We love delving into the homes of Interior Stylists - and New York based Hilary Robertson is one of our favourites!
What's particularly impressive is the fact that she moved with her family from the UK without most of her treasured possessions, prepared to start afresh in her new city.
It wasn't all plain sailing and after some unsuccessful apartment experiences, Hilary moved into this home in a Brooklyn brownstone (a typical 19th Century New York terrace house).
Faced with having to start largely afresh, Hilary hit the local antique and flea markets (one of which was conveniently on her street!) and became adept at buying pieces with a story.
Within a few years, the property has the appearance of a home that has gradually evolved, with layers and textures that combine in a really natural and uncontrived way.
She loves having tables in her living rooms that "have no other purpose than to be a surface for some pretty still life: a collection, flowers in different bottles...whatever feels right in the moment".
The basement dining room doesn't get much natural light and playing up to that, Hilary painted the walls in blackboard paint which are frequently drawn on with white chalk! This also serves as a fitting backdrop to show off another tablescape of white Giorgio Morandi-inspired vessels and the Civil war era shaving mirrors above.
Hilary has also published two books - The Stuff of Life (this will inspire you to go out and start trawling around the markets this weekend, or re-arrange your shelves at the very least!) and more recently Monochrome Home.
Hilary's home is a perfect representation of her (and the family's) preoccupations and a reminder that homes without personality can suffer from seeming too generic, or even too formulaic. We can't have that now can we?