Inside a Brooklyn Home Filled with Antique Finds

Inside a Brooklyn Home Filled with Antique Finds

The founders of State bags have a thing for 1stdibs and color-coordinated bookshelves.

Alec Kugler

There are certain people who have a knack for decorating. We enter their homes and find ourselves looking around in awe. Such was the case when we stepped inside Scot and Jacqueline Tatelman’s Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, home a few months ago. The couple are the brains behind State Bags, a one-for-one bag company in the United States, which hand-delivers a backpack full of tools to a child in need for every bag sold.

While Jacqueline did use the help of an interior decorator, she was involved in the entire process and chose all of the unique one-off pieces that accent the home—think a light pink velour sofa and a seashell chandelier. As the couple walked us through their space, the creative duo talked about their first piece of art, color-coordinated bookshelves, and why they fill their home with encouraging signage.

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JT: “When I was doing the banquet, I wanted it to be dramatic and also incredibly practical. I also wanted to juxtapose something interesting on the wall with the wallpaper that I had chosen, which is kind of a textured, almost grey metallic animal print. We live in a city, and we love that there is so much beauty behind some of the art that lives in the day-to-day of your walk to the subway. When I saw those two photographs at the gallery I was like, ‘Wow, we really need those.’ The guy who took the photographs, he then cuts them and tapes them back together so it’s not just a perfectly square photograph, it’s almost like a puzzle and a little bit raw.”
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