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Inside Tour: Ethical Fashion Designer M Patmos Gives Her Brooklyn Home a Conscious Facelift
Posted By Amanda Coen On March 7, 2012 @ 5:45 pm In Brooklyn,Interiors | 1 Comment
Marcia: It took about three months, but then it took a little longer for everything to be finalized.
Marcia: I really tried to keep everything that I could keep but selectively got rid of some things. I got rid of some bigger vintage things that used to sit in the middle of the floor against the wall that took up a lot of wall space. We were just trying to get some things off the floor. That’s why we got these components that you can change around or move to another apartment. My couches and things like that were here. I just made slip covers to give it a little face lift.
Marcia: I used good materials everywhere possible, but then also tried to find things that were within my budget. It’s kind of a mix; it’s a little high and low. The kitchen and the bathroom are IKEA  innovations. IKEA ’s pretty great because you can do things on a budget and it’s pretty clean and modern and useful. The counters are made from recycled glass.
I did invest in Energy Star appliances and the shelving units are really well designed and help elevate things creating an enhanced sense of space. If I ever move, I can even bring them with me and they can become completely different somewhere else.
Marcia: It was just all white before. So I just changed the gray and then had the different shades of gray throughout the apartment. I owned all the artwork before but just moved it around a bit.
Marcia: The carpet is from a place in Tribeca called Double Knot . The owner is Turkish, and he sells a variety of things. Some are vintage and some are new. For the new items he works with workshops in Turkey or Morocco. This carpet came from a group of artisans in Turkey, and it’s made of kilims  that are unwoven and then re-woven in to new things. So it’s a traditional style but made more modern.
The colors were my request because I wanted something neutral, kind of graphic but then with just a little shot of color. I loved how the vintage kilims have random designs, sometimes they’re almost like signatures of the tribe. We discussed it, and I showed him the colors I was thinking. I brought an Alexander Girard  book which has a lot of pinks and oranges, and they’re apparently very similar to some traditional kilim accent colors so he knew how to describe it to them. We decided to let them do what they wanted within my description, and I love how it looks.
Marcia: Probably in a certain way. Everything’s connected.
Marcia: I’ve lived here for a while and previously I had ripped out a partial wall and a doorway and it was just a terrible closet that wasn’t spacious. My friend, Miggy Buck , is a furniture maker and sculptor based in New York and she constructed the closet and also built in shelving to better use the space. She built those for me knowing what I like- a little bit of a mid-century style but modern- custom designed for that space.
Marcia: I love how the living room and kitchen space are now joined because it used to be chopped in two. It’s much nicer to have it all open. I also love the gray. I was getting obsessed with it. The color for some reason is calming.
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