The Insider: New Decor Freshens Prospect Lefferts Gardens Row Home for Younger Couple
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A pair of newlyweds contacted Cobble Hill-based inside designer Julia Mack after perusing her on-line portfolio and liking what they noticed. The couple had simply bought a three-story, barrel-front historic district row home, constructed circa 1909 and already properly renovated by a developer. They owned little greater than a settee and had been completely happy to let Mack, a seasoned design skilled with dozens of native initiatives to her credit score, cleared the path.
Mack’s abiding objective, in her personal phrases, is to carry a viewpoint that’s “contemporary, eclectic, distinctive” to every challenge. “They had been in want of a superb idea for every of three areas on parlor flooring,” she mentioned. “It dawned on me to maintain the entrance front room and again kitchen mild and shiny, and sandwich a moody eating house,” with its abundance of early twentieth century element, between them. “I’m not large on excessive drama however this was irresistible.”
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The inside was already painted white general, together with the once-dark carved woodwork, which offered a prepared clean canvas for the concepts Mack offered on Pinterest. She shopped, primarily on-line, for wall coverings, window therapies and furnishings, each classic and new, in search of “items that proportionally match and stylistically held collectively. It meant rather a lot to me to make the house really feel true to the Arts and Crafts nature of the home and create a light-filled, visually attention-grabbing, livable residence” for the younger couple.
Among the many home’s attributes: unique entry doorways, oak flooring and a tiled flooring within the vestibule, whose inexperienced tones recommended a path for the rooms inside.
“Fun and lively” were the watchwords for the decor of the front parlor/living room.
The classic white sofa came along with the homeowners. Other furnishings were purchased anew, including a burled wood media console from Crate and Barrel and a chestnut leather and chrome chaise and 1920s Chinese Art Deco rug, both from Chairish.
The abstract oil is an original by John Dowling, a contemporary Irish painter.
The house’s central staircase runs alongside what is now the dining room.
“It was clear to me that if we were going to have light room-dark room-light room, ” said Mack, the central dining space “had to be a saturated color, including the ceiling.”
The upstairs rooms are works in progress, as is the basement level, used as a TV lounge with a home office.
Mack chose Cole & Son’s Silvan Forest wallpaper, a lush botanical, to “break with what we had going on in front and back” and work with the rich existing detail, which included a tiled fireplace, paneled wainscoting and stained glass pocket doors, as well as four hand-forged brass candle sconces original to the house
A pale wood dining table and chairs with distinctive shapes are light looking and informal by contrast.
The bright kitchen at the rear (part of which was the house’s original dining room) benefits from a coffered ceiling, more built-in glass-front cases and a spectacular pier mirror.
Furnishings include chairs designed by Eames and Breuer and what Mack called a “workhorse” Parsons table from the 1970s, underlaid with a graphic patterned rug.
A hanging fixture purchased online from Lumens and 2-inch brushed stainless metal blinds from The Shade Store let sun in by day and provide a warm sheen by night.
Framed art propped along the chair rail and lots of green plants keep the feeling casual.
The sleek white kitchen cabinetry and marble countertop and backsplash are the results of a recent renovation, prior to the couple’s purchase of the house.
[Photos by Ward Roberts]
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