Meet Elizabeth Brown, CEO of Viyet
We're clearly advocates of making your home a cool and restorative place that is reflective of who you are, so as you can imagine, we were thrilled to speak with Elizabeth Brown the founder of interior design marketplace Viyet. We sat down to chat with her about her relationship with home, decor, entrepreneurship, "balancing motherhood"... we even got a sneak peak into her gorgeous NYC home.
Why did you start your furniture company, Viyet?
We started Viyet to solve a problem we struggled with every time we need to move or redecorate – what to do with beautiful, quality furniture when it’s time to move on? At the time, the only options were to give these pieces away, overpay for storage, or receive pennies on the dollar for the hassle of selling on sites like Craigslist or Ebay that require you to do all the legwork. We realized there was a real opportunity to help sellers connect seamlessly with buyers online, and the concept of Viyet was born. Since then our focus has stayed true to curating the best of the higher-end market for furniture and home décor by creating the online destination for antiques, vintage, and contemporary items, all at accessible prices and ready to ship.
Given that you have access to the coolest furniture I can’t help wonder what your decor style is and what is your favorite piece?
During my first few years in the design industry, it was hard to resist every new trend that came along given there are always exciting new collections being launched and fresh thinking from up-and-coming designers. While I still appreciate new ideas, my taste has matured a bit and I am more attracted to classic pieces that are less likely to date, like this Barbara Barry for Baker dressing table that I love today just as much as when I purchased it 5+ years ago.
What is your biggest vice? Be honest.
Sleep. I could easily sleep 12 hours straight every night and will take advantage of any opportunity for a nap. Unfortunately, those are far and few between these days.
Motherhood can be challenging, especially in the beginning. If you could have one day to yourself what would you do with it?
Sleep as late as I possibly can without an alarm or baby monitor to wake me up. Then I’d drink several cups of coffee while watching the Today Show in my pajamas, followed by a massage at Great Jones Spa. Then I would do some shopping and maybe visit the Met – I always love exploring the decorative arts galleries. I’d end the day with pasta and a glass of Nebbiolo at Rosemary’s in the West Village.
Has being a mother changed your relationship with decor?
I had aspirations that Theo would only play with beautiful, handmade wooden toys that would be neatly stored out of sight when not in use. Obviously that went out the door as soon as we brought him home. Our living room is now dominated by a rubber playmat the size of an area rug and a bouncer bigger than our coffee table. Surprisingly, I don’t mind it as much as I thought I would. As I had heard from every other parent, you learn to be comfortable with things being less than perfect.
How much sleep are you getting a night right now?
Theo is on a 7pm to 7am sleep schedule now, so I am very grateful to be getting close to 9 hours a night. Hallelujah!
What do you wear to bed? What do you love/hate about it?
I’m back to my pre-pregnancy pajamas, which is a relief even though they are looking a bit worse for wear. Definitely time for an upgrade!
If you were to choose three pieces of Lunya to upgrade your sleepwear, which would you choose and why?
Pima Long Cardigan - our apartment always seems to be freezing in the morning, so I always reach for a cozy sweater to put on over my PJs before I get Theo’s morning bottle ready. I am sure this would become my new go-to.
Pima Sleep Pant - I love a good comfortable pant for hanging out at home. This would do the trick.
Washable Silk Set - I am always looking for lightweight, easily packable pieces for travel. This would fit perfectly into my carry on for overnight business trips.
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Interior by Margaret Ash Design