I've never seen someone embrace their new life and home like I've seen my friend Victoria Sullivan embrace Brooklyn. We girls always joke how Victoria is the "mayer" of Brooklyn. Well really anywhere she visits, we dub her the "mayer" of... like Cold Springs. She just has a lovely way of introducing herself, and getting to know people. She goes out on her bike, explores and discovers the best and most unique finds. Always sure to find a bargain, and sometimes right off the street.
Take for example the way her and her husband bought a barely standing brownstone in a popular section of Brooklyn, and turned it around, on a tight budget, into one of the best of spaces ever. She really sets the bar. Dilapited to Desireable, Grime to Glory, Sad to Sensational. And I would not have believed it. I just don't have the eye that she and her handsome husband have. They could see right from the beginning what they wanted to do.
After a semi-reasonable about of time with contractors– pulling down, and putting up, and putting in– they took over the rest of the job themselves. But I don't just mean painting. They brought the old fireplace to a luster it probably never had, adorned the ceilings and walls with detailed molding, painted colors that suggest a feeling, lay down brand new wood floor boards, and even new stairs to the basement. They did this themselves. Then there's the decorating... Don't worry, it didn't happen over night. That would make them just too much to bear. Envy is only a small step away from good intentions. No, I'd say it took about 2 years to get just right. And that's how it ought to be. Love, care, and an ever persistent scrutiny to what goes wear and what one wants. You have to earn it. and they did.
The house has personality. It's theirs and it speaks volumes. I'm pleased as punch that Victoria has recieved the recognition she deserves with articles in British LivingEtc, which I posted last year here. And most recently on Refinery29.
And if that's not enough, Victoria and her sister Charlotte Thompson, who is based in England, are the fabulous duo behind White Rabbit England, which they've worked hard on and put heart and soul into. With gorgeous night lights of Rabbits, Owls and Charlie the dog, this spring they will be introducing nursery quilts and children's bedding too. Too bad my boys are all grown up! Although I think they'd love Charlie the Dog for their room... (hmmm birthday approaching fast!)
So as Mother Day approaches, I couldn't help but think of one of my hardest working moms, who finds time to still be the bestests friend ever. Without Victoria, I'd be lost at sea.
Above pictures from the Refinery29 photo shoot.
Victoria's home was also used in a recent photo shoot for Shopbop.com for the Rebecca Minkoff's Lookbook!
And if you haven't yet, check out The March 2011 issue of LivingEtc, another amazing spread of Victoria and Nick's home posted right her, back in may of 2011: