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Enjoy the Silence

by habituallychic

04 . 13 . 14
When people ask me if I know what post has been the most popular in the almost seven years of writing Habitually Chic, I don’t even have to think.  I know it’s the post about Jenna Lyons’ brownstone in Brooklyn, Jenna Lyons Home: The Complete View from 2009. When I was photographing her for my book Creativity at Work (shameless plug), she mentioned she was selling it. Thanks to The New York Times, we can now read about who bought the house and what it looks like now. The winners of the unsurprising bidding war turned out to be Tracy Martin, whose career I’ll let you about online here, and her husband Vince Clarke, of Depeche Mode and Erasure. (I mean, how cool is that?!) 
The couple hired the equally dark duo of Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of Roman & Williams to put their own stamp on the house. It’s interesting to see how some rooms got darker and the already dark master bedroom was lightened up. I know there will be some of you who will say that you liked it better when Jenna decorated it but I don’t think either in carnation is better than the other.  They both reflect the style and lives of the owners and that’s what interior design should always be about.  

All design credits are given on The New York Times

Owner Tracy Martin. 

Photos by Bruce Buck for The New York Times

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  1. Lily L-M April 14, 2014 | 12:26 am

    I think this house must be charmed! Both owners have done an incredible job.

    x Lily

  2. Splendid Market April 14, 2014 | 4:35 am

    a wonderful abode to revisit…

  3. Pearl Jolly April 14, 2014 | 5:35 am

    I love the wallpaper choices throughout the house. And that bathroom is gorgeous!

  4. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures April 14, 2014 | 1:28 pm

    I am obsessed with the way they framed the tub!

  5. BRASWELL April 14, 2014 | 4:34 pm

    They had both done a beautiful job. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  6. Miss Sophisticate April 15, 2014 | 7:18 am

    Both did a great job on decor, but if it were my house, I’d probably do something in between Jenna’s style and Tracy’s style. I love the light airy feel of Jenna’s decor, but I love the charm and little fixtures that Tracy includes to bring warmth and a sense of homeyness. I could just do without the skulls and death-related objects though… 😉

  7. Smarter Alec April 15, 2014 | 3:07 pm

    This post has completely made me rethink my feelings on brass hardware in the bathroom. Really lovely.