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October 1, 2015
New York's most populous borough is host to some of the most inventive homes in the city—peep inside these renovations to see how dwellers have transformed these spaces into their own.
Beneath the windows in the living room and the bedroom is the clever built-in radiator screen/storage system designed by Joshua Pulver and Mike. The bedroom dresser is vintage Russel Wright.

When graphic designers Jeanette and Mike Abbink left behind their loft in San Francisco—with collected ephemera, a voluminous library, and a parcel of paintings in tow—they didn’t know where they would land in the Big Apple. One renovation and one Welsh terrier later, they’re back on track in Brooklyn, in an updated 1925 apartment.

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Jessica Helgerson Brooklyn brownstone dining room Benjamin Moore red turquoise paint

Portland-based studio Jessica Helgerson Interior Design rehauled a Brooklyn brownstone with furnishings and finishes in bold colors and tactile materials. 

A quartet of red paints (Raspberry Truffle, Million Dollar Red, Vermillion, Arroyo Red), all by Benjamin Moore, make the built-in shelving in the dining area pop. The table is a custom design made of bookmatched walnut slabs joined by lacquered butterflies. The chairs are vintage Paul McCobb lacquered in turquoise (Benjamin Moore's Aruba Blue). The Ligne Roset Ruché sofa, designed by Inga Sempé, separates the living and dining spaces. The chandelier is by David Weeks Studio.

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Hicks Street Residence, Brooklyn

Ed Kopel, a Manhattan-based architect, tackled this gut renovation of a Brooklyn Heights apartment for a lawyer. The client, a bachelor when he embarked on the project, wound up married and a first-time father by the time the renovation work on the 1,250-square-foot apartment was completed in January 2013.

After leveling the sagging floors by “sistering” new joists to the existing ones, Kopel reconfigured the apartment from a cramped three-bedroom space into a more open and inviting space with just two bedrooms.

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Modern Brooklyn renovation has floor to ceiling windows in dining room to patio

At a renovated workman's cottage in Greenpoint—home to artist Jill Magis and her husband, Jonny Bauer—floor-to-ceiling windows accentuate the structure's indoor-outdoor flow and connect the first-floor dining room to a patio. The vintage Russell Woodard dining set came from the Brooklyn Flea, and the Sterling II barbecueis by Tec.

Originally appeared in History Stays Alive in This Brooklyn Home
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The Miner and Major is an experiment in communal living and fantastical form.

The Miner and a Major is an experiment in communal living and fantastical form. A New York story of creativity born from hardscrabble circumstance, the project grew out of the joint imagination of three architects with a limited budget. A warren of five sleeping units in the Greenpoint, Brooklyn, loft creates defined living spaces within a large open plan. 

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Modern Brooklyn apartment has seamless sliding door that separates the master bedroom and living room

A growing family in Park Slope downsizes their living space while expanding their collective quality of life. A seamless sliding door by CS For Doors—accented by Mockett hardware—separates the master bedroom from the living room and doubles as a backdrop for a projector.

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Perhaps Workstead’s most liberating move was to flip the position of the refrigerator from the galley wall to an adjacent space outside the kitchen proper. In one fell swoop, this strategy dramatically expanded cabinet space and added a working countertop

A few big ideas—and some careful workmanship—transform the very small kitchen of a one-bedroom Brooklyn Heights apartment into an expansive space suited to a young professional with a taste for design. To maximize space, design firm Workstead flipped the position of the refrigerator from the galley wall to an adjacent space outside the kitchen proper. In one fell swoop, this strategy dramatically expanded cabinet space and added a working countertop.

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Beneath the windows in the living room and the bedroom is the clever built-in radiator screen/storage system designed by Joshua Pulver and Mike. The bedroom dresser is vintage Russel Wright.

When graphic designers Jeanette and Mike Abbink left behind their loft in San Francisco—with collected ephemera, a voluminous library, and a parcel of paintings in tow—they didn’t know where they would land in the Big Apple. One renovation and one Welsh terrier later, they’re back on track in Brooklyn, in an updated 1925 apartment.

Photo by Dean Kaufman.

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