Porter Hovey Painted Her Entire Residence Pink, Even the Ceilings

Porter Hovey's Brooklyn home tour with immersive paint

After we final featured Porter Hovey, she was sharing a loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, along with her sister, Hollister. They didn’t count on to reside collectively perpetually, however the hire wasn’t unhealthy, they received alongside properly, and the loft was sufficiently big for 2. So, they fortunately stayed roommates for 16 years. However in summer season 2021, Porter stumbled upon a 666-square-foot studio in downtown Brooklyn and determined to make a transfer. Right here, she talks concerning the energy of immersive portray, the way to discover gems at auctions, and dwelling on her personal for the primary time…

Porter Hovey's Brooklyn home tour with immersive paint

Paint: Benjamin Moore Mexican Tile. Lamp: Serax. Marble console: purchased at public sale. Candlesticks: Perla Valtierra. Portray: Purchased at public sale, attributed to Lauren Lindsay. Chair: Purchased at public sale.

On discovering the condominium: Hollister and I run a staging and inside styling enterprise, Hovey Design. We have been employed to arrange this downtown Brooklyn condominium on the market. After we completed, we have been like, Oh my gosh, this studio is lovable, the structure is nice, the placement is ideal, and, , to pat ourselves on the again, we did such a cute job. Often, we’re out and in, however I couldn’t let this one go. I ended up placing in a suggestion, and now right here I’m.

Porter Hovey's Brooklyn home tour with immersive paint

Paint: Benjamin Moore Mexican Tile. Artwork above sofa: Hollister Hovey. Sofa: TRNK. Pillows: May Evelyne Interiors. Espresso desk: purchased at public sale. White vase on espresso desk: Perla Valtierra. Black planter: Ponti Planter, HD Buttercup. Desk lamp: Ratio Table Lamp by Kelly Behun for Hudson Valley Lighting. Lounge chairs: Percival Lafer, Nineteen Sixties, purchased at public sale. Flooring lamp: 101 Copenhagen. Rug: Beni Ourain, ABC Carpet & Home.

On leaving issues behind: Once I moved, Hollister saved the entire furnishings that we had within the loft condominium; and with my studio, we have been like, ‘Let’s do one thing model new!’ It felt like being in faculty once more. I purchased a espresso pot, a espresso grinder, bedding. As a result of it’s a studio, each choice needed to be further fastidiously thought-about. We had been dwelling a sort of maximalist life and switching issues up was thrilling.

On assertion lights: The chandelier was my first buy after my supply was accepted. Lighting units the temper for the entire area. There’s nothing worse than strolling into a house with sterile LED lighting and feeling such as you’re in a hospital. The chandelier was undoubtedly a splurge, however one of many advantages of getting a small area is which you could make a splurge-y choice with out worrying about additionally shopping for three beds or eight eating chairs.

Porter Hovey's Brooklyn home tour with immersive paint

Espresso desk: purchased at public sale. Ceramic vessel: ARC Objects. Head sculpture: Doug Rochelle. Black ceramic piece: Casa Alfarera.

On memento procuring: Our mother at all times emphasised shopping for one thing particular on a visit because it’s a approach to keep in mind your time. Often, which means the work of native artisans. Numerous the ceramics in my condominium are from Mexico Metropolis, and we found the insanely stunning Casa Alfarera studio in Santo Domingo on Instagram. On my espresso desk is my favourite piece from them, and I’d like to get certainly one of their amazingly big spikey planters or desk lamps sometime.

Porter Hovey's Brooklyn home tour with immersive paint

Paint: Benjamin Moore Mexican Tile. Artwork above mattress: Hollister Hovey. Bedding: Bed Threads. Black vase: 101 Copenhagen. Candelabra: MT Objects. Overhead pendant: LAS ÁNIMAS. Eating desk: Urban Outfitters. Eating chairs: Poul Hermann Poulsen for Gangso Mobler, purchased at public sale.

On selecting paint: After we’re staging residences, 95% of the time, we inform householders to color every little thing white. To promote an area, folks want to have the ability to stroll right into a clean slate and movie themselves dwelling there. My studio was an excellent alternative to do one thing completely different. We talked about greens, however I saved steering again to pink. I like Benjamin Moore; their value level is truthful and so they make very nice paint. It’s good to see how the colour seems to be at completely different occasions of day and on completely different partitions. Each single spot I put samples up, I used to be like, that’s the one! It’s referred to as Mexican Tile.

On immersive portray: The partitions, ceilings, pipes, hallway, and kitchen cupboards are all pink. It’s undoubtedly not an accent wall! The tip outcome feels cohesive and heat. It’s such as you’re going right into a womb. The condominium will get such wonderful mild, and through sunsets, it simply glows.

Artwork above mattress: Hollister Hovey. Sconce: Humanhome, “an organization in L.A. making the best plug-in (and hardwired) sconces.”

On mattress placement: There was a humorous wall bump-out within the nook, so I requested the man who painted the condominium to increase it farther to the correct, so there’d be room for a queen mattress and nightstand. With studio dwelling, the mattress generally is a problem. It’s fairly intimate and a bit of unusual to have visitors stroll in and instantly there’s your mattress! I minimized the bed-ness of the mattress by not doing a headboard and selecting a darker colour for the bedspread, so it naturally recedes.

Porter Hovey's Brooklyn home tour with immersive paint

Lamp: Serax. Marble console: Purchased at public sale. Candlesticks: Perla Valtierra. Portray: Purchased at public sale, attributed to Lauren Lindsay. Metallic chair: Purchased at public sale.

On treasure looking at auctions: For our staging firm, we supply a ton of items from auctions. It’s higher for the setting to not purchase model new; plus, you get a backstory, and you’ll generally discover nice offers. Our technique is to keep away from getting caught up within the frenzy of bidding. Earlier than the bidding begins, determine your most bid and stick with that. Don’t overlook the customer’s premiums, which could be 25% or 30% of the worth added to the ultimate bid. We deal largely with native auctions, so we’re not paying for delivery from L.A. or Chicago. We’ll drive to choose up our piece and it’s this journey the place you find yourself in these little East Coast cities you’ve by no means heard of.

On a kindred spirit: The portray of a girl in my entryway [above] is from an public sale and I’ve at all times cherished her. One thing about her posture and little eyes peeking out of that clean face make her appear enthusiastic about some good gossip. Similar to me!

Porter Hovey's Brooklyn home tour with immersive paint

Lounge chairs: Jacaranda Lounge Chairs by Percival Lafer, Nineteen Sixties, purchased at public sale. Pillow on chair: May Evelyne Interiors. Pillow on sofa: May Evelyne Interiors. Massive white vase on espresso desk: Perla Valtierra, “smaller sizes obtainable at RW Guild.” Ceramic vessel: ARC Objects. Head sculpture: Doug Rochelle. Black ceramic piece on entrance left: Casa Alfarera. Flooring lamp (gold disk): 101 Copenhagen. Kitchen cupboard {hardware}: Pretty Pegs.

On upping the comfortable issue: These huge Brazilian lounge chairs have been part of our staging assortment that we didn’t use that usually. They’re a bit of beat up however that offers them character. I needed my studio to be uber snug, so I added wealthy materials — leather-based, velvet, linen — that you just wish to curl up on.

On huge items in a small area: There’s a complete false impression round small areas and furnishings measurement. Simply because you’ve got a small condominium doesn’t imply you want miniature furnishings. My sofa is full sized, the eating desk (which doubles as my desk) seats 4, and the espresso desk is big. Having the sofa in opposition to the again of the wall as a substitute of needing to position a TV there opens up the area in a stunning means. I’ve a Samsung Serif. It comes with legs, which helps overcome the tyranny of room association round a TV on the wall. By rotating it barely, I can watch reveals from my sofa or mattress.

Porter Hovey's Brooklyn home tour with immersive paint

Paint: Benjamin Moore Mexican Tile. Kitchen cupboard {hardware}: Pretty Pegs. Pitcher: Creative Co-op.

On entertaining: After we first moved into our Williamsburg loft, Hollister and I have been in our twenties. We might have big events with 100 folks. It was a lot enjoyable and a lot work! With Covid, and the place I’m now in life, I desire entertaining in a extra informal means. Having a few girlfriends over for a pair bottles of wine, chatting, and listening to music is so good.

On paring down: To maneuver into the studio, I pared down my wardrobe and sweetness merchandise immensely. I’ve created a good uniform and routine. Having much less stuff usually means having fewer choices to make, too. I’m not essentially the most organized particular person, so this pared down way of life makes it simpler to maintain every little thing as a substitute and really have my condominium look how I would like it to.

Porter Hovey's Brooklyn home tour with immersive paint

Rug: Minna. Wall colour: Benjamin Moore Pumice Stone.

On contrasts: Despite the fact that my studio is pink, it doesn’t really feel tremendous female. I just like the distinction between gentle and laborious, masculine and female. Each time we’re staging, we at all times add a couple of crops earlier than we’re carried out. In my lavatory, there’s a ​​coconut cluster from Caribbean Cuts on twenty eighth Road. They’ve unbelievable island foliage that appears so sculptural.

Porter Hovey's Brooklyn home tour with immersive paint

Paint: Benjamin Moore Mexican Tile. Rugs: WeBerber, customized sizes, “Etsy is a good supply, particularly for rugs.” Door knobs: Baldwin.

On dwelling alone for the primary time: Hollister and I lived collectively within the loft longer than we ever lived collectively as kids. (I keep in mind when she went away to school, I modified all of the images in our household’s home to be ones of me!) For most individuals, it in all probability could be unusual to reside on their very own after so a few years. Nevertheless it hasn’t felt like an enormous adjustment. Hollister and I’ve gotten right into a behavior of a lot of communication and we nonetheless work collectively. We’re up virtually daily at 5 a.m., and after we lived collectively, she at all times made the espresso and we’d have our morning conferences whereas preparing. Now she picks me up with Dunkin Donuts and we talk about the each day plan within the automobile. Not a lot of a change, truthfully. And I’ve a few of her work in my condominium, too. When she confirmed me the one for above the sofa, Hollister was like, What do you assume? Do you want this? Any modifications? I used to be like, I completely adore it.

Thanks for giving us a tour, Porter! You’ll be able to comply with her on Instagram, should you’d like.

P.S. Many extra home excursions, and Porter and Hollister’s genius Halloween costume.

(Images by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo.)