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Neutral decor ideas to steal from a plant-filled Brooklyn home

Outfit your apartment with soft hues and relaxed pieces

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A beige sectional sofa in a room with off-white curtains, floors, and walls. A plant with large leaves sits on the window sill.

This week’s edition of House Calls takes us to the Brooklyn, New York, home of AJ Pires and Rachel Johnston, who traded in their classic brownstone for a waterfront apartment in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The couple’s collection of 200-plus plants—inherited from Johnston’s late father—thrive in the unit’s floor-to-ceiling windows, which provide a cinematic view of the East River. The plants, in fact, helped shape the interior palette. “We wanted to keep the palette more neutral so the plants could provide the color,” Johnston says.

Taking inspiration from the calming home, we sourced key products—or in a few cases, similar finds—from each room so you can bring the look to your own space.

Living room

In the airy living room, an iconic Noguchi coffee table sits between sections of a B&B Italia Charles sofa, with a France & Son reproduction of Wegner’s CH25 chair and Mantis BS1 B floor lamp to the side.

A living area with couches, an arm chair, glass table, and planters with plants. There are floor to ceiling windows overlooking a waterfront and buildings in the distance. Heidi’s Bridge

Dining room

The dining room is home to a walnut Montis Doble Table and walnut Ch36 Wegner dining chairs; Tom Dixon light fixtures hang overhead. Each kitchen in all of the units in the building are by Italian brand RiFra. The kitchen’s backsplash is made from tiles by the couple’s friend, Forrest Lesch-Middelton, and the shelf holding dry goods is by Mark Jupiter.

A kitchen with a large table, chairs, island, and wooden cabinetry. There are copper colored globe shaped light fixtures hanging from the ceiling. The walls are white. The kitchen backsplash is patterned.


In the master bedroom, a Formstelle Simple-Hi bed from SuiteNY is flanked by two Kartell Ghost Buster side tables. The textiles are from Dwell Studio, the artwork is by Devlin Shea, and the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Pavilion Gray.

A living area with a bed, side tables, lamps, a work of art centered above the bed, and plants in the foreground. There are floor to ceiling windows overlooking a waterfront and buildings in the distance.