A Bohemian Haven in a Brooklyn Townhouse, Built by Newlyweds
After “I do,” Matt Kliegman and Sophie Green moved to Brooklyn and did Sunday date nights at Ikea.
Published Sep 15, 2017 3:35 PM
proposed toSophie Green
, a yoga teacher and art therapist, while they were drinking wine in two Adirondack chairs by a creek in Upstate New York. Soon after, they exchanged vows beneath a floral adorned chuppah at her family’s farm outside of Toronto. After feasting on lamb chops, string beans and potatoes, guests were lead to a converted 150-year-old barn with a disco ball and bonfire, where they partied until 4:30 am.
It’s no surprise that, months later, when they were searching for their first home together, they landed on a light and airy Boerum Hill brownstone with a chic, country feel. Built in 1890 with wide plank wood floors, original moldings, and two fireplaces, it has a private yoga room, art therapy space, and roof patio.
“I immediately fell in love with the house,” says Green. “So much light filled with the entire space.“ After five weeks of renovation (“basically cosmetic work,” says Green, “refurbished the fireplace, adding new appliances to the kitchen, a walk in closet…)” they left their 400-square-foot Nolita apartment and moved right in. “It’s so liberating to be in a big house,” says Greene. “I knew this was the one the second I saw it.”
Here, Green fills in the blanks to give us the lowdown on life after marriage.
Before I got married, my apartment in
the East Village
was kind of a mix between
. I lived with
my sister, Deeva
, and I spent most of my time at home
having dance parties with her
Boy, was it fun when I moved in with
When it comes to art, I’m all about
. My partner, though, prefers
more realistic work
. The most beloved piece of art we own is
a Ryan Mcginley photograph of autumn
that we bought together from
The first dinner party we threw together was
for Matt’s birthday when we had just moved in
. We invited
20 close friends
. The one thing I regret was
nothing! We moved from a 400-square-foot apartment to a house, so we finally had the space to entertain.
On a typical Monday evening, we can be found
cooking dinner together at home
. Saturday afternoons are for
taking long walks to Dumbo along the water with our baby
, and on Sundays,
Matt always cooks me brunch, and we eat ice cream
The five items you will always find in our refrigerator are
We mostly shop for furniture
online, but we love Greenhouse, an antique store in our neighborhood, and ABC Carpet and Home
. The most expensive piece we’ve purchased was
more than our former Ikea couch
and came from
The five items you will always find in our medicine cabinet are
sunscreen, SkinCeuticals moisturizer and face wash, lavender oil, and Q-tips
I absolutely cannot get in bed at night without
flossing my teeth
The registry item we can’t live without is
our Heath Ceramics set
Our favorite room in the house is
it’s super cozy
. We spend a lot of time
changing and feeding our baby there.
When it comes to housework, I am the one who always
does the cleaning and the laundry
. My partner, on the other hand,
does all of the maintenance and most of the cooking
. The one thing we can’t agree on is
where to leave your socks when you take them off
The three best organizational tricks I’ve learned are:
How to have an organized closet. We had zero room in our old apartment so it was important to build something custom for the two of us. We designed it with California Closets.
Use storage up high.
Live a lean lifestyle.
I like to spend on
child care and personal items
, but he cares way more about
The most important piece of advice I would give to newlyweds is
that communication is key and if you’re hoping to improve your relationship, don’t think kids will do that for you
. Never, ever compromise when it comes to
making sure you keep each other the top priority at all times!!
In 10 years, we hope for our home to be
where we still live
, filled with tons of
memories from our travels and adventures together
My design aesthetic is three words is
bohemian, country, and chic
. My partner’s is
One thing no one knows about our home is that
we are repurposing some cool rooms in our basement.
I hope our Airbnb guests don’t find our
house since we aren’t on the platform
. That would be really