The cheerful Brooklyn home of an artist

Here in Malmö, the sun is shining and I've got one of my besties visiting from London - hurrah! I hope you've got some great things to look forward too this weekend too? If so, I've got just the home to match the FRIYAY mood.  This cheerful apartment in Brooklyn, New York belongs to the incredibly talented Leah Goren, an illustrator and surface pattern designer who counts brands such as Anthropologie, Penguin and Revlon as her clients and is the author of BESTIES and co-author of Ladies Drawing Night. Her natural eye for bold colours and playful design shines through in her relaxed home where art, rugs and accessories add cheerful pops of colour and vibrant green plants stand mid-century pieces and other vintage finds. Enjoy! 

Credits: homeowner - Leah Goren. Photography -  Kelly Fondots. Found via Glitter Guide, with thanks.  

Such a great home! I love all the quirky touches. Is there anything that catches your eye? 

Get the look from Leah's home: source vintage terracotta pots here, the big plant next to the parrot wall hanging is a fiddle leaf fig tree  (check out this piece on how to keep them alive and well). Knit pillow by Leah,  source a similar pouf here. Visit Leah's shop for colourful and playful art and accessories. 

You can read the full interview and see more pictures of Leah's lovely home here.

In case you'd like to see more from the neighbourhood - here are a few other fabulous Brooklyn homes to enjoy: the Brooklyn home of a Swedish expat, the boho home and studio of a creative duo and the lovely, relaxed home of a fashion designer. Oh so inspiring!

While on the subject of New York, my family and I are headed in that direction this summer - eeeee, so excited! We're planning on staying in Manhattan for a few days and then looking for somewhere  to go relatively nearby to explore and chill out afterwards - any tips?

Have a wonderful weekend and see you Monday!


  1. Ooh, so exciting about visiting NYC! I've been several times and will tell you some of my favorite spots.

    You must visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and block at least half a day for that. Quick tip: Go early (when they open in the morning), and start at the rooftop, then work down through the floors. If you get to the roof early, you'll be nearly alone up there and it's a beautiful view of Central Park.

    I also recommend the Metropolitan Opera if you're an opera fan. Otherwise, check out a broadway or off-broadway show, or a play. The NY Philharmonic is also excellent, and they put on special summer shows that are very good.

    My absolute favorite NYC restaurant is a French brasserie called Balthazar, located in SoHo. The food is mind-blowing, just spectacular. Make a reservation in advance! They serve 3 meals a day, and brunch is amazing. Don't miss the desserts.

    I highly recommend the Rough Guide to NYC, it's a wonderful series of UK-published travel books. This version was just updated in 2016!

    Also - here's a Lonely Planet NYC guide for more info.

    Last thing:
    I recommend that you skip the Empire State building: it's expensive, and involves very long lines. For a lovely view, walk across the Brooklyn Bridge at dusk. You can get wonderful photos of downtown Manhattan for free. Plus, it's safe for kids because the vehicular traffic is totally separate from pedestrians/bikes. (Example of my photo from this view is here: )

    Happy travels!

    1. Hi Emily, these are the most amazing tips - thank you so much for taking the time to share them! Have a lovely weekend!

  2. Beautiful, bright home! Take a trip to the Hamptons and on the way stop for a coffee break and see my Scandinavian inspired home!

    1. Very tempted by the Hamptons - and with a stop at a beautiful Scandinavian inspired home? Now there's an offer I can't refuse! 😊

  3. I loved this place: the mood, colors, plants and the cute cats ;-)

    1. The cat is wonderful! Love how he's basking in the sunlight!

  4. Ooooh I miss Manhattan - you really have to check out the Chobani Cafe! It's my favorite place in Soho and it's inspired by the turkish cuisine! See some pics here:
    Have a great time there and lots of fun!
    Greetings from Berlin

    1. Ooooo I do love a cafe tip - thank you! Off to check out the post! Thank you

  5. This is a wonderful post - what makes a house/apartment a home are images that include the occupants beloved pets especially dogs and cats - I recently received your wonderful new book - it's superb- so much inspiration! Thank you - warm regards Robyn


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