House Tour: Molly Guy's Boho Digs

We've really come to dig Molly Guy. We love the business she created, the chic, boho "anti-wedding" wedding-planning studio and fashion brand Stone Fox Bride. We love her unadorned, totally authentic modern-hippie look. We love her ballsy, but sweet attitude. Oh, and we particularly love all the amazing content she's helped create for this very site.
Still, we'd never actually gotten a peek inside the Park Slope apartment she shares with her husband and totally adorbs young daughter. And, it does not disappoint. Guy's roost is a blissed-out Brooklyn paradise, decorated with one-of-a-kind curios, inexpensive Target picks, and — get this — a reinterpreted teepee made of handwoven rugs. Click on to see why we didn't want to leave.
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So, you just dove in and pursued that without anything to go on but your taste and your passion?
"Yep. Look, I'm really proud of the fact that when I was in the depths of my career hell and truly in despair about the fact that my future as a writer was looking quite grim, I cried and screamed and kicked my way into an industry I knew nothing about. I barely knew anyone in the wedding business and still managed to create a brand grounded in love and beauty that resonates with a lot of seriously awesome women. Also, I love that at Stone Fox, we’re a team of women who design for women — short, tall, petite, curvy, medium-sized, and everything in between."
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We're in love with your place. Can you describe what you've done with it?
"I've filled it with my nana’s Moroccan rugs, Wegner and Nakashima furniture, Electric Love dream catchers, fig trees, and tons of books. We've also got a teepee in the middle of our living room along with an antique claw-foot bathtub."
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And, what would you say is your favorite piece in your home?
"The teepee my husband built for me one afternoon as a surprise when I was at work, then covered in textiles from my travels to India and Peru. I also treasure my maroon Moroccan rug my nana gave me before she died and my paper-mache giraffe’s head from John Derian."
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And, what's your favorite part of the house?
"I love the third floor. We rent a restored, recently renovated brownstone and the living area upstairs is a huge open space with a wood-burning fireplace, teepee, bathtub, work area, tons of art, and windows and pillows. Every night after work my husband and I convene with our daughter in front of the fire, play guitar, and decompress."
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Back to decor for just a sec, what are your favorite recent budget scores?
"Oh, I’m a major bargain-hunter, so I’d like to think everything I own is a major score. My huge, Hans Wegner original round Danish table I bought off Craigslist for $500 is way up there. I found a few really beautiful ceramic mugs at the flea market recently, and I’m really into my Target wooden cookbook holder. When I’m doing my crazy Julia Child, messy-chef thing on Sunday afternoons, it keeps the recipe propped right up in front of me, so I don’t have to keep searching for it beneath piles of dough and onion skins. Plus, it looks kind of antique, since it’s mostly just made of wood."
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So, what's the unifying theme behind your home's aesthetic?
"When I was in my early 20s, I lived in a lot of shoebox apartments in the East Village — little cramped spaces with cinderblock walls that had the toilet in the living room, overflowing ashtrays, and no closet space anywhere — all that stuff. There were Juergen Teller and Nan Goldin pictures taped to the walls with chewing gum. The older I got, the more sensitive I became to the details of my personal space. New York City is a jungle, as cheesy as that sounds. It’s a filthy, cramped, psychedelic gerbil cage and even a two-block walk around the park can be a vicious assault on the senses. During my hippie-dippie, Saturn-return phase, I made a vow to pare down my possessions and create a home that reflected my desire to mellow out and nest. I even got the word "home" tattooed on my wrist (it's since been removed)."
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So, it's your escape in the city?
"Yeah. It's our mellow, meditative haven. Clutter really freaks me out — I love simple, clean design, comfortable functional furniture, dark woods, and clean lines. It’s important to me that our home be multifunctional. Whether I'm entertaining friends, practicing yoga, watching football, eating pizza in front of the fireplace, and cuddling with my husband and daughter, I try to keep my personal space really airy and cozy and comfortable. Kind of like a high-style cocoon. Laurel Canyon 1979 is kinda the vibe I’m into."
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And, what are your days like now?
"Well, I work six days a week. I'm up at 7, into the office by 9:30, and home by 6:40. Usually, I spend the early evenings with my daughter, eat dinner with my husband by the fire, and I'm in bed with a book by 10:30. I’m telling you, I’m a serious homebody. Every Saturday night, my husband takes me out for a cheeseburger and a movie. I try to squeeze in some illicit long lunches at Gemma with my girlfriends, some yoga classes, and extended coffee-gab sessions here and then when I can."
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Well, then, what are you wearing during all that?
"Jeans, Indian hippie blouses, boots, Ryan Roche sweaters, leather jackets, cashmere ponchos, beat-up cream Converse, and hats. It’s all the same, baby...day or night. But, if it’s after 8, watch out: I might just wear some smeary eyeliner and mascara."
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So, how would you describe your style?
"I'd say it's Jerry Garcia meets Jerry Hall. You know, I was dressing like a high-fashion hobo way before the Olsens were even born! My natural state is to wear something torn and tattered and long and unflattering with something inappropriately expensive and bizarre. Like the other day, I was wearing my grandfather's nightshirt from 1953 with black jeans and a Chanel bag. The softer, older, more-faded, worn, holey, and cozy, the better. Once I bought a moth-eaten, lavender pashmina scarf off a rickshaw driver in Varanasi for $3. It looks amazing with black boots and jeans and a tee."
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Is there any piece that has a special place in your heart?
"It would have to be the ring I wear every day — created with an emerald that my nana left me. It reminds me that no matter how much of a lazy slob I am, I better make at least a little bit of an effort to keep it together. She was the most stylish person I...[ever knew], and it had nothing to do with what she wore. Her mere presence radiated soul and grace."
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So, who would be your favorite designers, then?
"My friend Ryan Roche has the most exquisite collection of knitwear that is all made in a women's collective in Tibet. Scarves, hats, blankets, sweaters — the works. It’s like wearing a warm blast of air, so soft you can barely feel it on your skin. I am obsessed with vintage — lately I’m into 1940s flannels, old YSL black boots, and Mongolian sheep coats from the '70s. Very into my Target boyfriend jeans — super-comfy, yet I can get away wearing them to a big important work meeting."
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Finally, what's coming up for you? What does your immediate future hold?
"The big thing right now is the fact that we're moving out to California very soon! No matter how much of a neurotic, fourth-generation Chicago girl I may be, somewhere deep inside I know there is a restless California girl just waiting to be let loose!"
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