When Jennifer Sagum embarked on a gut renovation of her family’s Williamsburg home, she need not look far for inspiration. Having spent the past eighteen years immersed in the world of Marc Jacobs, she drew upon her keen eye and fashion sensibility to inform the creative process. "I’ve been vintage shopping since I was in 7th grade…I wear a lot of Marc and mix it with vintage. That’s how I wanted my home to be," the VP of Global Advertising & Media shares. To curate the perfect mix of old and new, Sagum turned to interior designer and vintage dealer Jennifer Chused of Chused & Co. Like Sagum, Chused began her career in fashion—first at Donna Karan and later at publications like Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Elle. "The house is very fashion," remarks Chused, who referenced Sagum’s own style of dressing as a source of inspiration. The pair hit it off and worked together to create a space that celebrates pattern and whimsy in a sophisticated way.
Before Chused arrived at the scene, Sagum and her husband Brian Moss enlisted the help of Glickman Schlesinger Architects to "bring [the corner property] back to what it originally was." The renovation took a bit more than a year. At one point, only two walls and a façade remained. Sagum describes the project as "a labor of love" featuring special touches from friends—architects, photographers, artists, and purveyors of handmade hardware.
From the start, Chused and Sagum were aligned in their desire to mix old and new — a philosophy that’s on display in the home’s living room. Here, a vintage coffee table sits alongside a Restoration Hardware couch. The pair made sure to add one-of-a-kind touches to otherwise ordinary pieces. Chused modified the Restoration Hardware curtains with ribbon trim so "they don’t look off the shelf" and upholstered Sagum’s own vintage chair in yellow silk velvet from Pierre Frey. Sagum also made sure to inject personality into each space with selections from her collection of artwork and photographs. Her favorite object in the home is a vintage Lance Mercer photograph that features her fourteen-year-old self alongside Eddie Vedder at a Pearl Jam concert. The framed piece, which was a surprise from her husband, sits atop a living room shelf.
"Modern yet feminine" is how Chused describes the open living area — a space she also dubs the home’s biggest decorating challenge. Her solution for the long, rectangular room: divide it into three distinct spaces, using artwork to highlight the dining area and a rug of her own design to distinguish the sitting area.
Polished and cool, the kitchen boasts a sleek appearance that contrasts some of the home’s more whimsical nooks. The bones for the space, believe it or not, came from Ikea. "I was glued to Pinterest," Sagum shares. She used semi-handmade fronts to give the Ikea materials a facelift, along with hardware from Sun Valley Bronze — a luxury hardware company that’s run by her college BFF [and family].
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Photography: Sarah Elliot