Sometimes, we look around and wonder how we've accumulated so much stuff. Tchotchke mountains seem to materialize out of nowhere, and piles of unnecessary purchases clutter the corners. We live in a culture of acquiring, and our homes end up being the dumping ground. Creating a clean, edited sanctuary of pieces we truly love is hard work — and, it doesn't happen overnight.
Anne Hellman knows a thing or two about this. Not only is she the author of Design Brooklyn
, a gorgeous coffee table book about modern design and innovation, but she and her husband remodeled their own Greek Revival-style home in Brooklyn, and she's spent years honing her collection of furniture. Her light-filled, aspirational three-story townhouse is an edited dream. We may not have her square footage, but we can take all of her advice on hanging art and choosing colors. Who feels a small-space purge coming on?
Photographed by Julia Robbs