the best brownstone in brooklyn
Jewelry designer Page Sargisson lives in Brooklyn with her family. Their beautiful, 25 foot Brownstone in Park Slope caught our eye immediately, and after reading below, you’ll see why. All lovers of handcrafted furniture, personal details, and amazing wallpaper should keep reading.
Published Nov 19, 2015 7:00 PM
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Jewelry designer Page Sargisson lives in Brooklyn with her family. Their beautiful, 25 foot
Brownstone in Park Slope caught our eye immediately, and after reading below, you’ll see why.
All lovers of handcrafted furniture, personal details, and amazing wallpaper should keep reading.
After a full renovation, you’re just happy that the
contractor is out of your house and the bathroom
has a door on it. Once we had enough furniture for
people to sit down, I took a break. Recently I’ve
been trying to get art on the wall. I made the
weaving piece with my kids’ art and finally sent it to
Framebridge to get framed. I also recently bought a
photograph for my 40th birthday by a somewhat
famous photographer from my hometown named
Tony King and bought a huge photograph by my
friend Jessica Antola from her Ethiopia series.
1. WHAT WAS YOUR GOAL IN MAKING
THESE IMPROVEMENTS? WHAT
BROUGHT THEM ABOUT?
Although I am so amazed at the craftsmanship of
my grandfather’s pieces, they are of a certain genre
being copies of old antiques from the 1700’s. The
craftsmanship is incredible but they definitely have
a “ye olde” look and I don’t want my house to look
exactly like my mother’s house did. I tried to
modernize it with the light fixtures we bought,
adding more modern textiles to the furniture and
through the pieces we hung on the wall.
2. THERE ARE THREE ELEMENTS IN YOUR HOME WE’RE REALLY INTO. CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT…FURNITURE MADE BY YOUR GRANDFATHER? My grandfather was ahead of his time – an environmentalist, DIYer, and flannel-shirt wearing man in the 60’s! He taught woodworking at Groton school for 30 years so he could do what he loved and still educate his kids. He was 73 when I was born and he taught me how to make dovetail boxes, jigsaw puzzles, fly fish, and so much more. He was retired by the time I was born but he’d spend hours each day working in his basement studio. I have memories of the furniture in their house, then my parents’ house and now my house. I have a secretary he made my father for his college graduation in 1955, a desk he made my grandmother in 1938 and a mini secretary he made for me when I was two – all inscribed to each of us in his script on the underside of the internal drawer.
DRAWER PULLS MADE
BY YOUR HUSBAND?
These are amazing! My husband had
this idea well before we moved into the
house or designed the kitchen. His
attention to detail flabbergasts me – not
only did he throw these tiny knobs on
the wheel but he drew the tiny designs
by hand. I also adore that he had my
sons go into his studio and draw on
some – they’re just scribbles or just say
H T but they’re my favorite, something
that will stay with us forever – a ceramic
piece of history.
These are amazing! My husband had
Wow – wallpaper was harder than I
thought. I love color and pattern but
also didn’t want my house to look like an
old grandmother’s house from the Mad
Men era. I also had a hard time figuring
out what the “repeat” would look like
when it was all over your wall. Thankfully
my friend, Ali Tick, is an interior designer
(and former Domino editor!) so she
totally got my vibe and made sure I
didn’t go crazy. The red cork wallpaper
was inspired by a wallpaper that my
parents had in their library. I have such
fond memories of that red room that I
wanted to replicate it and thankfully Ali
was able to find it! I bought the green,
bright flower wallpaper off of Gilt.com –
it’s from Brooklyn based designer Aimee
Wilder which made it an even bigger
draw for me and seemed appropriate.
3. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE
PART OF YOUR HOUSE, WHERE
DO YOU SPEND THE MOST TIME?
With two little kids I definitely spend the most
time in the kitchen but my favorite room in the
house is my bedroom. It’s a corner room, so
enormous by New York standards, and you can
see the tops of the trees and the sky so it feels
like you’re in a treehouse.
4. CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN AESTHETIC IN THREE WORDS Pattern, craftsmanship, color.
5. ARE THERE SIMILARITIES
BETWEEN YOUR AESTHETIC AT
HOME AND IN YOUR WORK?
Absolutely! I love pattern and texture and
finding old things that can be re-worked into
something current and beautiful. I did it with
my sons’ art (weaving their watercolors
together), weaving the sailing rope for the
seats of my grandfather’s chairs and mixing
old and new design motifs. It’s similar to
how I find old woodblocks and take the
patterns from them for my jewelry or how
sometimes I hand carve a classic wedding
band but keep all the file marks.
6. WHO IN YOUR LIFE
HAS THE BEST SENSE OF
My high school friend Margi has amazing
taste and her house reflects it. She knows
how to edit and curate — something I greatly
admire but not something I can ever do.
7. WHAT IS THE MOST CHERISHED
ITEM IN YOUR HOME?
The plates that my husband made me and
my children. They have a note inscribed on
the bottom talking about the year and what
he loved about us at that moment. It’s like a
pottery love note.