Elizabeth Roberts is a NYC designer, who renovated a beautiful Brooklyn brownstone in Clinton Hill. I recently saw the home published, and was immediately taken back to the spirit of place, and to the wonderful years I lived in the hood. It seems Elizabeth and I share a design philosophy and approach. Her home is an exercise in simplicity and restraint. Absence of color, with the exception of that present in functional objects found in their inherent texture and pattern. The space is white and bright, with depth and contrast grounding the environment with deep chocolate oak floors. The furnishings are modern with clean lines, yet there is respect for the historic qualities and embellishment of the architecture of the built space. The fireplace surround, and beautiful millwork, such as the front entry door, are a beautiful example of how historic detail as a backdrop to modern furnishings can create a rich and eclectic environment.
“The Clinton Hill Residence is an Italianate brownstone located in Brooklyn, NY. The building was constructed in 1866. Today the 5 story building is broken into a 2-family residence – with a 2 bedroom rental unit at the garden level and a 6 bedroom single-family residence occupying the top 4 floors. Before the renovation the house was in a state of disrepair and had been converted into a 6-kitchen SRO. The only remaining historic detail was the original wood staircase, several marble mantles, parquet oak floors and some of the original plaster ceiling molding. During the renovation the house was completely transformed with 4.5 new bathrooms and 2 new kitchens in locations where bathrooms and kitchens did not previously exist. The mechanicals of the building were replaced and the house now has a high-efficiency gas boiler supplying radiator heat throughout the house”. elizabethroberts.com
Thank you Elizabeth, for this breath of fresh air.
All images courtesy of the designer’s website.