On the day New York-based product designer Fiyel Levent planned to move into this early 1900s rowhouse in Queens, New York, an inauspicious storm flooded the entire basement. That, however, didn't stop Levent, who was trained in architecture, and her fellow architect husband from renovating the place into a perfectly lived-in "maker" paradise, where their own DIY works spice up just about every corner. Before getting to the decor though, the pair had to make some big changes: vinyl floor panels were removed, custom oak bookcases were built for the bedroom, the kitchen was remodeled, to name a few.
"Our house is nice and hodgepodgey," Levent tells Lonny. Well, it's surely "hodgepodgey" in the most charming way, as Levent's intriguing creations mingle dynamically with flea market finds and other vintage pieces. In the dining room, for example, Levent's sculptural Hikari pendant lamp hangs right over a vintage Saarinen tulip table and vibrant Shaker-style chairs. The show-stopping pair of red velvet chairs in the bedroom came from her grandparents' family home in Finland. Levent's intricate laser-cut artwork also feature prominently on the walls. Below, a few more looks—head over to Lonny for the full house tour.