The Love Shack: A "Magickal" Dollhouse

Written by: Felix Vargas

Nestled between the conglomerates of what we know to be the concrete lofts or rather tiny Brooklyn apartment towers, lies a tiny gem that is easily overlooked. The Love Shack on Stockholm Street is filled with just that; love - and upon entering, you feel it’s wrath. The beautiful collage of vintage mirrors upon its walls accented with the blinged out central crystal chandelier make this home away from home the ideal place to host any celebration (or to spend an intimate weekend at). In our case, we were celebrating the Big 2-5 of our very own, Catherine Buccello.

We caught up with the Alex and Britta, owners of The Love Shack and here is what they had to say.

HOW DID THE CONCEPT FOR THE LOVE SHACK COME ABOUT? 

"Alex originally had a concept for building a little “village” in a huge warehouse space, with little houses for each room… so the “pharmacy” could be the bathroom, the “restaurant” could be the dining room, and little residential houses could be the bedrooms. When we found this space it was perfect but not big enough, so we decided to just build two small houses inside instead. I’d always been completely enamored with rococo period furniture and fantasy spaces, so we combined our visions and this is what grew out of them!"

WHY IS IT CALLED THE LOVE SHACK?

"When Alex and I got married we changed our name to “Love”. I didn’t like the idea of taking my husband’s name but it felt weird to keep different last names so we decided to just choose a new one. “Love” was a powerful spell we cast for what we wanted to embody in our relationship and future family. So when we built the space, we started jokingly calling it the Love Shack and it just kinda stuck!"

WHAT WAS THE THOUGHT PROCESS FOR DECORATING THE INTERIOR?

"Alex did all of the design and building and I was more of the muse. So I’d say “ooh how about a whole wall of mirrors” and then we’d start finding some and he’d find the way to arrange them so beautifully and make it work. Sometimes he was the muse too, he came up with the idea of having a balcony off our bedroom which was amazing. We just love co-creating so we bounce off each other. And we’d find ourselves in thrift and antique shops or scrolling through eBay and things would just jump out at us.""

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE SPACE?

"Well the space is our home, our business and our temple. I love that our crazy dream now sustains us and also allows us to use the space for events in our own community too. We’ve already exceeded any goals we ever could’ve imagined so now really we just want to keep it going and see what new projects await us!"

HOW DO YOU MANAGE LIVING IN A SPACE YOU RENT TO THE PUBLIC?

"It’s actually a lot less weird than it might seem. The very first few times felt strange but once we realized how much people respected the space - and so enjoyed being here, joy at being able to share it with people overcame any neurosis about having strangers in our house. In any case, once people have rented the space they sort of become extended family! Of course when we come back into the space we have a ritual of cleaning and reclaiming it as our home. But it’s wonderful having so much beautiful energy from people’s marriages, showers and other celebrations in the space."

HOW IS IT LIVING IN A REAL LIFE DOLL HOUSE?

"It’s magickal ! Actually I’m grateful that we rent the space out because it stops me from taking it for granted too much. You can get used to anything after a while! But we constantly have people coming in and reacting to the space for the first time which reconnects us to just how magickal it is. We feel really blessed by how it all turned out. Just follow those dreams!"

 

- Curated Vibes Group