I’ve got no other posts ready for you right now, so let’s just take a look back at Jenna Lyons’s townhouse in Brooklyn which is for sale (and I think now, in contract). The darling of every blogger and hip interior design magazine a few years ago, when it was announced for sale, everyone was aghast.
It is a beautiful example of maintaining the historic bones and details of a home, while incorporating modern and natural elements, creating a very warm, chic home.
While her decor and ideas weren’t original concepts, seeing them all in one home spawned quite a few copy-cats, including me. After learning that she used Benjamin Moore chalkboard paint for the “black” walls of her bedroom (the only paint she thought had the right hue), I used the paint for a large stripe behind my flat screen TV in my living room.
The home was/is so hyped, but it’s because it’s so good: the sparse, rustic kitchen; the quirky bathroom; the bedroom converted into a closet (an idea I had long before this, but solidified my resolve to do this when I purchase my own home– sorry, Timmy, you’ll have to sleep in the laundry room from now on).
Here’s a look, with my commentary.
This is the deck off the master bedroom.
I don’t have anywhere near the wardrobe that Jenna has, but I’ve still always wanted a roomy, light-filled area in which to dress.
My ideal kitchen- simple, white, industrial. While it’s totally not functional (where are all the plates, glasses, spatulas, the FRIDGE??), for a photo shoot- it’s beautiful.
My absolute favorite part of this house, this little nook in the kitchen. Two comfy chairs to have your coffee, laze in the sun, and look out at the garden (you’ll have to send the kids to the grandparents first).
The Master Bath
Her son’s room, with a mix of vibrant stripes, chalkboard paint accent wall, and world map wall hanging.
Jenna’s bedroom, with chalkboard paint walls, balcony and ensuite bathtub.
The Living Areas
All the pre-war details have been preserved, which makes the house even more beautiful- the moldings, ceiling medallions, staircase, french windows. It’s simply gorgeous, and not overly furnished, so you actually pay attention to the pre-war details.
Not really sure what that shipping pallet is doing in the corner?!?
Here is the write up from Sothesby’s.
Now listed for $3,750,000, the spectacular North Slope townhouse, at 20’ wide with 4 stories plus a finished cellar, has been impeccably renovated. Every modern amenity has been added, while a complete restoration has preserved the integrity of the home’s original details. An open double parlor, beautiful (but not fussy) plaster cornices and medallions, aged pine floors, and 7 restored limestone mantels are just a few of the special details of this magnificent house. The casually chic home boasts 7 bedrooms, 3.5 luxuriously appointed baths, an eat-in cook’s kitchen with top of the line appliances, large private terrace off the master bedroom and a cellar that has been converted to a media room for entertaining. The ground-up renovation includes all new mechanicals, electric and plumbing, new rear façade and roof. The house has a landscaped, irrigated South facing rear garden anchored by a mature Dogwood tree. The property is currently set up as a 2-family residence with renovated garden rental apartment.
Photo credits from all around the web: her architect, Domino, Living, etc.