A Brooklyn Apartment With Lots of Sunlight and Custom Art

As with clothes, the way you decorate a room expresses your personality. In its most ideal form, it signals to guests how you interpret yourself. In this round of Real Cool People, Real Cool Apartments, we check out the Brooklyn home of Rajni Lucienne Jacques, the Fashion Director at Teen Vogue. Our intentions behind the creeping: to learn what she’s all about.


Rajni Lucienne Jacques

Neighborhood, # of rooms:

Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. Two rooms.

What do you do?

I’m the Fashion Director of Teen Vogue

How long have you lived here?

4.5 Years

Who do you live with, animals included?

My husband, David Dowd our baby boy (who is one year and four months), Diego Dowd

What do you like about the neighborhood?

It truly is a neighborhood in the sense that everyone knows each other. I walk out my door and say hello about 11 times before I get on the subway. During the summer, the block parties are off the hook.

What’s the best thing about your home?

The sunlight that streams in 24/7 always keeps a smile on my face. Also, the rooftop that no one in the building uses but us.

Do you ever work from home and if so, what’s that like?

I do work from home a lot, but when doing so I have to maintain a schedule or nothing gets done. Setting a time to start and stop is especially helpful. Our second bedroom was my work space and painting room before Mr. Diego was born. Now it’s his bedroom, so I sit at the dinning room table when I work from home.

What did you think about when decorating? What was the process like?

I wanted things to be clean — not minimalist, but clean and simple. I didn’t want to spend tons of money, though, so I made sure to keep pieces from my old house that could work within this smaller space. The white walls were my canvas; I decorated them with colorful art, lots of primary colors and funky pieces. Because I paint, I was also able to fulfill my decorating vision with some of my own work.

Did you have an overall vision in mind when you started decorating?

Nope. If I saw something or was inspired by something, I would bring it in and build around it. I wanted to keep the main space clean and simple, but for the rooms, I had a little more fun with the decor.

What are your favorite home “scores” and where are they from?

I found these Marcel Breuer Wassily Chairs in an antique shop on Nostrand Ave. I had been looking for chairs like that for a while, but couldn’t afford any of the ones I’d found. When I saw these in the window and asked for the price, it was finally in my budget. I gave him $80 out of my pocket to reserve them, and that was that. The antique shop no longer exists. Gentrification is a bitch.

For someone young and trying to nest, what are your top three tips when it comes to finding/buying items for the home?

Go to flea markets and antique shops outside of NYC. I always find cheap gems when I shop vintage. Don’t copy someone else’s style, just get inspiration from it. You want your home to be yours. Don’t go with a trend. Go with your gut.

What are your favorite household goods/home decor stores?

Flea Markets, HomeGoods (you just have to get through all the bullshit, but you can find some good stuff there) and 1st Dibs.

Most unexpected place to find great things for the home?

My parents’ home.

Where’s your favorite place online to look for apartment inspiration?

I just Google things and see what comes up — steel chairs, black and white rugs, etc. Then I go down a serious rabbit hole.

What’s the one thing every home should have?

Love. It can’t be bought.

Anything else you want to add?

I just bought a new couch, the Astor Grand from Joybird, because my old one (pictured) was getting ratty. I had it for 10 years and it was time for it to go. I loved the shape, but getting it reupholstered would have cost the same as getting a new couch. I can’t wait to see how the new one looks. I went with a gray color. Fingers crossed it works in the room.

Photos by Genevieve L. Garruppo; Follow Genevieve on Instagram.

Harling Ross

Harling is a writer and was most recently the Brand Director at Man Repeller.

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