The Insider: Practical, Considered Design Gives Park Slope Condo Understated Appeal
"The owners of this three-bedroom condo in a converted Park Slope mansion asked Jesse Parris-Lamb, an interior design studio with an office in Downtown Brooklyn, to furnish their apartment like a “friendly, lived-in Swedish professor’s home,” circa 1970.
“It was the funniest design brief we’ve ever gotten,” said Whitney Parris-Lamb, who formed a partnership with Amanda Jesse in 2014. The two women met at Pratt Institute a decade ago while getting their Masters degrees in interior design, then gained experience working for some of New York’s top interiors firms.
“Most clients tell us they like gray, or blue, or need a comfortable sofa. These folks gave us a real concept. They had a good idea of what they wanted, but needed some help getting there.”"
How to Make a Small Apartment Feel Huge
"Interior designer Whitney Parris-Lamb lives in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, with her husband, Chris, and their sweet dog, Grete. Their apartment is meticulously curated, but what really sets it apart is the creative use of space. Here’s how Whitney set up a bright, sprawling home in a technically small space… "
The Insider: This Light, Bright Williamsburg Row House Was Rebuilt From the Ground Up
"The interiors are characterized by an abundance of clean-lined built-ins made of quarter-sawn white oak, which provide storage on every level, and a general bright airiness.
“We tried to provide a warm, neutral base,” Ilizarov said, “with color coming from furnishings, rugs and drapery fabric.” The décor, incorporating mid-20th-century classics and fabrics sourced from India, is the work of Brooklyn-based Jesse Parris-Lamb Interior Design."
The Insider: Whitney Parris-Lamb
"Whitney Parris-Lamb can work a room: As a senior interior designer at Atelier Ace, she brings serious chicness to the brilliantly anointed Ace Hotels around the world. If you want to get in on that fun, well, now you can: Earlier this year, Whitney and a pal debuted Jesse Parris-Lamb to share their talents with personal clients. Hope you’ve got room on your Pinterest boards."
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House Tour: A Sophisticated Townhouse in Williamsburg
"New York interior designers Amanda Jesse and Whitney Parris-Lamb of Jesse Parris-Lamb have more than twenty years of combined experience, designing for some of the city's most prestigious firms. Now, the Brooklyn-based design duo creates homes using their own unique cooperative approach. When the pair was tasked with transforming a Williamsburg townhouse into a "cozy, family friendly home," with modern sensibilities and a warm color palette, they started by taking a close look at their client's tastes. “Our client has a love of bold color, texture, and pattern so we really tried to highlight that in the textile selections throughout the house," said Jesse. "We paired clean lined mid-century and contemporary furniture pieces with hand-wovens, block-prints, and custom area rugs to soften and warm the space.”"
Hunt for the perfect data: Christian Rudder of dating site OkCupid
"The muted, dark blue façade of Christian Rudder’s four-storey Brooklyn row house belies the meticulous renovation that lies within. In the entrance hall, floor tiles spell out “Hello”, and Rudder, co-founder and president of dating website OkCupid, greets me with a hushed voice, so as not to wake his three-year-old daughter, Plum, who has just gone down for a nap.
“It was a low ceilings, everything narrow, three-family crowded Williamsburg jam,” says Rudder of the 1910 structure he bought in 2012 with his wife, Reshma Patel, founder of the public relations firm Think PR. The couple hired architects Brendan Coburn and Yuliya Ilizarov to tear it down and build a new home on the plot, a project that took more than two years. The only remnants from the original house are a few pieces of wood that were fashioned to make a counter in the kitchen."