Behind The Design: A Brooklyn Brownstone Goes New Traditional

POSTED BY DECORIST EDITORIAL TEAM
JANUARY 4, 2017

PROJECT DETAILS

The Project: An newly renovated Brooklyn brownstone 

The Clients: A young family of 4 moving into a new home, with an empty living room

The Designer: Melissa Schenck-Thomas, Decorist Elite designer

The Budget: $15,000


"Our goal is to retain the traditional feel without the room feeling stodgy, dark and heavy."


CLIENT'S REQUESTS:

  • Mixture of traditional and contemporary furniture
  • Maximize seating as much as possible
  • Lay out different seating areas since the room is large and long but would like the flow to be open and avoid having the space feeling cut off
  • This family has 2 little ones so everything needs to be child-friendly, with a minimum of sharp corners or edges
  • Love navy, red, orange and some green (but not for furniture)

 

BEFORE

 

FINAL CONCEPT

 

AFTER

3D renderings of design by Melissa Schenck-Thomas, Decorist Elite designer

 

MELISSA'S DESIGN NOTES

  • Center the main seating area around the wall jutting out, using a traditional rug to define the space, with a sofa to define the hallway and armchairs to keep the visual flow open
  • New traditional is about mixing in a few contemporary pieces with clean lines to keep the look fresh, like this updated version of the Sputnik chandelier
  • A leaning mirror is the perfect accent to bring the eye up and keep the room light
  • Kid-friendly and stylish options: ottoman as coffee table, a patterned rug (more friendly to spills), leather poufs

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