“Tons of light” was tops on the wish list when interior designer Jennifer Morris and her husband went looking for a new home for themselves and their two young children. They’d been living in an apartment whose main room had just one window. “We needed and craved lightness and brightness,” said Morris, whose resumé includes a long stint at the well-known Rockwell Group and who went on her own as JMorris Design in 2009.
They found and purchased a 1,300-square-foot three-bedroom on the top floor of a circa-1900 apartment building in the heart of Park Slope, whose layout suited them perfectly.
There’s a bay-windowed living room with a skyline view at the front, two bedrooms off a long hallway, and a kitchen and dining room at the rear, along with a third bedroom that serves as a home office for Morris.
The apartment had period wood trim around doors and windows, as well as chair and picture rail, which Morris either kept in place or repurposed, though the changes to layout were few.
The biggest alteration was enlarging the entry area. The front door, in the center of the apartment, originally opened into a narrow hall. By stealing a bit of space from a closet in the bedroom behind it and reversing the closet door, Morris was able to create a more gracious, functional entry niche with a place for coats.
She also redid the bathroom with a new shower, sink and wall tiles. In the kitchen, Morris repainted the existing kitchen cabinets and replaced the backsplash, countertop and cabinet handles. She also changed out light fixtures and bought some new furniture.
Perhaps the largest single expense was skim coating all the walls. “I didn’t want new construction, but I wanted everything newly touched by me,” Morris said.
The contractor was NY Class Construction.
Among the kitchen upgrades: new backsplashes, cabinet hardware from Top Knobs and new Caesarstone counters. Previously dark cherry cabinetry was “swiped with my favorite light silvery gray,” Morris said.
Large (18-by-36-inch) porcelain tiles from Artistic Tile were a budget-friendly choice. The existing floor tiles were left in place.
The original bathroom floor tiles remained. The wall tiles were replaced with new ones from Akdo.
The existing pedestal sink was exchanged for a wall-mounted vanity. “It got us some great storage and a little extra counter space,” Morris said.
[Photos by Jacob Snavely]
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