Family Funs Up Magnificent Bed Stuy Brownstone With a Speakeasy in Its Past

Photo by Sasha Israel for Design Sponge

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    Jodie Patterson and Joe Ghartey moved into one of Bed Stuy’s most impressive brownstones with their four kids three years ago, injecting their style into the home’s historic interior. But the basement? They’ll never change it.

    Brooklyn Interior Design Brownstone Speakeasy Jodie Patterson

    The home came with a cornucopia of original detail — gorgeous dark wood moldings and paneling, stained glass windows, chandeliers, and fireplaces. But the family’s personal style has a more playful, modern edge and was recently featured on Design Sponge.

    The owners carefully preserved and polished every inch of the Renaissance Revival house, designed by architect Jeremiah McAuliffe in 1891 — but the lively interior is anything but gloomy.

    Colorful upholstery and contemporary art enliven the space, offering a counterpoint to the more traditional elements. A number of small art groupings and wall collages are scattered throughout the home, catching the eye and providing a constant source of inspiration for Jodie, founder of beauty companies DooBop and Georgia.

    But the coolest part? The basement holds the remains of a prohibition-era speakeasy that once operated out of the home. A bright pink buzzer box was used to give entry to the lower door.

    Brooklyn Interior Design Brownstone Speakeasy Jodie Patterson

    The speakeasy buzzer box

    Brooklyn Interior Design Brownstone Speakeasy Jodie Patterson

    It might look like a storage room, but the basement once housed raucous illicit parties

    Brooklyn Interior Design Brownstone Speakeasy Jodie Patterson

    The living room boasts a pier mirror and a whimsical screen

    Brooklyn Interior Design Brownstone Speakeasy Jodie Patterson

    Colorful fabrics add vibrancy to the space. The sofa is from Ikea; the kids helped enhance the upholstery with spray paint.

    Brooklyn Interior Design Brownstone Speakeasy Jodie Patterson

    The home’s rear parlor still has the original painted ceiling

    Brooklyn Interior Design Brownstone Speakeasy Jodie Patterson

    Brooklyn Interior Design Brownstone Speakeasy Jodie Patterson

    A kitchen was created on the parlor floor by introducing a marble counter with stove and sink in the center, leaving the room’s original built-ins and fireplace intact

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    Brooklyn Interior Design Brownstone Speakeasy Jodie Patterson

    Brooklyn Interior Design Brownstone Speakeasy Jodie Patterson

    Brooklyn Interior Design Brownstone Speakeasy Jodie Patterson

    The master bedroom

    Brooklyn Interior Design Brownstone Speakeasy Jodie Patterson

      Brooklyn Interior Design Brownstone Speakeasy Jodie Patterson

    The tile, plasterwork, and stained glass are original, but the fixtures and layout are new

    Brooklyn Interior Design Brownstone Speakeasy Jodie Patterson

    Jodie’s home office

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    Brooklyn Interior Design Brownstone Speakeasy Jodie Patterson

    Brooklyn Interior Design Brownstone Speakeasy Jodie Patterson

    The children’s room

    Brooklyn Interior Design Brownstone Speakeasy Jodie Patterson

    Brooklyn Interior Design Brownstone Speakeasy Jodie Patterson

    [Source: Design Sponge | Photos: Sasha Israel]

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