Mauri Weakley and her husband, Ben Heemskerk, know a thing or two about making a house a home—even if you’re not dealing with an ideal, Architectural Digest-worthy space. Take the compact, cozy space the stylish couple turned into the first outpost of their eclectic Brooklyn home goods store, Collyer’s Mansion, in Brooklyn’s Ditmas Park, which couldn’t fit more than a few bodies inside. But Mauri, who’d worked in visual merchandising for the likes of Steven Alan, and Ben, a restauranteur, filled every corner with new and old finds that expressed their love of vintage textiles, ceramics, and colorful artwork. As she puts it, “It’s about pieces suited for everyday living that double as art.”
The place quickly became a key resource for design-y New Yorkers, and the pair have since expanded to a much larger storefront in Brooklyn Heights, branching out into furniture and custom collaborations like leopard-print trays, orange-blossom wallpaper, and vine-emblazoned pillows. The whole array is pretty dreamy—but still chock-full of practical stuff to make even your tiny studio apartment feel completely cozy (and maybe even magazine-worthy!).