Nestled in the brick-lined streets of Brooklyn Heights, design shop HomeStories brings Belgian and Scandinavian decor to the neighborhood. Moody, minimal and warm, the store’s set up instantly invites you in, inspiring you to redo your whole apartment, or at the very least hang out on one of the linen sofas with a cup of coffee and a great magazine.

The founders of HomeStories, Paul and Sophie Yanacopoulos-Gross, first opened a shop in Switzerland. But then, after a few years, decided to bring their concept to Brooklyn, attracted by the integrity and honesty of the borough as well as inspired by the ever-growing local attention to manufacture and quality. With backgrounds from all over Europe (British, Swedish, and Greek) and time spent in Brussels, Germany and the Netherlands they had a unique perspective on design that they wanted to bring over: creating “handmade poetry”, they focused on offering decor that had a minimalist, monochromatic and crafted look.

The effect of their perfectly selected collection is felt when you enter: from their special shade of wall color, made up of a mixture of “Cornforth White” and “Purbeck Stone” from Farrow & Ball, to the impressive oversized print by German photographer Elger Esser, and HomeStories’ exclusively designed bench.  The store not only tells a story, but it shows us how we should live – it takes us back to the simplicity and quality that is so rare in this digital age.