Nurse Ellen Capuano Parker lives along with her husband, Darrell, their schnauzer, Gerty, and their cat, Shabooms, in a comfy residence in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. “Ellen isn’t blissful till you are feeling at residence,” Darrell says, “She gained’t stand for it!” The couple additionally makes their very own furnishings and lighting below the title Parker Dearest. Right here’s a glance inside…
On creating a ravishing residence: Ellen: We’ve really been capable of do extra with the residence throughout the pandemic since you’re fascinated by the right way to make your own home comfy and comfortable. I all the time mild candles and have scorching drinks available. I’m now excited to spend the winter right here.
Couch: Joybird. Sizzling canine pillow: similar. Pink and gold pillow: West Elm, similar. Turkish rug ottoman: Parker Dearest. Dresser: Craigslist, mirror: Yesterday’s News, gold-leafed by Parker Dearest. White chair: CB2, discovered on Craigslist. Rug: Houzz.
On studying to downsize: Ellen: I actually like dwelling small. It’s much less irritating and we solely have issues we actually love. We used to have a three-bedroom home in Mississippi, and it was really easy to build up all the things. Now, a pair instances a yr, I reorganize to maintain the residence feeling contemporary. If I’ve one thing I can’t maintain, I put it out on the stoop so any individual else can stroll by and seize it.
Darrell: We’ve additionally been restoring furnishings since we moved in collectively in Mississippi. It began when Ellen wished a extremely costly cowhide ottoman, which we couldn’t afford, so I made one myself, and it type of went from there. There’s plenty of satisfaction that comes from making issues together with your arms.
On Gerty and her title: Ellen: We like Gerty lady! We obtained her in Mississippi six years in the past, and he or she’s our greatest pal. Schnauzers appear like little previous individuals, with their eyebrows and mustaches, so we knew she wanted an previous title. We had the title Gertrude picked out earlier than we obtained her.
On the best tunes: Ellen: We like oldies and Chet Baker and Django Reinhardt — issues that are supposed to be performed on a document participant. It makes a distinction once you hear them performed that approach. We simply began moving into Moody Blues, and Darrell purchased me this David Bowie ‘Nothing Has Modified’ album. Somebody who buys you David Bowie information is somebody value conserving.
On the most effective furnishings discover: Ellen: We purchased this dresser in Mississippi, and we refinished, stripped and repainted it. I additionally just like the lights on this room as a result of they create such heat and ambiance. I actually love the lights that Darrell makes.
Telescope: Celestron 8SE. Oliver No. 3 typewriter: The Antiques Warehouse. Chicken portraits: Phyllis Newman Assortment, discovered at Grand Bazaar NYC. Gold frames: Tony’s Creations Company. Desk: Yesterday’s News. Pink chair: discovered on the road, redone by Parker Dearest.
On hobbies: Ellen: Darrell has been into stargazing since he was a child. This yr, he obtained this telescope for his birthday and he geeks out. We additionally get pleasure from planning journeys, which we haven’t been in a position to do that yr. Our final actually good journey was to Paris for my thirtieth birthday/our delayed honeymoon. It was chilly and wet the entire time, however a lot enjoyable.
On music in the home: Ellen: My dad all the time performed guitar, and I wished to be taught to play the banjo. Once we moved right here, Darrell obtained me classes for Christmas. I play the same old bluegrass stuff, however I additionally ask to be taught Radiohead or La Vie en Rose. That is just about the place you’ll discover us on Saturday mornings: Gerty’s watching guard over the residence, Darrell is studying the paper, and I’m training the banjo.
French press: Bodum CHAMBORD. Mug: CB2, similar. Spherical slicing board: The Painted Swan. Rectangle slicing board: PW Short General Store. Recipe tin: Rifle Paper Co.. Room scent hotter: Scentsy (previous), similar.
On vacation traditions: Ellen: If we’re in New York throughout an enormous vacation, we normally have pals over to rejoice. One Christmas, we made an enormous prime rib with mashed potatoes. We do all our southern casseroles, stuffed with cheese, and plenty of pies. I make my grandmother’s chocolate pie and my mother’s strawberry and cream pie. My mother does this fruit jello with bitter cream that she calls a salad. We miss these large dinners from residence, so we’ve tried to imitate that right here. We lined the counters with casseroles and we obtained additional chairs and had desserts on tables within the bed room and simply made room! I’m already planning the place to place the Christmas tree this yr. One in all our favourite shops is Yesterday’s News, the place I obtained some stunning classic ornaments.
On a favourite customized construct: Ellen: Generally I’ll get an thought and ask Darrell if he can construct one thing, however this espresso bar was an unique piece that simply got here to him.
Darrell: We would have liked one thing on this wall within the kitchen however didn’t have something that might work. I labored in meals and beverage for a very long time, so these are simply cast-iron desk bases from a restaurant provide retailer, and I discovered the vintage oak flooring from the constructing the place I used to work, and we obtained the stone from a marble man in Gowanus.
On the right quilt: Ellen: I really like handmade quilts, and I’m all the time wanting on quilt websites like, ‘Darrell! It’s time to purchase one other quilt!’ My favourite locations to look are Quilt Queen Studio and Stitched & Found. My cousin’s grandmother hand-looms her quilts and I wish to be taught so badly from her.
On the most effective meet-cute: Darrell: We grew up a city aside and went to the identical school and even had a number of the identical pals, however by no means met. After school, Ellen was nursing in New York and I used to be in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We each got here residence for Christmas break and went out with pals; Ellen’s pal launched us after which we began hanging out on daily basis. When Ellen returned to New York, I went again to Baton Rouge, stop my job and packed up all my stuff. It was wild. I keep in mind telling my mother, ‘To begin with, I obtained all my stuff within the truck, I’m not in Baton Rouge anymore, and in addition I’ve purchased a one-way ticket to New York and I’m gonna go see this lady I met three weeks in the past,’ and that was it! We knew from the very starting, and I used to be by no means a type of individuals who believed in that, however it occurred.
Thanks, Ellen and Darrell!
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(Pictures by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo.)