1BR, Park Slope

Two Manhattan transplants transform a prewar apartment into a chic-looking suite.

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  • Photograph: David Rosenzweig

    Erica and Greg Reitman (plus their basset hound, Oliver) traded Manhattan for Park Slope in 2007; a year later, they purchased their one-bedroom co-op just west of Prospect Park. "I thought we would be here for a year, then I would show Greg this was the stupidest idea ever and we would move back to Manhattan," says Erica, who, in addition to working as a marketing director like her husband, writes the blog Fucked in Park Slope (fuckedinparkslope.com). But the couple fell in love with the neighborhood and prewar apartment, which they've transformed into a "chic little hotel suite."

    The Reitman's basset hound, Oliver, has become somewhat of a celebrity around Park Slope, thanks to Erica's blog, which features him often. The royal treatment extends to his life at home.

  • Photograph: David Rosenzweig

    Closing on the co-op took four months---just enough time for the couple to decorate. "We had the entire place laid out, inch by inch," says Greg. They found the leather chesterfield sofa at ABC Carpet & Home (abchome.com). The entertainment system, which provides ample out-of-sight storage, is from Ikea (ikea.com). Erica bought the patterned rug on Overstock.com (o.co) and the mirrored coffee table at West Elm (westelm.com).

  • Photograph: David Rosenzweig

    The majority of accessories throughout the apartment are from Etsy (etsy.com) and eBay (ebay.com), including the vintage animal needlepoints hanging in the foyer. Though the couple loves scouring flea markets for unique finds, they both spend a large part of their days online, which directs their shopping habits. One such score: black vinyl stickers from WallPops! (wall-pops.com), which they cut to achieve the striped effect around the front door.

  • Photograph: David Rosenzweig

    "Everybody thought we were out of our mind," says Erica of the decision to paint the apartment white, "but that's one of the first things people comment on." The Reitmans used a Benjamin Moore porch paint specifically made for floors, and three other shades of white for the walls, ceiling and trim. Colorful pillows from CB2 (cb2.com) add dimension, as does original work from NYC artist Nicole Cohen (sketch42blog.com), whom Erica met online through her own design blog (designblahg.com).

  • Photograph: David Rosenzweig

    "I knew immediately we should do a banquette," says Erica of the dining space. The couple found one with hidden storage beneath the cushions at Ballard Designs (ballarddesigns.com) and paired it with a Docksta table from Ikea (ikea.com). The canvas that hangs above was the couple's attempt at a collaborative painting, before Erica redid it with blue acrylic and stencils. "I was so worried Greg would come back and not like it, but he came in and was like, 'This is awesome, I love it.'"

  • Photograph: David Rosenzweig

    The Reitmans also chose to update the kitchen counters with marble, "which, again, people thought was crazy," says Erica. They applied zebra wallpaper as a backdrop in the glass-fronted cabinets. All of the paintings are from Etsy.

  • Photograph: David Rosenzweig

    Oliver was not only taken into consideration when designing---the Reitmans chose leather couches to avoid a daily battle with dog hair---the pup has become a decor theme as well. The couple found these illustrations of basset hounds online, and display them near the front door in Ikea frames.

  • Photograph: David Rosenzweig

    In order to make the most of their space, the Reitmans pushed their bed up to the bedroom's built-in bookshelf and installed two Pax wardrobes from Ikea. "It's a small space, and so we tried to make all of our choices based around the idea that we need to maximize our storage," says Erica. "We now have empty shelves in our closet! We've never had that experience before in a New York City apartment." The basket at the end of the bed from the Brimfield Antique Showin Massachusetts doubles as shoe storage.

  • Photograph: David Rosenzweig

    Erica and Greg framed the bedroom's two windows with long graphite curtains tied with vintage Vera Bradley scarves sourced from eBay. 


  • Photograph: David Rosenzweig

    Erica and Greg found this abstract nude on Etsy for $500, their first art purchase for the apartment. The artist, whose shop is now closed, was a student at the time. The painting inspired the couple in terms of the color palette for the rest of the co-op. "We had so much fun decorating the space, but it's 690 square feet, so when you're done, you're done. It's not like a five-bedroom house and we could slowly work our way through," says Erica. "I'm now so itching for another project I'm trying to convince Greg we should buy a vacation house."

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Photograph: David Rosenzweig

Erica and Greg Reitman (plus their basset hound, Oliver) traded Manhattan for Park Slope in 2007; a year later, they purchased their one-bedroom co-op just west of Prospect Park. "I thought we would be here for a year, then I would show Greg this was the stupidest idea ever and we would move back to Manhattan," says Erica, who, in addition to working as a marketing director like her husband, writes the blog Fucked in Park Slope (fuckedinparkslope.com). But the couple fell in love with the neighborhood and prewar apartment, which they've transformed into a "chic little hotel suite."

The Reitman's basset hound, Oliver, has become somewhat of a celebrity around Park Slope, thanks to Erica's blog, which features him often. The royal treatment extends to his life at home.

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Ashley

Where did you get that throw at the foot of your bed. It's really great!