Aaron Probyn and Rebecca McEvoy looked at five or six apartments, aiming to find a quaint brownstone, before landing on their two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,200-square-foot Carroll Gardens abode. “It’s in a really beautiful building with great windows and a distinct layout,” he says. “We really enjoyed Manhattan, but always gravitated toward Brooklyn. It’s greener, calmer, and there are more outdoor spaces, which is great because we have a dog.”
The couple, who hail from the United Kingdom and moved to Brooklyn in July 2019, have a long roster of work centered on design and interiors—Aaron having done furniture and accessory collaborations with brands like Another Country, Habitat, and IKEA, and Rebecca being an interior stylist and former style editor at Elle Decoration UK. So it makes sense that their New York apartment is designed to a T.
While Aaron leans more pragmatic and material-led in style, with a love for natural textures, Rebecca has a whimsical, playful, and eclectic aesthetic. “We both have an appreciation for design tactics and vintage pieces,” he says.
The living room features an array of collected items, including a 1940s industrial storage cabinet originally from Hungary that they found in a vintage shop. “It’s the real centerpiece of the living room,” Aaron says. But the items on its shelves stand out as well, many of which they found on their travels: the red Plant of the Apes statue purchased in Hong Kong; Japanese dolls; a zebra mask from Africa; and porcelain horses originally created for Habitat, where the couple both worked.