Talking with Ambriel Floyd Bostic about Cobble Hill, Designing Dreams, and Soaking Tubs

Ambriel Floyd Bostic

Fabric designer Ambriel Floyd Bostic and her husband Hawes Bostic, a partner at Magnitude Capital, live in a gorgeous Cobble Hill townhouse full of light and color, with their four-year-old daughter Haddie and six-month-old son Bo. After inviting us into her home, Ambriel answered our Proust-inspired questionnaire.

How long have you lived at your current residence?
We’ve been here three-and-a-half years, but bought our place more than a year before moving in.

What do you love most about your home?
The light.

If you could change one thing about your home, what would it be?
I’d add a big soaking tub for me.
What’s the first thing other people notice when they visit?
People usually comment on the light in the rooms and the colors we’ve used to decorate.
How would you define your design philosophy?
Find things you love for the rooms you live in. Invite some earthiness in. Don’t be predictable. Play with color. Choose well. Make a room feel welcoming.
What is your most treasured possession?
Tough question, but I particularly love things our friends have made—pottery, paintings, photographs. My daughter’s drawings make me happy. And I love choosing a handmade plate or bowl—either from the pottery collection my parents’ friend made when I was little or from one of the pieces Shino has made for us—for my breakfast. It’s just a nice way to start the day.
What is your favorite thing to do in your home?
I like those quiet moments when the house is clean and there isn’t a to-do list and I can just enjoy my family. And cooking for the family when we’ve got time to enjoy it.
What’s your favorite spot in the house?
Oh, this changes according to my mood, but I do love sitting in our living room with a good cup of coffee.
What makes a house a home?
Life and all that goes with it. Good smells coming from the kitchen. Art on the walls. Laughter. Some plants. And things you think are beautiful.
What do you love most about your neighborhood?
It’s pretty great to have such a kid-friendly neighborhood now that we have two of our own. And I like the tree-lined streets.
If you could change one thing about your neighborhood, what would it be?
I’d bring a few more of my friends in.

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