Thursday, August 29, 2013

Beautiful New York City Brownstone

I. love. this. house.

I am kinda picky when it comes to homes. Sure there are many beautifully designed homes where the owners have spent thousands and thousands of dollars. But that's NOT my taste and you will not see me publish that here because I don't support materialism...

What caught my eye with this house was the clean whites mixed with mainly with wood or neutral colors. It's easy to live in and to mix up with colorful art or textiles. To me, the base design has beautiful bones.

I discovered this house from Design Sponge (GREAT design source if you aren't already following). They interviewed the owners, Fitzhugh Karol and Lyndsay Caleo, and honestly I can't say it better than the interviewer about how their house came together. Below each photo I will copy and paste what the owners shared with Design Sponge...

"photo above: We discovered the structural beams during demolition. Fitzhugh made the white, wood sculpture above the fireplace, the built-in bookcases, coffee table as well as the bar stools. Lyndsay found the Indian daybed at a salvage yard."
"photo above: The library ladder leads to one of the "guest-rooms." The large cage lights above the kitchen island were salvaged off of a freighter ship from India. Lyndsay and Fitzhugh made the dining table together from a fallen beech tree. The bookshelves house various collections which are constantly growing and being rearranged."
"photo above: Another angle of the dining table. The turned wood mirror was made by Lyndsay's father. The large ceramic form is by Toshiko Takaezu, for whom Fitzhugh was apprentice."
"photo above: Lyndsay searched ebay for weeks for a barn door to lead into the bathroom, and ended up finding one in the sheep run of Fitzhugh's family's farm in NH. After giving it some major TLC it found a new purpose."
"photo above: Natural light floods the bathroom through a floor to ceiling panel of sandblasted glass.  After looking at every bathroom light on earth, Lyndsay found 2 picture lights that were perfect."
"photo above: We put a 9 foot extension on the garden and parlor floor and relocated the kitchen to the back of the house. The wall of double hung windows was sourced from a storefront window manufacturer. The vintage American Standard farm sink came from Northampton MA via Ebay. Fitzhugh made the Sapele island countertop with a slit for kitchen knives - an idea that Lyndsay got from a photograph of Terence Conran's kitchen. Olive the Norfolk Terrier is not usually allowed on the counter."
"photo above: We were lucky to have our property lined with trees including Magnolia, Dogwood and a huge Cherry tree. The reclaimed shelving came from a mill in Canandaigua, NY."
"photo above: Lyndsay originally had her studio on the garden level, but soon outgrew the space. We turned the parlor floor coat closet into the stairway and added a bathroom, a guest bedroom, storage, personal workspaces and a family room on the garden level.  Fitzhugh made the Sapele stair treads.  Above is a reclaimed beam that Fitzhugh sculpted into a Christmas present for Lyndsay."
"photo above: In the foyer is Lyndsay's carved wood and concrete table.  The leather chairs are from American Leather. The opening to the right of the front door is where the parlor coat closet used to be and is now the stairway to the garden level. The floorboards were painted with a hard wearing floor paint."
"photo above: Fitzhugh carved the four poster bed from a Beech tree.  The tall carved mirror is from the Wendell Castle Collection.  The fireplace is original."
"photo above: Lyndsay got inspiration for the new guest-room from the inside of a ship's cabin. Fitzhugh made the built-in storage beneath the bed and the small side table. The new full guest bathroom is in the background. For bathroom fixtures, great deals can be found on floor models."
"photo above: The windows look out to the back garden. We made the couch platform from reclaimed brownstone beams and twin mattresses to accommodate for more guests. Linen mattress covers can be removed and cleaned easily. The "Cloud" chair is from the Wendell Castle Collection. The wood sculptures and tables were made by Fitzhugh. Olive strikes a pose."

*Discovered on Design Sponge

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