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: “I am extremely detail-oriented, but I have no upkeep ability. I do try to maintain [this] bookshelf because it’s something that people comment on all the time. I thought that it would also add a lot of light and brightness to our living room.”

ST: “This color-coordinated thing is always hilarious to me because she could have 12 enormous piles of clothes in our bedroom scattered all over the floor, but she'll get upset that a red book was placed where the blue one is. I think it’s funny because I am the color-coordinated one—my entire t-shirt, sweatshirt area is fully color-coordinated and hers is not at all.”
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