens and an industrial tool bench lamp hooked into the wall for a reading light.
The back patio. This rustic, raw wood farm table has been treated with wood sealant to withstand the weather. It is accompanied by two of our assorted wood folding chairs, which we always try to keep in stock. On top, a small shipping crate is used as an herb planter.
The entertainment. The metal record stand was likely made in the late 60’s and serves as the centerpiece of this part of the living room. It holds a Rotel turntable and a Sansui receiver, both from the 70’s. Sitting next to the stand is a cream and black industrial medical stool from the late 1920’s and above is a dark oak picture frame.
As mentioned above, all of the pieces shown in this post were found here at Furnish Green! If you like what you see, check out our current inventory on our website or give us a call to ask if we have anything similar in stock. From tables, chairs, lighting, audio, accessories, candles & even Edison bulbs, we do our best to keep the interesting pieces coming!
If you also have photos of your Furnish Green apartment and you’d like your space to be featured on our blog, send them over!