By Domino Staff

Published on November 19, 2015

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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.

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YOUR HOME IS CAPTIVATING, AND WE

KNOW YOU’VE MADE A FEW CHANGES

LATELY. DESCRIBE THEM FOR US.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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YOUR 

WALLPAPER?

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.

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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.

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4. CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN

AESTHETIC IN THREE WORDS

Pattern, craftsmanship, color.

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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.

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6. WHO IN YOUR LIFE 

HAS THE BEST SENSE OF

INTERIOR DESIGN?

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.

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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.

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