For a home-lover like me, I have to say that photographing her apartment was one satisfying experience.
Her thrive for balance and beauty in life really shines here, the space is filled with light and captivating visual stories. With a flawless eye for interior styling, she nurtures a passion for objects and original Art. I felt like i was discovering treasures after treasures, the kind of home you want to walk through silently for hours.
But most of all, it's her quiet and respecful sense of hospitality that really humbled me. We ate a delicious home-perpared lunch at the sunny table and tried to catch up, always in a calm and thoughtful manner which i enjoy so much.
What an authentic home, what a beautiful afternoon.
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Tell us where you live, since when and where you are from originally
I moved to New York City in 2009, and am currently living in Park Slope, Brooklyn. I am originally from a little beach town in Japan called Chigasaki, an hour away from Tokyo by train.
What are the 3 essential elements in your daily routine?
Ginger tea in the morning, taking deep breaths at Prospect Park (although I don't get to go there every day) and reading in the bath tub before bed (I lounge in the bath tub for at least half an hour).
Tell us how you began working in the field you are now
In Japan, I owned a lifestyle shop for 16 years, while writing books about American antiques and interior design. I was also working as a buying consultant for NY Takashimaya, as well as an interior consultant for hotels and restaurants. During this time, I would visit New York several times each year and had always thought how nice it would be to be able to live here. When my dog passed away in 2006, I thought I would like to become smaller (like the book "Little Miss Tiny"), and bring my lifestyle back to the basics and be truthful to myself. That's when I decided to close my shop and move to New York. I am currently a columnist and writer for a Japanese magazine, coordinating special issues and such.
What was the best piece of advice you have received in the process?
Be honest and sincere to people, keep things simple.
How would you describe your home?
The brownstone I live in was built in 1896 and has such historical character. It might be bizarre to say that a house has a heart, but this house did not open its heart to me at first. After about a year it opened up to me and seemed to have accepted my personality. As proof of this, I feel so comfortable and cozy now. I also feel like I am being protected.
What detail do you recall most about the home you grew up in?
My grandfather's room. My grandfather's hobby was to read haikus, take care of his bonsais, and collect little things that had beautiful shapes (such as fountain pens, scissors for bonsais, clocks, and other random tools and utensils that he used everyday). In his room, there were rocks that he collected from the beach, which he displayed beside the windowsill; and he would have flowers that he had found during his walks, where he would keep in a vase on his desk. It was a small room, but I would always feel at ease when I was there. Now that I think about it, the room was full of his personality.
Your latest obsession
Dogs! I had a special relationship with Jaye, my Schnauzer of many years, and now feel comfortable and ready to invite another furry friend to be a part of my life.
What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?