The once-industrial borough of Brooklyn is now home to New York’s creative, fashionable set, thanks to the huge array of warehouse buildings converted into beautiful, airy apartments and homes.
Brooklyn Heights in particular is a neighbourhood renowned for its brownstone buildings, celebrity residents and diverse style – that has inspired an interior design trend all of its own.
Rich, dark leathers are combined with reclaimed woods, striking patterns and ethnic fabrics, for an eclectic vibe that’s cool, but also welcoming.
The good news is that you don’t have to live in a spacious warehouse apartment to incorporate the style into your home.
Starting with the largest pieces of furniture first is a good idea when redesigning a room – and when it comes to the lounge, seating is the obvious first choice.
Filled with character and charm, the Winsley Sofa Range from Barker and Stonehouse is spot-on for Brooklyn Heights. The combination of rustic dark leather, neutral-toned fabric and the bold print of the loafer stool make for a striking seating area.
Travel-inspired prints and accessories are key, making it the perfect design scheme for globe-trotters wishing to show off souvenirs from far-flung places. Dress the sofa with a variety of Afghan Kelim Cushions.
Texture and colour play an important part in creating a successful look – and the brilliant colours and bold geometric designs of these cushions really pull this look together. Continue the theme with an Afghan Rug and collection of beautifully weaved Afghan Baskets.
Available in a range of colours and patterns, when grouped together, these baskets make an eye-catching display for a feature wall, or provide the perfect finishing touch for the Lidgate Coffee Table.
Solid, functional storage pieces and tables that are simple and contemporary in design, make good companions for all the colour and texture already going on, and the Savannah range from Barker and Stonehouse is ideal. Made from solid, wild oak, the range includes sideboards, tables and storage units that will stand the test of time in terms of design.
How a room is lit changes the entire perspective of how it looks and how you feel spending time there. Make the most of natural light by avoiding curtains and opting for light blinds, to continue the pared-back theme.
Hanging pendants are great for creating some drama over your dining table and I love the Goal Pendant collection, which make a real statement grouped in three. Made from mouth-blown recycled glass, these pieces have a real vintage feel, while the rustic finish means that each piece is totally unique.
And if you can’t head to New York for inspiration, pick up one of our spring brochures for plenty of inspiration on achieving the Brooklyn Heights look.