A little bit country: I grew up in Kentucky on a cattle farm and tobacco farm. We’ve lived here since 2002—this is our first house. It takes a village: I love living in Charles Village. We’ve met so many nice people here, and we love the sense of community. Carmen and the machine: I’d describe my aesthetic as industrial and imperfect, warmed up by softer textiles. Farm out: I love agricultural tools such as threshing boards from Turkey used to separate the wheat from the chaff. Bowled over: I keep bowls filled with fruit and vegetables on the table because I really want the connection to agriculture. All mixed up: This dining room is a mixture of things from childhood with some things from the store. Table it: My husband (and business partner) Ben made the table from reclaimed pine timbers for my 31st birthday. In the mood: I definitely wanted this dining room to feel cozy and comfortable. I love gathering around a table for sharing a meal and stories. Timing is everything: I bought this clock from Massachusetts artist Richard Dunbrack as a gift for Ben when he graduated from law school. I secretly saved for three years to purchase it! Get real: I want our home to be a place where we can forgive each other, be honest, laugh, and cry. In with the old: I love making this home my own, but I also appreciate the story and history of older things. I like being a part of something someone did 100 years ago.
Trohv owner Carmen Brock shows off her passion for industrial design in the dining room of her Charles Village row home.
Issue date: April, 2013