Interiors: Brooklyn Bygones

September 28, 2012 § 4 Comments

Having been built in 1890, it’s only natural for this Brooklyn home to have a ‘parlour’ floor. A sitting room in a private residence – charming, indeed.  And, there’s that original wood closet (yes… closets looked like that back then), cleverly transformed to house the new, stainless steel stove and european-sized fridge in the kitchen.

But that’s pretty much where the ‘bygones’ end. This home is modern and sleek, balanced with pieces of vintage treasure and industrial accents. The highlight: the third floor master bedroom suite complete with a luxurious free-standing tub across from an actual wood burning fireplace. I especially love the floating shelves, built in storage cabinets and recessed wall niche – room for storage and display of the homeowners quirky collection. And have you noticed? There’s a another fireplace on that very floor… across from the bed!

Sigh… some homes have all the luck!

Interiors by Elizabeth Roberts. For more on this interior, click here.


Interiors: Wythe Hotel

June 4, 2012 § 2 Comments

Rustic industry meets hipster chic… The new Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, NY is a cool mix of both. Formerly a textile factory, this new hotel located across the East River has been painstakingly renovated to incorporate 72 rooms, a restaurant and a rooftop bar (of course… it is New York after all… rooftop whatever is mandatory).

What excites me about this (another new hotel in NY):

  • wallpaper (original to the building) has been re-hashed and you can purchase it  yourself!
  • exposed brick walls
  • cast-iron columns
  • pine beams and ceilings
  • mosaic floor tile in the restaurant… love that octagonal pattern!!
  • and my favourite… breath-taking views of the island of Manhattan

Wonder how much the cab ride into town would be? ;)

Snapshots: Splintered

April 29, 2012 § 6 Comments

By JR and Liu Bolin - street art and camouflage

Pam & Jenny - Scam, 2011

By Tomas Saraceno

Split Ship Run - designchickee

Early Morning Run - designchickee

Ever get the feeling you’re living your life in two different worlds? If you’re a Fringe fan, you’ll completely be on board with this concept. But essentially – two worlds happening simultaneously. And You may or may not make the same decisions your ‘duplicate’ would make. Far out there, right? Not that I believe the two separate worlds bit but wouldn’t it be great to ‘live’ both versions? See what happens when you make the other choice?

Interiors: Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

March 16, 2012 § 2 Comments

My love of walk-ups pulled me into this Dwell article… the red brick facade with the large, ornate cornice moulding at the very top! Probably one of the best cornices I’ve seen. But if you read this article, you’ll find that architect Jeff Sherman worked long and hard in revealing the beautiful detail in this apartment. From harrowing to heartening.

In the end, what I love most is its simplicity. The rough hewn floor boards opposite the tongue and groove ceiling. The painted pressed tin opposite the warm glow of copper sheathing.

I can see why he’s sitting out on his stoop… I think he’s rather proud. What do you think?

Roaming: The High Line in NYC

February 29, 2012 § 2 Comments

Imagine a train on its track flying through the air. Winding. Clanking. Rattling. Slinking through urban rough patches.

Now imagine the train is gone. What’s left behind is a steel track, elevated above the eastern streets of Manhattan. Just above the hustle. Outside earshot of traffic. A new, winding, pedestrian, urbane garden. Installation art mixed with lawn greens, interspersed with intimate views into, at times, extremely close, residential windows.

I can’t believe how much I loved it.

It’s The High Line and a ‘must visit’ attraction next time you visit New York City.  (All photos by designchickee)

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