The parlor floor apartment of Gauri Nanda came with ornate original moldings and marble fireplaces typical of Brooklyn’s most over-the-top brownstones. But historic details didn’t stop the designer from transforming the space to fit her modern personal taste.
In addition to painting the entire interior a glossy white, Nanda — the creator of an iconic and all-too-effective roving alarm clock — added modern lighting fixtures, minimal furniture, and a completely renovated kitchen. The mixture of old and new comes together in this surprisingly bright and open-feeling interior that is neither sterile or cliche.
The color scheme is predominantly light and neutral with touches of gold. In the main room, the furniture is sparse, with a low narrow couch and coffee table in the center. A full-height bookcase dominates one wall.
The most ornate townhouses in Brooklyn are the 1860s Italianate brownstones with their elaborate rococo-like details such as carved marble fireplaces and foliate moldings, typically hand made on site. Such details could be overwhelming but Nanda balanced them with a restrained color palette, modern art and bold light fixtures.
A pair of glass-fronted pocket doors separates the living room from the dining room and kitchen.
The height of the dining room lamp is adjustable — it has an industrial scissor neck.
Even the dining room and kitchen meld old and new.
The kitchen was completely renovated. The floor is made of brick pavers arranged in a herringbone pattern.
The guest bedroom is extremely simple.
The master bedroom has slightly darker touches that give it a warmer feel.
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