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Thursday
Jun022011

Jessica's miraculous renovation

Jessica emailed the other day with a photo of her dog for pets on furniture. Alot of the room was visible in the photo and I nearly passed out. Turns out Jessica lives in the most incredible Brooklyn brownstone I think I've ever seen. I begged her to let me blog her home - and to my relief she agreed. She sent along some info, along with before and after photos.

The home was built in 1887 and Jessica purchased it in 2007. When we purchased the house, all of the original details were intact however everything was in need of attention. Although the house had never been multi-family, there were kitchens on several floors. The façade was badly decayed. All of the mechanicals were outdated.

Work started about a year after we purchased the house and is just now nearly completed. The garden is our next project. Basically, almost everything has been “touched”. There are all new bathrooms, a new kitchen, a restored copper skylight, new mechanicals . . . In terms of new construction, we built a copper-roofed room to replace an unattractive records room that had been built in 1925 on the foundation of the demolished conservatory for the Brooklyn Public Library offices. We followed the lines of the conservatory, using the existing curved base and the original plans that we found at the DOB.  Two of the parlor parquet floors were damaged beyond repair and have been replaced. The heavily patterned parquet of the front parlor was discovered under carpet and linoleum tile and has been restored. A new curved iron stair has been added under the skylight to replace a narrow servant’s stair to the basement.

The details of this home are jaw-dropping. What I would give to have 1/8 of the spectacular architecture of this home in my own. Jessica has done an awesome job decorating her home I might add. In her own words: I want to mention that I am not "really" an interior designer. I did design and furnish this house. I am a life-long thrifter and a junk store junkie and much of my furniture was acquired this way. I have even been known to pull a few things from the neighborhood trash. My friends have been encouraging me to do this professionally. Well, YOU GO GIRL!!! (Many more photos after the jump)

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Thursday
Jun022011

Quickie 2

I warned you! More from the dark side. The Milan loft of furniture designer Rodolfo Dordoni via AT Casa. This is more me. Still undecided on the oversized humanoid sculpture (this coming from a woman with a life size Mary and Jesus statue, a 3m Papua New Guinea spirit post and a Tiwi burial pole) but the rest is perfect. Soon I too shall be welcomed home each day by a darkling den.

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Thursday
Jun022011

Quickie 1

The week is grinding on. I see the finish in sight. Just need to stop for a refreshing cuppa and what a cute place to stop. The Tabernacle Tearoom. Mark and Sally Bailey of Recycled Home and Simple Home fame. Oh and baileys home and garden at Whitecross Farm and online. Pass the teapot I need just one more before I head off to finish the week.

  

  

  

Wednesday
Jun012011

nemaworkshop

nemaworkshop is a group of architects and designers based in New York that have created many fabulously modern commercial spaces and a few residential ones. Here are 2 of them:

This first dwelling was originally 2 separate apartments. It has become the NY crash-pad for a rock star located in a landmarked building on Bond Street. The concept was to create an environment which was luxurious in materials yet informal in layout. I think it's HOT. With some personal touches and quirky artwork this would be the ultimate party palace. (And I'm loving that view - it's like art in itself!)

  

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Wednesday
Jun012011

BLACK & POOLE

Please pardon me if you find me fixated on dark hued rooms in the next few weeks. My sample pots are on their way and the painter starts in a few weeks. Excited? Maybe. No really am I excited? Maybe. Really? OK I can't wait! I'm turning to the dark side in a very big way. And this lovely home? Look at those black walls. So warm when teamed with the creams and off whites. Lovely textures, splash of colour here or there, cute window treatment ideas (stealing that simple button top roll up blind idea). Interiors by Gretchen Kubiak of BLACK & POOLE. (Photography by Jason Varney).

  

  

  

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