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A Peek Inside Catbird Founder’s Brooklyn Brownstone Home

Catbird Founder's Brooklyn Brownstone Home

Rony Vardi’s life is surrounded by small things, such as her Williamsburg store that started small and Catbird with those sparkly gems, yet she’s full of big ideas. Her animal-hybrid-named label founded in 2004 grew to be a massive success, today with an e-commerce site and a star fan base. The jewelry line’s notion is extremely non-fussy. Vardi tells how she awakens fussy in every facet, including her dwelling.
Enter the Carroll Gardens house, a 1905 Brooklyn brownstone self-decorated and self-designed by Vardi within a project that required two years to accomplish. The spacious four-bedroom, three-bath abode features the kitchen, dining and living room areas as one large, open area. The light and airy area is complemented by white ceilings, walls, and cabinetry with natural light passing through beautiful glass doors and windows. Step away from the French doors, and you’ll be greeted with a large Astroturfed lawn where her two kids like to play barefoot and carefree.
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Vardi’s insides cradle antique furniture, well-worn classic rugs, unique creations mostly flea market artwork, and a lot of hanging plants that combine perfectly together in a casual, breathable atmosphere. A couple of rooms are built with reclaimed wood though others have white floors, with simple materials such as brick, marble and metal mostly used through the home. It’s comfortable, warm and simple just like how she wants it to be. The whole stairway is lined with a huge bookshelf, all in white and in a fashion like the children’ double deck bed frame along with a book case.

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Typically, it takes around 20 years for a home to look comfy and lived-in, and she didn’t need to wait. She adores when things seem old as time passes, rather than the ‘imitation # & old8217; kind, and thus the place is full of valuable family-owned pieces. The kitchen sink has been derived from her mother’s garage while the zebra seat located by the staircase once belonged from the original Catbird store. From the living area, which Vardi describes as the household’s rec room, sits the Eames lounger possessed by her husband throughout his younger years.

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Vardi frequently advises her clients not to be too valuable with their jewelry and safekeep just for special occasions, instead live with the gorgeous things everyday. This is seen in her bath area, where each corner is pretty much alive. Un-lacquered brass fixtures grace the private sanctuaries, which quickly started to evoke a rustic feel and look. In general, the house thrives with its tiny yet substantially visual components. The Catbird founder contrasts the enchanting yet far from ideal home to her small business, a process and work in progress.

Pictures: Vogue

 

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