Martha Stewart Living editor in chief Pilar Guzman; her husband, Chris Mitchell; and their two boys, Willem and Henry, gather in the kitchen of their Brooklyn brownstone. "We spend about 80 percent of our time here," Pilar says. The couple retrofitted the room, which was originally a formal parlor, as a kitchen; former closets house appliances and dishes, and a marble-top island was built by designer Tyler Hays.
The most recent addition to the house is a leather sofa in a corn of the kitchen, which is where the family eats dinner most nights. "We added it for the cozy factor," Pilar says. "Doesn't everyone always ask for the banquette in a restaurant?" They chose tufted leather for its warmth and toughness. Chris collaborated with upholsterer Andrew Camp on the banquette design; easy to wipe clean, the material shows no sign of the food (or even papier-mache) spills that have taken place on it. Two prints by Enzo Mari add graphic shots of color against the charcoal walls.
Tolix raw-steel bar stools, conranusa.com
Located on the second floor, the den is outfitted with a custom sofa, vintage Spanish chairs by Borge Morgensen, and the only television in the house. "It was tempting to put a TV downstairs near the kitchen, but having it upstairs makes you watch less," Pilar says. The family spends Friday nights here, as part of their sushi-and-a-movie ritual.
In the guest bathroom, the couple painted the original claw-foot tub black and added a walk-in shower. Much of the room's original subway wall tile was damaged, but they were able to salvage some of it and use it to line the kitchen cabinets; they replaced it with new subway tile on the walls and marble brick from Ann Sacks on the floor.
Downstairs, the couple turned a former pass-through between the woman's and man's bedroom into a nook that functions as a reading room, a space for the boys to build forts, and a guest bed in a pinch. They covered a three-quarter-size bed with a coverlet made with fabric by Bennison and a kick plate covered in the same fabric. "Chris's brother, Gregg, is the vice president of the company).
Mahogany doors originally from the kitchen were repurposed to create a grand entrance to the en suite master bathroom, which has an egg-shaped Agape tub and Ann Sacks tiles. It serves as the primary bath for everyone in the family.
Hammam towels, 78 inches by 38 inches, in White with Black Irregular Stripe, brookfarmgeneralstore.com.
Though the brownstone would allow for the boys to have their own rooms, their parents wanted them to share one. "Even after they fight like crazy, they always beg to sleep in the same bed," Pilar says. A David Weeks sconce provides lighting over both beds, and a mural of a train, drawn by Uncle Gregg (with artistic direction by Henry), creates a magical backdrop.
Standard Elin pillow cases, in Saffron, areahome.com.
Get inspired by ultra-organized spaces and beautifully-designed rooms.Take the Tour