[note color=”#f9f9ff”]Join Interior Designer Julia Mack (at JuliaMackDesign.com) as she takes you inside an 18 ½ foot wide Victorian home in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York. Built in 1899, this Row House has beautiful proportions and scale thanks to its 9 foot high parlor floor ceilings, carved wood staircase and stained glass skylights. It feels spacious yet cozy due to clever contemporary furniture selections and a boost of intense color.[/note]
Living on three floors of this Park Slope, Brooklyn home, adjacent to Prospect Park, this Limestone home has rich period details typical of Victorians of the 1900’s. The stoop stairs lead up to the Parlor level and the bay windows add a majestic tone both inside and out.
The grand stair hall features an abundance of period details including a carved oak newel post and handrail. The chair rail, painted a soft cream color, follows the stair upward at a dynamic angle.
Looking through the modern Ghost Chair in the Living Room reveals many architectural details including a middle pass-thru library with painted floor to ceiling bookcases. The eclectic furniture mix includes an Art Deco rug, stately upholstered furniture and modern artwork.
The classic style upholstered arm chair with fresh contrasting trim sits comfortably in below a modern oil painting and adjacent to the original floor to ceiling wood frame mirror.
A warm Victorian red paint was selected for the library which is sandwiched between the front living room and back family room. With books on two sides, the floating glass top table sits on center with a glowing pendant light above.
The sundrenched kitchen on the ground floor is both spacious and functional. Clear glass insets in the upper cabinetry combine beautifully with the marble mosaic backsplash and evoke an original turn of the century kitchen.
With three original fireplaces, these working gems are surrounded by carved dark oak and colored stone mosaic tiles with inset mirrors. They are both wide and tall and add a lovely classic style to the space.
The top floor stair hall has a stained oak bannister and painted wood chair rail. The original stained glass skylight illuminates the hallway by reflecting the light down the stairs.
The soft white master bedroom is both stately and spacious. Hints of color come from the large artwork opposite the bed and the pale blue comforter. The high ceilings and bay window facing toward the street seamlessly integrate the new furnishings into this Victorian classic.
To see more of Julia’s modern updates in historic homes, go to JuliaMackDesign.com
Julia Mack’s approach to design is both functional and sophisticated at the same time. Her success can be attributed to her ability to work with her clients, building upon their programming needs and their personal style and always on the lookout for a chance to add a bit of ‘surprise and delight’ to their spaces.
Her inspiration comes from the historic homes and apartments in her Landmarked Brooklyn neighborhood. With a love of residential decorating and both an undergraduate (1985) and graduate degree (1990) in Interior Design, Julia first designed her own Landmarked Townhouse in Brooklyn. She then formed Julia Mack Design, LLC with the purpose of helping others live happily in fresh, modern and well decorated spaces.
She is currently working on designing her new Townhouse in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn and invites you to follow her progress on her video blog: http://juliamackdesign.tumblr.com/
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