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With its perfectly-preserved woodwork, plaster decoration, diamond-paned leaded windows, and other regal information, this stoopless turn-of-the-20th-century brick and limestone row house would healthy suitable in on any of uptown Manhattan’s toniest blocks.
“It’s a exclusive house for Park Slope,” reported Park Slope-primarily based interior designer Jennifer Morris of JMorris Style and design, who designed an all-new kitchen area and a number of new baths, then adorned the dwelling from leading to base in a suitably glamorous idiom. “The house owners genuinely lucked out obtaining this mint-affliction property. It is a single of a few linked properties — only 15 ft vast, but there’s a central staircase, so the rooms on both facet are the comprehensive width of the household.”
The property owners, who have teenage twins and a younger son, occupy all four floors. There are two entrances at ground level: a established of double doorways opening into a gracious reception room, and a onetime assistance entrance main to a very long hallway and playroom, guest bedroom, and tub. The house’s main level is the superior-ceilinged 2nd floor, correctly identified as a piano nobile (“noble floor” in Italian) rather than parlor flooring. The main bed room, a lavish new bathtub, and a sitting down room occupy the third ground, with the children’s bedrooms higher than.
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The current kitchen, in a rear extension off the formal dining space on the principal level, was the scene of the most in depth renovation. “It was the longest galley kitchen area ever,” Morris reported, “with a single little window and a good deal of dark wooden.” Preserving the existing footprint, Mark Pennell of Pennell Style and design, also dependent in Park Slope, inserted terrific expanses of window glass that radically enhanced the character of the area.
In the decorating period, Morris dialed up the glam, getting some new pieces and incorporating others her shoppers presently owned. One particular of the property owners is from Miami and provides, as Morris set it, “Miami electricity, a minor sparkle. She’s comfy with playful, iridescent, and shiny.”
Elaborate plaster reduction panels on the ceiling of the downstairs reception area were being in superb condition, as was the parquet flooring. Morris laid a new floor of marble tile in the vestibule.
Morris chose Philip Jeffries grasscloth wall masking with a little bit of sheen in the reception location, and charcoal paint for the moldings and trim.
The imposing carved fireplace was intended to impress. Morris redid an current powder area with a water-jet-lower mosaic stone floor, porcelain tile wainscoting, and a small corner sink.
Up the stairs, yet another landing spot, centered on a staircase with a curvaceous railing and constructed-in bench, sits between the dwelling home and dining home. Wallpaper from Trove with a slipping feathers motif, a console from Julian Chichester, and a glass chandelier Morris’s shoppers introduced with them from their former home furnish the house, alongside with an IKEA rug that was meant to be a short term placeholder but labored effectively more than enough to keep.
Doing work off the tasteful intact plasterwork and a darkish marble fireplace with pronounced veining, Morris conjured the dwelling place as a serene combo of powder blue and cream, with a scalloped pendant mild and couch from Mitchell Gold Bob Williams. The blue velvet armchairs with chrome legs and the present day coffee desk had been sourced from Modern day Interiors of Brooklyn, located in Midwood.
Benjamin Moore’s Mineral Ice imparts a silvery cast to the moldings, towards partitions of pure white.
The dining place is the only space in the residence exactly where the original woodwork, such as built-in cupboards, a coffered ceiling, and leaded glass pocket doors, continues to be unpainted. In other places in the home, the wood experienced been earlier painted, and Morris repainted it to freshen it up. “The dining home is a big departure,” she claimed. “We had a good deal of discussions about whether or not or not to paint the woodwork and decided to manage it.”
A spherical white desk, also from Present day Interiors of Brooklyn, “bounces gentle all around,” Morris explained. Schumacher patterned wallpaper appears chaotic as a swatch, but is “subtle when used in excess of a significant area.”
The dreamy undulating window seat underneath the amazing leaded glass windows is authentic to the household Morris experienced a custom made cushion designed.
Photograph windows changed two partitions in the wholly reimagined kitchen. Morris taken out higher cupboards alongside 1 facet of the home, putting in new painted wood cabinetry and a extended counter for casual bites. The counter tops are Caeserstone, with backsplash tile from Artistic Tile.
Morris added a satiny touch in the main bed room by portray moldings Benjamin Moore’s Veil Cream.
Adjacent to the primary bedroom, a road-facing sitting place was furnished with items Morris’s customers now owned.
The existing key bath was gutted and conceived as a glowing house incorporating a combine of shiny and matte glass tiles. The door leads to a roof terrace.
The teenage daughter’s home is “feminine, but hard and bold,” like its occupant, Morris claimed. The magenta accents on the lower portion of the partitions and carpet tiles are simple more than enough to update if her tastes alter.
Morris redesigned two top-floor baths in their entirety, making graphic tile flooring and glimmering 50 percent-partitions with tiles from Nemo. The utility-model double sink was sourced from Kohler.
[Photos by Jacob Snavely]
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