Slideshow: Brooklyn Blogger’s Brownstone

"I became obsessed with painting the foyer, hallways and kitchen, which are all heavy with this amazing cake moulding in a rich, gorgeous off-black. It added a lot of drama and modernized the space while still keeping it classic," said The Brooklyn Home Company's Lyndsay Caleo. 


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The cross-country collaboration between the designers and their clients resulted in a richly colorful and dynamic 21st-century take on the 3,500-square-foot 19th-century brownstone—with contemporary floor-plan adjustments, custom Sapele woodwork and a sprinkling of Santa Monica style. The Winslows “had that California vibe,” explains Fitzhugh Karol of The Brooklyn Home Company. “We wanted to go with that.” Here, The Brooklyn Home Company salvaged and restored original flooring for a dressing room that separates the master bedroom and the master bath. Walls shine in Benjamin Moore's Royal Flush.

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"The house is full of amazing original details," said Caleo, "and we wanted to emphasize all the beauty of those details but update them.

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After highlighting the brownstone's historic architecture, the design duo paid tribute to their clients' individuality as a young, stylish family. "We took an antique chandelier and dunked it in red rubber," says Caleo. "We had some offbeat ideas but they were great with letting us really go for it."  Here, the brownstone's kitchen, which features the original fireplace redone in Carrera marble.  The chandelier dipped in red rubber is reflected in the mirror. 

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The brownstone's parlor room was wallpapered and painted a soft gray. Thanks to Matt Winslow's musical background, the Winslows had "all kinds of prints and music-related photography. We had a lot of things to work with that we knew were mainstays," including the architectural details of the townhouse, many shared by its neighbors in the historic Park Slope district. 

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From roof cornice to stoop, the house is a testament to the family-run Brooklyn Home Company's core mission-to create rooms with a sense of "escape." Using eco-friendly materials, nontraditional treatments and pieces with a handmade component, Karol and Caleo and their team of local Brooklyn artists and builders work to create spaces where, says Karol, "you feel you can exhale when you walk in." Here, a pop of red brightens a guest room.

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The Winslows found their Greek revival townhouse on Park Slope's historic Lincoln Place well before making the move east with son Cash, now two and a half. "They were still living in California during the renovation," says Caleo, "so they had to trust us a lot."  Here, a playroom for the cross-country toddler.

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