In the bustling Boerum Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, a couple realized they needed a little help with the design of their sunny 3 bedroom apartment – a moment so many young, design-savvy families face. Elizabeth (a marketing associate in the publishing world) and Mitchell (a finance industry executive) had an initial vision for the home, but were never quite satisfied with the results. With two young boys, they needed a functional, comfortable home. However, both refused to compromise on style.

After a moment of “bottoming out” on Pinterest, Elizabeth realized another set of eyes would be invaluable. The couple reached out to Homepolish and began working with one of their talented designers, Evan Schwartz. At their first consultation, the couple explained their tastes (she likes traditional glamour, he leans towards mid-century modern) as well as their needs. “They wanted a more cohesive furniture plan, to finish off some areas, and to basically be told by a professional what the best solutions were since they stalled out on their own,” Evan recalls.

The home was in pretty good shape to begin with, but Evan’s eye would prove to be just the catalyst needed to bring everything to the next level. “You could call the rooms finished but the color choices for the entry and the rug weren’t ideal. The walls were blank, nothing was under the tv. There was a lack of coziness that wasn’t yet conducive to entertaining and family cuddle sessions.” Evan continues, “Elizabeth and Mitch have great taste and she did an excellent job at organizing the built-ins and keeps the place so clean, it was easy to see that we would end up being design soul mates.”

Design soul mates is about as accurate a description as you could give this working relationship. For example, Evan pulled initial inspiration from a famous photograph by Slim Aarons. Incidentally, it was the exact one they’d lusted after for awhile. Both parties remember little moments like this happening every step of the way – whether it be favorite colors or a mutual love for Domino (where Evan began his career). As he worked through the project, he brought in more color and patterns, catering to the need for matching classic with modern along the way. He continues, “I happen to love the styles they’re attracted to anyway and because they were game for just about anything, I was able to pull from my own hopes and dreams.”

Once the space was complete, it offered up the “wow-factor” the couple had been dreaming of all along. The moment the elevator doors open, you’re greeted by Scalamandre Zebras – a nod to the traditional style that Elizabeth loves. In the dining room, another bold wallpaper sets the scene. Calico’s Wabi complements the vintage China cabinet while modernizing the dining area. The living room includes plenty of stylish seating, and a white shag rug – a piece the couple originally resisted but ended up loving wholeheartedly. Thanks to Evan & the Homepolish team, they no longer feel the need to spend hours on Pinterest in search of the ultimate inspiration. Instead, they’re able to live in it… and their home serves as the inspiration to others.


1. “Captain Obvious here but make sure it’s something you love that you can see loving for a while. Wallpaper can be replaced but not as easily or as cheap as painting.”
2. “ALWAYS order more than you need and take exact measurements. Every inch counts and there’s a chance colors can be off if more is ordered from a different batch. Also, order a sample first to see in person in the room it’s going in.”
3. “A legit paper hanger will be insured and have great references. Remember, most of the time, you get what you pay for. Mistakes here are costly.”

SHOP THE STORY: 1. Photograph by Slim Aarons // 2. White Television Console // 3. Brass Floor Lamp // 4. Wood Chair // 4. Metallic Calico Wallpaper // 5. Scalamandre Zebra Wallpaper // 6. Jonathan Adler Throw Pillow (1, 2) // 7. Dwell Studio Throw Pillow // 8. Grey & White Dining Chairs // 9. Square Trays // 10. Striped Bookend // 11. Gold Candleholder 

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