We are so happy to welcome LaTonya Staubs to the blog today to share her sweet home with us!
"Our little home is located on the border of Clinton Hill and Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Our apartment is sub-level in an old mansion built in the mid 1800s. We are surrounded with plenty of parks, a porch, and a shared yard that separates an old carriage house (apartments inside) and our building. We moved here over a year ago and just recently signed another two-year lease. Despite the apartment being on the smaller end, we plan on staying put and growing as a family of four here.
"My favorite part of our home is our bedroom. I enjoyed decorating our living room the most, but our bedroom took the least effort and is the most relaxing, in my opinion. I love how the rest of our apartment is bright and colorful, and our bedroom is simple, clean, and cozy. It's the place where we spend a lot of time cuddling, despite our small bed. In the morning, the sunlight comes right on in at just the right angle. Our bedroom also leads out to our personal sunken-in porch (an old drainage system) that we spend plenty of time drinking our early morning coffees, watering plants, and hanging laundry. I've always dreamed of a simple and cozy room for plenty of cuddles, and this room is exactly it.
"Most things in our home were thrifted, free, or easy Ikea purchases. Mostly everything has a story, which I tend to babble about too much when having visitors. My favorite pieces of furniture in our home are River's kitchen, the couch, the TV console, and the record player in our room. River's kitchen was a find from Freecycle and was a complete mess that was a labor of love. Slowly it became River's and my dream kitchen, and maybe one day Oak will find it entertaining as well. I often forget it's a toy, as it has become such a staple in our home. The couch was our "first" large purchase in this apartment. It was delivered here weeks before we actually moved in, and it signified a new beginning for us. Our TV console was a random street find which was once a secretary's desk at a local school. I went and sat on it for a few hours while Peter found a dolly to bring it home. Lastly, the record player in our bedroom means a lot to me as it was my late grandmother's. We actually have a lot of her furniture in our apartment (River's book and toy table), and it brings in some of my favorite memories of her. Since our space is small, we are very careful about what comes in. If we don't need it or have a designated space for it, we don't purchase it."
Thank you so much for sharing your home with us, LaTonya! You can find more of LaTonya over on her blog, LaTonya Yvette, or her webstore, Welkin NYC. xo.
Credits // Author and Photography: LaTonya Staubs