A Country Modern Home In Brooklyn

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Charlotte & Her Home

As a full-time award-winning wedding photographer, Charlotte Jenks Lewis has been trained to see beauty everywhere she turns. Whether she’s working to capture a blushing bride and groom or the magic of a city skyline, Charlotte’s intuition routinely hones in on those once-in-a-lifetime moments that deserve eternal recognition.

And, of course, the same can be said of the home she shares in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, dog and two young children! Every surface acts as testament to lives well-lived (not to mention, well-read), and Charlotte has been able to channel her appreciation for unique little moments into each room. Her boys’ colorful sketches are posted throughout the house, books literally litter every available nook and cranny, and highly functional, yet stylish, storage units are built into each space to bring order to this busy family’s lifestyle.

Below, Charlotte welcomes us into her Brooklyn row house, and offers us the chance to challenge ourselves to embrace the wonder in every day, too!

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What is your favorite part about living in Brooklyn?

There are so many things I love about living in Brooklyn! There are always things going on here, and there are always people around. I love living among so many people in creative fields, and feeling inspired every day by things I see around me—from the interior design of a new boutique on Bedford Avenue or a cute coffee shop to some edgy college kid walking down the street!

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How did you initially get into interior design?

I’m actually a photographer! Interior design is just my hobby, and it’s a creative outlet for me that is just for pleasure and not for work. Some people like to cook, I like to decorate.

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Do you use your own photography as artwork around the house? What are your favorite alternative resources for art?

I do incorporate some of my own work into the house. The large picture over my fireplace is by John Dolan, who is an incredible photographer and has been a mentor to me. All of the photos of my kids are mine. I do like incorporating personal photos into the design of a house, especially in an intimate space like the bedroom. Otherwise, I’ve purchased some of my art from Minted, West Elm and One Kings Lane.

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I love constantly editing the pieces that we have, and incorporating new items with older ones. There are some pieces that I’ve had forever, but by incorporating older items and newer ones, it gives a space a sense of history while still looking fresh.

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You say that your home is a combination of country and modern. Could you tell us how you honed in on this unique aesthetic?

I love natural materials, but I also like clean lines. I love the warmth of tan even though I know gray is in style. I love wood. I like traditional windows, but minimal window treatments. And I also love texture. My mother thought I was crazy when I painted our entire hallway black and white—she said it was going to look like a newspaper. But there’s texture in the blacks with the beadboard and in the whites with all of the tin, so even though it’s simple, it’s very cozy and inviting. We also took a risk by keeping our original wood floors. They’re not perfect, and they’re very country, but they add so much warmth and interest to the space.

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What is your favorite room in the house and why?

My favorite spot in the house is the sandy yellow chair right next to the back door. It’s where I have my coffee every morning, and in the summer I can open the back door, close the screen door and feel the fresh air pour into my house. You can forget that you’re in the city when you sit there.

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How do you keep your home so tidy with two young children and a dog running around?

I really don’t…but having a playroom for all of the toys to go definitely helps! And I make my kids clean up at the end of every day and I give them a sticker.

Where are your favorite local stores to shop for furniture and accessories?

I love Sprout Home. I got the beautiful Robin’s egg blue lamp in my living room from there. It has also helped me with my garden. I enjoy going to the Brooklyn Flea. I also like Olde Good Things in Manhattan.

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What are your budget-friendly interior design tips?

Well, all of my curtains are made with a pair of scissors and a staple. And in Reed’s room I sewed those little pom poms on his curtain myself. I also think going to big-box stores for kids’ stuff can be great. Heath’s rug is actually from Target!

I love constantly editing the pieces that we have, and incorporating new items with older ones. There are some pieces that I’ve had forever, but by incorporating older items and newer ones, it gives a space a sense of history while still looking fresh.

From where do you pull inspiration?

I love Apartment Therapy and HGTV. I also love to collect design books.

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I think surrounding yourself with things that you love that are expressions of you makes any space your home.

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What are your favorite Instagram accounts and blogs to follow?

I follow Design*Sponge, Glitter Guide, Fine Little Day. One Kings Lane, Becki Owens, West Elm, My Domaine and Into Home.

In your words, what makes a house a “home”?

I think surrounding yourself with things that you love that are expressions of you makes any space your home.

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What are some of your most clever storage tips?

One of my favorite pieces is the custom cabinetry in my living room. I ordered them on Etsy from a store called Grace Modern, and they hide all of my television components and all of the wires. Plus, they’re floating so there are no feet! It’s a very clean look and I love them.

The custom stools for your boys in the bathroom are so cute! Where did you get them and are there any other custom pieces throughout your home?

The stools are from Damhorst Toys, and they were both gifts! My kids love them because they’re also puzzles and all of the letters come out.

Another set of custom pieces in our home is the cabinetry behind our bed in the master bedroom. This room was originally a kitchen and when we renovated, we converted the kitchen cabinets into a bedroom bookshelf. We removed the sink and stove, and I painted it a dark blue to give it a cozy feel.

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If you didn’t have photography, what would be your dream career?

Maybe a house flipper! But actually being an EMT looks very exciting to me as well.

What is your favorite part about decorating a home?

I love starting over and doing something new every time.

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I love living among so many people in creative fields, and feeling inspired every day by things I see around me—from the interior design of a new boutique on Bedford Avenue or a cute coffee shop to some edgy college kid walking down the street!

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Author: Carrie Waller

Carrie is the writer, stylist and photographer behind Dream Green DIY, and also is the features editor for Glitter Guide. Follow along on Instagram!