Details in Design

Part of a home’s beauty lies in the details of its architecture: the statuesque frame of a San Francisco painted lady; the grandiose archway above the front door of a stately New England Colonial; the exposed Alpine beams of a Swiss mountain chalet. These are all elements that tell a quiet story about you and your home that visitors will remember long after they’ve forgotten the décor of the interior.

A true challenge in design, then, is not only transforming a space in a way that’s aesthetically pleasing but doing so while still retaining its architectural charm and integrity.

We recently came across a project from the Brooklyn Home Company wherein which the company renovated a historic Park Slope brownstone and met this challenge in a creative — and colorful — way.

Take a look at some of the pictures below.

A bright yellow molded plastic Eames chair plays host to the home's dining area that also features decorative mirrors, slipcovered dining chairs all around a rectangular dining table.

The custom kitchen features a large traditional fireplace with marble surround and painted mantel, tall built-in pantry cabinets in soft black, solid wood Sapele countertop and a red rubber dipped chandelier.

Photo Credit: The Brooklyn Home Company

Here’s a great example of retention of architechtural detail in a pre-World War I penthouse in Central Park from Shelton, Mindel & Associates via Architechtiral Digest. We love the coffered ceiling details along with the millwork on the back wall and stair railing.

The living room has a diverse collection of architect-designed Modern furniture, including a 1960 painted glass dining table by Joaquim Tenreiro, side chairs from 1905 by Josef Urban and a 1910 barrel chair by Eliel Saarinen.

Photo Credit: Michael Moran via Architectural Digest
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