A Gilded-Age Town House Gets A Millennial Makeover


modern living room yellow accents...

The formal side of the parlor of a Park Slope town house is infused with gold hues through a brass chandelier by Lou Blass from the Ad Lib Gallery, Gold Tears by Damien Hirst and vintage bronze-trimmed onyx coffee tables. Marcia Levine of The Workroom fabricated the ombre draperies with linen from Zak + Fox. The 1960s armchairs are Italian. BBI Inc. renovated the parlor and woodwork throughout, including installing the herringbone flooring.

modern white kitchen cabinetry

Interior designer Steffani Aarons repainted the existing cabinetry and replaced the hardware in the garden-level kitchen, which houses a range by La Cornue. She also directed contractors with the Ari Group to lighten the formerly dark hardwood floors.

modern neutral family room chandelier...

In the family room, a Roll & Hill chandelier from The Future Perfect hangs over an oak-beam coffee table by Marlieke Van Rossum from Avenue Road. The Tuulla armchair is from Suite NY, and the John Huggins cow print is from the Sears Peyton Gallery. Doors lead to the enclosed garden, where landscape designer Barbara Rathborne of Teezle and Twig layered planting beds placed high above to allow more space for a pergola-covered dining area, an outdoor kitchen and ample seating.

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The lounge side of the parlor expresses the wife's edgy style. A Carrara marble coffee table by Claesson Koivisto Rune from Siglo Moderno in Los Angeles anchors the space under a sculptural chandelier by Bec Brittain; blue velvet sofas by C. Colombo, also from Siglo Moderno, flank the Atra chair by Luteca.

modern bedroom neutral white lounge...

Aarons says she wanted the master bedroom to feel "warm, soft and sensual--almost dreamy." The walls are lined in suede to match the upholstered Frou Frou bed by Promemoria. The Italian 1960s glass-tube chandelier is from Showplace Antique and Design Center; the chaise is Milo Baughman.

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HQR Inc. lined the master bathroom in varieties of Calacatta Borghini marble tile from Ann Sacks and crowned the space with Tony Duquette's Dandelion ceiling light from Remains Lighting. The tub and sinks are by Waterworks, and the sconces are by The Urban Electric Co.

She was a beauty in her day, but more than a century later, even the faithfully restored town house–one of Park Slope’s grandest–wasn’t going to be enough for a millennial couple looking for a modern edge.

But both husband and wife fell in love with the Brooklyn property nonetheless, seeing great possibility despite its outdated layout and architecture.

“There’s something about the sheer width of it, and the size–and the staircase!” the wife says, noting the elliptical stairs that coil through the home’s four levels, illuminated by a large skylight. “We knew it was a gem.”

They enlisted architect David Howell and designer Steffani Aarons of DHD Architecture + Interior Design to open up the all-important parlor floor, smooth out the fussy details, and paint everything white–a striking contrast to the newly black stairs lined in luxe silk velvet. The approach set the tone for drama that extends through the house–especially in the original oval dining room, whose brown wood trim and yellow walls were banished to history.

“It’s very moody and rock ‘n’ roll,” Aarons says. “We were going for dark and smoky–and black iguanas on the wall!”