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Peek Inside Blanca Monrós Gómez’s Brooklyn Home

01/29/2012

Blanca Monrós Gómez has done the whole “shared studio” thing. But these days she works on her ultra-delicate fine jewelry line out of her Park Slope, Brooklyn, house, which was originally built in the 1800s and has been undergoing near-constant renovation courtesy of Blanca’s husband, Aniket, since they bought the place three years ago. One perk of the home office (besides the short commute): She can be close to their twins, who are a year and a half old. “Three weeks after they were born, I was already working again—but it was easy because we have this setup,” she notes. Here, a look at her space and the changes to come.


“There used to be a big tannery around here, and these houses—there used to be a whole block like ours—were built for the workers. When this house was built, this was the cooking area.”


“The houses had really tiny rooms because there was no central heating. The smaller spaces got less cold. My husband’s design was to open everything up. But the stairs are the original stairs—we’re doing things in phases.”


“I do a lot of custom work—like engagement rings and wedding rings. We meet here. Usually I meet with two or three people a week, and nearly all of them come back to place an order.”


“The actual studio in the basement has not been renovated yet. It’s going to be a big project because it needs to be totally redone—the floor needs to be dug out and everything. It’s really hard to have construction when you’re working. We actually want to have a studio entrance and maybe even an appointment-only storefront.”


“For the kids’ room, I wanted to keep it simple. Also, we had a very tiny budget and needed two of everything! To make the garlands, I got this Martha Stewart hole punch, and we hung the wallpaper. I love the wallpaper.”


“My husband came up with this idea to do a drawing at the top of this wall and then leave it blank at the bottom so that the kids can draw—because they can only do lines.”


“I love our backyard. It’s really relaxing, and sometimes when I have meetings, we sit out here. These plants are giant—they just keep growing, growing, growing. We planted those hydrangeas three years ago, and look at how big they are!”

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