A Historic Brooklyn Brownstone Receives a Modern Update

A Historic Brooklyn Brownstone Receives a Modern Update

  • Jordan Hoch
  • 05/9/23

A Historic Brooklyn Brownstone Receives a Modern Update

Young couple Lauren and Will—in their mid-30s—have been living in New York City for almost a decade. A few months ago, following the birth of their first child, they decided to move from their apartment in search of more space. It took them eight months to find this 1901 brownstone in South Slope, Brooklyn. They immediately fell in love with the original features, including the stained-glass windows, but they also needed to make some changes. They decided to start a renovation with the help of Appel Architecture, who recommended Crystal Sinclair Designs for the interior spaces.

With her team, Sinclair answered her client’s wishes to move away from a neutral look in favor of something a bit bolder. She created depth through the use of inviting and audacious colors throughout. For example, the dark entrance leads to the living room, which is much brighter and offers an invitation to slow down next to the fireplace, surrounded by curved furnishings. The kitchen features blue and green tones while the bathroom is adorned with a blue and lilac marble. Velvet and tile accents add texture, contributing to the cozy and sensual atmosphere, which feels like a warm hug.

The narrow footprint of the townhouse—similar to most brownstones—pushed Sinclair to be more creative in finding the best ways to optimize every inch, such as the metal/glass partition wall that smartly divides and connects the primary bedroom and the bathroom at the same time.

In the main living space, the vintage floor lamp was the starting point to source the rest of the midcentury-inspired pieces. Several artworks complement the fresh interiors characterized by an organic and modern design, which perfectly corresponds to the inhabitants.

“We strove to create a family-friendly space that begs you to come in and sit a while,” says Sinclair. “You feel at home right away as you enter.

in the entrance to this brooklyn brownstone a blue accent wall boasts a large artwork hanging above a bench

In the entrance, the bench is from Chairish and artwork by Kenneth Nguyen.

a living room in a brooklyn brownstone with a white sofa, yellow sofa, and a cozy rug underneath both

The living room features a white sofa by Crate & Barrel, yellow sofa by Interior Define, rug by Crystal Sinclair Designs, pendant light fixture from Chairish, vintage floor lamp, rounded artwork by Natural Curiosities, and blue artwork Liza Giles.
a yellow sofa below a blue and white abstract artwork in a renovated Brooklyn brownstone
In this home, interior designer Crystal Sinclair combined bright colors and many textures to create a warm atmosphere.
a contemporary Brooklyn home's bedroom with green linens and large windows
The main bedroom features a custom bed, Artemide lighting, artwork from Saatchi Art, rug and bedding from Etsy, and chair by Maiden Home.
a bathroom with blue vertical tiles and a white marbled countertop
In the bathroom too, blue prevails.

a living room of a Brooklyn home with a stately fireplace and abstract artwork

This project mixes mid-century modernism and the spirit of Brooklyn houses from the 1900s.

Work With Us

Our passionate, expert agents have decades of collective experience and come from a diverse array of professional and cultural backgrounds. We understand every real estate decision is as individual as it is important. No matter who you are or what your goals are, The Stanton Hoch Team is here for you.

Follow Us