“We had been by no means meant to reside right here,” Chelsea Redick says, sinking right into a curved settee coated in cream Pierre Frey linen within the Dumbo duplex. Her and her husband JJ, veteran NBA All-Big name, new New Orleans Pelican and every so often podcaster. host: Stocks along with her sons Knox, 5, and Kai, 3. Because the couple met right through JJ’s rookie 12 months with the Orlando Magic in 2006, they have got resided in 14 apartments in six towns. Recall to mind it like a high-stakes recreation of musical chairs the place you observe the basketball to the most productive contract.
So in 2015, when the Redicks to start with started on the lookout for residences in New York Town, they had been having a look just for a pied-à-terre, a spot to relaxation their heads within the low season. JJ was once enjoying for the Los Angeles Clippers on the time, having no thought the place he would land subsequent. That they had not too long ago welcomed their first kid and sought after to be nearer to their households at the East Coast. All through a sequence of journeys to New York for street video games and All-Big name weekend, they hit the sidewalks traveling houses in midtown Big apple and Brooklyn. “For some explanation why, we preferred Dumbo,” says JJ, seated in a mid-century Marco Zanuso chair, his informal denims and T-shirt revealing a tattooed sleeve that contrasts refreshingly together with his fashionable setting. “We preferred the grit and backstory of the warehouse.” They put a warehouse in an attic in a 1913 manufacturing unit with teach tracks working in the course of the foyer. It was once nonetheless within the technique of being transformed to residential, in order that they jumped out at you with out being noticed.
A 12 months and a part handed, that they had a 2d kid, and the rental was once nonetheless no longer in a position. In the meantime, Chelsea’s dual sister and her husband had been now dwelling in Dumbo with a child at the manner. Chelsea sought after to be nearer to them. The Redicks determined to hire a spot in the community, enrolled her oldest kid in preschool, and he or she started settling in whilst JJ wrapped up the season in Los Angeles.
Her penthouse was once nonetheless a building zone, however Chelsea stopped by means of the janitor’s table to pick out up programs. Quickly sufficient, she had charmed some of the doormen into sneaking her into her unit. (She and JJ had by no means noticed it but.) In one thing instantly out of a detective playbook, they tiptoed in after 11 p.m., their iPhone flashlights guiding the way in which. “The instant I walked in, I believed, ‘It is too small for us,’” she recollects. “So I made him sneak into this one.” No longer handiest was once it extra spacious, but it surely boasted an epic 2,600 sq. foot terrace. “I walked round and referred to as JJ and stated, ‘We need to name the following day and alter it.'”
His pied-à-terre was once starting to glance extra like a full-time place of dwelling. Which intended that the unique finishes he got here with may additionally want a reconsider. The couple referred to as decorator Michael Aiduss, to whom that they had been offered thru his brother-in-law, to advertise the method. “Probably the most first issues Chelsea stated to me was once, ‘I would like to reside in a Ecu rental,’” says the dressmaker from his workplace in Montclair, New Jersey. A good sufficient request, save for the truth that her business Brooklyn loft could not had been farther from a Parisian duplex, geographically or philosophically. “It was once an overly cautious enhancing technique of designing the areas to look extra formal of their architectural group, whilst additionally working out that there are two massive partitions of glass home windows that wouldn’t have existed in a vintage rental,” he continues. —Jane Keltner de Valle