Product Designer Blends Historic Detail and Modern Furnishings in Carroll Gardens

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.

Brooklyn Interior Design Gauri Nanda Carroll Gardens Home

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.

Brooklyn Interior Design Gauri Nanda Carroll Gardens Home

Brooklyn Interior Design Gauri Nanda Carroll Gardens Home

A pair of glass-fronted pocket doors separates the living room from the dining room and kitchen.

Brooklyn Interior Design Gauri Nanda Carroll Gardens Home

The height of the dining room lamp is adjustable — it has an industrial scissor neck.

Brooklyn Interior Design Gauri Nanda Carroll Gardens Home

Even the dining room and kitchen meld old and new.

Brooklyn Interior Design Gauri Nanda Carroll Gardens Home

The kitchen was completely renovated. The floor is made of brick pavers arranged in a herringbone pattern.

Brooklyn Interior Design Gauri Nanda Carroll Gardens Home

The guest bedroom is extremely simple.

Brooklyn Interior Design Gauri Nanda Carroll Gardens Home

The master bedroom has slightly darker touches that give it a warmer feel.

Brooklyn Interior Design Gauri Nanda Carroll Gardens Home

[Source: Design Sponge | Photos: Sasha Israel]

 

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