Of all the interior design challenges faced by Brooklyn homeowners, too much light and space is an unusually good problem to have. And yet, when faced with the expansive windowed living room of their new Carroll Gardens home, owners Lana and Steven Kleimen weren’t sure what to do.
“The main space was way too big to devote half to living and half to dining, or even two thirds to living and a third to dining,” explained interior designer Virginia Toledo in a recent interview with Lonny. But soon after construction wrapped on the three-bedroom home, Toldeo and fellow designer Jessica Geller were tapped to address the Kleimen’s living-room layout conundrum.
The partners behind ID 810 Design Group, Toledo and Geller soon decided to carve up the living room into three natural spaces: a cozy seating area with the TV at one end, a luxe dining table and drink cabinet in the middle, and a library lounge at the other end outfitted with classic midcentury design staples including an Eames Lounge Chair and Castiglioni Arco lamp.
The whole apartment, in fact, has a whiff of Mad Men-era design — from the Altura dining table to the custom vintage-style vanity and dresser in the master bedroom. The furniture’s rich wood tones give it warmth and that classic design vibe, while a lighter color palette of blues and bright greens injects the home with a more playful edge.
The vintage palm lamp that sits atop the lacquered bar cabinet belonged to Steven’s grandmother.
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