Transitioning from a Victorian-style two-bedroom in San Francisco to a sleek, modern one-bedroom in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, social media strategist Rosie D’Argenzio and husband Ambi had to rethink just about everything. “The first thing we did was to edit,” says Rosie. “Many pieces were donated or gifted if we hadn’t used them in the last year. It was such a freeing feeling once it was done.”
Once their West Coast home was packed up and shipped across the country, the couple set about infusing a vibrant style into their nest.
While the New York apartment lacked original molding and quirky character, it was an intriguing blank canvas. “We lived on an air mattress with just our clothes—and cats—for about two weeks,” says Rosie. “That time really allowed us to plan for the smaller space.”
And after years of living in apartments that felt “half-finished,” the couple was excited to get it right. “Because we had a clean slate to start from and less square footage, I wanted to get all the details in place,” Rosie says. Those details include an alluring mix of distinctive vintage pieces, handmade furniture, vibrant textiles, and well-worn accents, from cutting boards to candlesticks.
The result is a space Rosie describes as “colorful, functional, industrial with a global flair—is that a thing?” Indeed, a very stylish thing. See how this unique space came together in record time.
Because we had a clean slate to start from and less square footage, I wanted to get all the details in place.
We both love to entertain, so thinking through the flow of the space with guests, family was a big part of the consideration.
We worked hard at making the space feel warm and intimate... like we were both represented in a real home.