We’ll begin with a few quotes from Brooke’s Instagram followers: “Absolutely amazing room!!” “Stunning work!” “That wallpaper!!” “That lampshade!” “That green trim, so chic!” “The way you mix patterns! Gorg!” (Hey, it’s Instagram.) But aside from all the hearts, clapping hands and accolades, it’s Brooke’s attention to detail that gets the most attention. And in today’s world of “anyone with an Instagram page can be a decorator,” that is unique.
Brooke comes to interior design the usual way – by swearing she’d never become an interior designer. After all, her mother was one – doing homework usually meant clearing the table of swatches first; and European vacations somehow always involved antiques. So she became a buyer at Neiman Marcus, creating lines and products from the cashmeres and silks in Italian mills. Then she became a shop owner, creating a chic boutique filled with fantastic lines and French antiques. And then a customer kept asking if Brooke would design her home. And then another one asked. And then another. And she finally gave in. And when her friend Sarah (from Neiman Marcus) asked if Brooke would help open the interior design side of Dovecote, the high-end home store in Westport, it was settled. She was an interior designer.
Since opening her own firm, Brooke has been on a whirlwind of design projects – from a stone house on a ranch in Bartlesville, OK to a castle in Stamford, with projects in Greenwich and Darien in between. She’s just wrapping up an apartment in Manhattan and about to start on another. Because of her unique background, her work is original – pairing the chic details of fashion with the classicism of old Europe; pairing a Moroccan tile floor in a mudroom with Scalamandre wallpaper in the powder room. It all works.
How does she know when a client is happy? “When they stop going out at night and just stay home.” In their “amazing, stunning, chic, gorg…” environs. Who wouldn’t?