Russ & Robin
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
750 sq. ft. 2 bedroom, 1940 condo
When we closed on this apartment we knew we wanted to do a modern, yet warm renovation. It had the generic feel of so many New York apartments with its high-gloss wood floor, 50 layers of paint (cream being the top) and the single $5.99 standard overhead light fixture. Fine for some people, not quite enough for us. Robin and I had a small collection of warm, organic-shaped furniture pieces which would serve as a contrast to our planned dark floors and white walls. More after the jump.
LIVING ROOM BEFORE
This pic shows that the apartment was in pretty decent shape when we moved in, just not quite our style. You can see that the apartment has great light.
LIVING ROOM DURING
The transformation from light floors to dark is pretty dramatic and without a rug could feel cold. Thank goodness for our rug.
LIVING ROOM AFTER
As you can see, a nice light shag rug and warm furniture can warm up the dark floor. We love the look of the dark floor but it requires too much sweeping and swiffering.
The kitchen was closed off a bit so we opened it. It also had some old appliances and Home Depot-style cabinets which we weren’t excited about so that all came out.
We went with the white melamine Ikea cabinets, the 24″ stainless steel Summit refrigerator and soapstone countertops. The countertops are perhaps our favorite thing about the apartment.
The classic generic ceramic tile and junk fixtures had to go.
We went with a nice slate floor and classic subway tile. Simple, clean and beautiful.
White boxes with shiny floors. No thanks.
Again, the idea was to warm it up with stuff. We have different collections and figured they would look good on the walls. Clean lines and nice colors dominate.