Do you ever feel like your Hudson Valley home is missing something? Maybe you just moved in or are ready to make some upgrades to the house you’ve been in for a while. That’s where Brookelane comes in.
Owned by interior designer Brooke Lane, the new shop and design space aims to serve as a hub for interior aesthetics in Kingston. The eponymous storefront tempts those who love all things home, sustainability, and art.
Lane started her interior design venture in 2019, following a creative passion inspired by her roots. When she was growing up, her mother, who is a creative herself, started her own successful interior design business.
“My mom started a firm while I was a kid [and] she was good at it. She did most things herself…re-upholstery, decorating, painting, wallpaper, valances, plaster lamps,” notes Lane.
Prior to settling in the Hudson Valley, Lane moved frequently. That experience taught her how to make a house a home through organization, décor, furniture selection, and more. Pairing those skills with the enthusiasm to inspire and help others has allowed her to create a powerful work ethic. Her mission behind design is repurposing and reusing items that are secondhand, as well as emphasizing eco-friendly spaces and circular design. She has a love for antique stores and auctions and is inspired by giving pieces a new life.
The new Brookelane space was originally meant to be a pop-up open through the fall, but Lane shared that the space is going to be more of a long-term endeavor. “One of our goals is to be a good resource for the community,” she says. And so far, that goal has been a success through the various products, services, and workshops offered. At the shop, you can purchase items for the home, such as vintage pieces, furniture, items made in-house, denim products (one of Lane’s signature aesthetics include denim, as can be seen with her patchwork denim wall), fabric by the yard (including well-curated designer fabric and remnants), and her mother’s artwork.
With different design services for any need, Lane offers design consultations, designer by the hour, and full-service design. A design consultation offers a starting point for full-scale projects, such as space evaluation, style preference, budget discussions, and assessment of needs. Designer by the hour is a customized option to align with specific design objectives. Onsite assistance can include selecting colors for walls, trim, ceilings, cabinets, and grout; choosing the finish color for hardware; selecting upholstery; arranging furniture; and more. She also offers full-service design, which is management of your entire project from initial concept to installation. Lane also offers free 20-minute interior design consultations on Fridays at her shop, which must be booked ahead online.
A favorite project Lane worked on is a kid’s play space beneath the stairs in a house basement. She wanted to create a space in the home that could be a child’s favorite place to go. Currently, she is working on a treehouse project. She has a particular interest in commercial projects because she notes that they’re spaces in which different people can interact every day. Some notable commercial projects include a hair stylist studio in New Paltz and The Red Onion restaurant’s patio in Woodstock.
Coming up, noteworthy workshops at Brookelane include furniture restoration 101, ice dying, and embroidery. Also be on the lookout for Thursday pop-ups, which include the “Soaked” exhibit on September 21, a kick-off of Rewind’s block party for mental health showcasing work by artist Riley Johndonnell. September 28 features a viewing of artwork by designer/artist Lee Danzigar. For more events, check out the Brookelane website.