“They met over vinyls in an East Village record store and have been traveling together ever since,” designer Jacqueline Pagan says of her clients. He’s a residential real estate developer from DC with properties in Brooklyn and Manhattan, while she is originally from Puerto Rico and runs a boutique creative consulting and PR firm with her sister. Along with architect Eric Safyan, Jacqueline was brought on to transform one of their rental properties into a place they could call home for awhile.

As a rental, the apartment had kept its original floor plan with a series of small rooms around a main staircase. The place had not been significantly renovated and felt enclosed, dark and dated. The entire process took about two and a half years from inception to completion. “It was a long road filled with quite a few hurdles,” Jacqueline recalls. “But the end result was so worth the effort!” She tells us more below:

How did you connect with these clients, and what was the condition of the home when you first saw it?
He had owned the brownstone on a tree-lined street in East Williamsburg formerly known as “Doctors’ Row” for several years but had kept it as a rental property. After living in the neighborhood for a while they decided to make it their primary residence and started planning the renovation. They had approached an architect and wanted to bring an interior designer on board to help them with everything from space planning to selecting finishes and fixtures to décor. His wife [then girlfriend] and I had met through a mutual friend at a Latina entrepreneur event in NYC where I was presenting Jax+ Home, my textile collection. She arranged a meeting over dinner and drinks to strategize the design direction and we started working on their future home.

What changes were they hoping to see with the renovation?
They wanted a relaxed, timeless space that mixed rich textures with industrial details and some touches of casual luxury. A home that felt collected and eclectic but still breathed an understated elegance, perfect for hosting friends and family.

Weaving the couple’s individual styles into a cohesive story was paramount so they had a hand in the selection of all finishes, from flooring to custom millwork to countertop finishes and tiles. She, an advocate for underrepresented artists and quirky art of all forms, wanted to fill their home with pieces ranging from up and comers to well-known Latino artists/muralists to Ashley Longshore.

Earlier, you mentioned your textile collection. We’d love to know more about that!
Jax+ Home is a bespoke home and textile collection I have been developing over the past few years, launched as a creative outlet shortly after my daughter was born and before I was ready to resume my interior design work. The patterns are inspired by urban|island patterns, shapes and shadows collected between New York City and Puerto Rico. The textiles are printed in our NYC studio and the pillows and other goods are manufactured in Puerto Rico. We are currently to the trade only, for inquiries visit http://www.jax-home.com.

Jacquelyn shares her design details in the slideshow. Take a tour!