Before & After: Modern Minimalism In Brooklyn

Hillary Taymour hands me a raw, organic gingersnap with a look of encouragement. I've just divulged my terrible snacking habits to the Collina Strada designer, who happens to be friends with quite a few supermodels (and looks like one, too). I reach into the bag, skepticism lingering on my face. "The chocolate ones are better," she admits with a laugh. "My assistant hides her crappy food from me — she knows I don't allow that in the work room!"

Taymour's commitment to clean living — the snack drawer lined with "sprouted" indulgences, her bathroom cabinet stocked with a dizzying array of essences and essential oils — extends far beyond packaged goods. The designer's new home is a paean to minimalism in industrial South Williamsburg; bleached wood and exposed brick coalesce as the ultimate backdrop for choice artworks, clusters of plants, and chakra-aligning crystals.

We dropped in on Taymour to find out more about her renovation (handled entirely by herself) and her new home line with stylist Gillian Wilkins, Social + Studies. Click through for more.