Home may be where the heart is, but for Shanan Campanaro and Nick Chacona, it’s also where the art is. The husband-and-wife team behind the Brooklyn-based décor brand Eskayel have expanded Campanaro’s line of watercolor-like textiles, wallpapers, and accessories out of the bedroom of their Williamsburg, Brooklyn, apartment since 2008. But after nearly six years of efficient living, it became apparent that the couple had outgrown their space. Click here to see more photos.
“Our last place was a one-bedroom with high ceilings, but it was only 600-square-feet,” says Campanaro, who recalls the cramped quarters with an equal mix of fondness and incredulity. “We turned the bedroom into a design library and shelved every inch of the space.” In their new home—a 1,000-square-foot loft just three blocks away from the old one—that’s decidedly not the case. “The window is kind of major,” she says. “We used to pass this place every day walking our dog, and when I saw it was empty and that people were working on it, I stalked it until I found the listing—and then I stalked the landlord.”
Campanaro’s determination paid off. The new Eskayel headquarters is an airy, light-filled space fit for the couple’s growing interiors empire. Where sun-obscuring panels of books sapped the energy of the former office, a giant wall-size bay window affords them an unexpected luxury: an inspiring, ever-changing natural canvas. “In the spring, the tree outside is this beautiful chartreusy green, and in the winter you can see the blue sky,” says Campanaro. “I never feel claustrophobic, stifled, or stuck inside here.”
To keep the workspace feeling bright and open, she opted for glass-topped dining tables from CB2 in place of traditional office furniture and relied heavily on the fluidity of her designs to establish a boho-beach vibe that carries into the living spaces. Eskayel-patterned pillows and rugs are strewn about, as are items from Campanaro and Chacona’s travels: tapestries from Indonesia and Belize hang on the walls; a Moroccan drum adds a worldly counterpoint to the couple’s collection of Midcentury pieces.
But in a city surrounded by rivers that always seem to fade into the background, what’s most striking is the recurrent symbolism of water throughout. Everywhere there are references to the sea, a nod to both Campanaro’s childhood in San Diego and the dominant theme in her work. “I’m super inspired by water,” she says of the driftwood and surfboards and photographs of the ocean—taken during the couple’s honeymoon—that dot the space. “There’s something so calming about it; it’s almost like a meditation.” Now, the same is true of the place she calls work and home.