Ali Vanderpool and Ariana Villalta were working at a high end design firm in New York City when they decided to take the plunge and open their own residential interior design firm, The Elegant Abode, in 2011. They recently completed a revamp of a parlor floor in a Brooklyn brownstone.
The rooms were previously decorated in a very formal style with traditional fireplaces, red striped silk curtains, and a red Persian rug. The clients asked for a more relaxed and functional space where they could entertain guests and spend time together as a family — including their three girls and the family dog. The designers aimed to create elegant and sophisticated rooms that would also be practical and comfortable.
The designers updated everything, including the fireplaces, floors, millwork, lighting, window treatments and furniture. They chose a neutral palette (their signature), with accents of purple and green. Texture was incorporated in the jagged Mosaic Sentousai stone fireplace and nubby fabrics. They selected “modern, sleek and structured” furniture, including a Pucci bench and credenza from BDDW. The fireplace was designed to be the focus of the room, “without being fussy or formal.”
They moved the radiators and hid them with custom covers with brass details on each side of the mantel in the family room. The walnut bookcase in the front room was custom built. The white wood bookcases in the family room were updated and repainted. The existing crown molding was adjusted to incorporate the new millwork.
The original 9- to 12-inch-wide pine floors were restained and refinished. The designers added new molding to the front of the existing window seat, a cushion and pillows. The light fixture in the family room is by Brooklyn designer Lindsay Adelman. The Elegant Abode also painted and added new window treatments on the other floors.
This is the firm’s third Brooklyn project. Click through to the jump for more photos.
Photos by The Elegant Abode