The Second Story (A New HOVEY DESIGN Project)

A home up high, soaring into the sky gives you a bird's eye...view...of the world (that was almost a poem!). But when you get to the top, you can do nothing more than look down and that seems so...lonely. The city becomes a collection of dirty rectangles and chaos down below. 

I once went to a meeting on the 58th floor of an office tower in Midtown and looked down onto Central Park. From that view that massive, beautiful set of landscapes looked like a solid forest without a human in sight. Breathtaking, yes, but honestly, I'd rather be a bit more down to earth. Not necessarily right on the earth, but hovering just above, on the second floor. Our Aunt Rita and Uncle Al have two porches overlooking the water that winds through Maryland's Eastern Shore. The one on the ground floor is lovely, but the one upstairs off their bedroom is like stepping into a tree house. You stand there floating along the tree tops, hovering over the sail boats as they breeze by. That's where the magic is, on the second story.

For our latest decorating project, Porter worked with a couple in the entertainment industry who needed a place to stay this summer while the wife works on her television show. She found them a three bedroom on the Williamsburg waterfront -- on floor two. Here the view is a direct eyeline onto Manhattan, hovering gently above the lapping waves of the East River.    

We wanted to create a simple, summery setting with organic shapes and heavy nods to 1970s California.

This table top came with another table, but I refinished it and painted with semi-gloss Benjamin Moore in Copper Mountain AC-12. (which makes it almost look like it's covered in a smooth peachy leather) and added Hilver legs from Ikea. The chairs are the Jean Prouvé standard.

We're obsessed with Tom Dixon's tea service.

We found these wonderful handmade dishes (and so much more) at Holler & Squall, one of the most beautiful shops in Brooklyn and our main go-tos for all decorating projects. 


My fencer stands guard over the office entry.

We found this Otto Schwarz sea scape for a steal. The frame was badly damaged, so I repainted it in dark grey.

We found the French flags at Red Chair, one of the most lovely shops in Hudson. Sebastian the Camel is one of Hansa's ride-on options.