urban glamour #50

One couple have brought a handsome and once downtrodden Brooklyn brownstone back to life and created a family home to last for generations to come..

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A late Victorian brownstone in Brooklyn with a small back garden. On the ground floor is a large kitchen-diner which flows in to the sitting room. The lower-ground floor has a bedroom, bathroom and TV room. The first floor comprises the master suite with a dressing room and office. There are two bedrooms and a bathroom on the top floor.

Built in 1890 for dockworkers, the 2,500 square foot property’s greatest draw was its size. However, there was a great deal to do. The interior was a time warp of textured wallpapers, frosted doors and Marmite-brown panelling – think The Godfather meets Goodfellas – shoehorned into a topsy-turvy layout for two families.

Owners Lindsey and Mike (who co-run a residential design and development company) turned to architectural duo Brian Papa and Lauren Maccuaig, of Frances Mildred, to remodel the space. For the interiors, they enlisted the equally empathetic designers Sheena Murphy and Tor Sauder, of NY- and UK-based firm Nune.


Lindsey shares the house with Mike (and two usually energetic dogs), but she designed the interior so that it can eventually be rented out to a family.

On the ground floor, widening the opening between the hall and the living room brought light to the latter, where a creamy marble fireplace was unearthed behind decades of gloss. From here, chic black stairs lead to the lower-ground.

Original features, such as the stair rail, cornicing and shutters, have been revived and cast-iron radiators were made to match the previous models.

Get the look The rug is by West Elm. The black door paint is by Benjamin Moore & Co.

living room

Working closely with Sheena and Tor of Nune interior design, Lindsey and Mike peeled back decades of gloss and textured wallpaper to uncover the original architecture, now offset by a bold, monochrome palette, which sets the urbane tone of this home.

Dark paint colours and sliding doors were jettisoned to create the light-filled ground floor.

Get the look The vintage pendant light is from Morentz. The coffee table was made bespoke by Year of None. These are mid-century chairs by Milo Baughman, reupholstered in Rebecca Atwood’s Shibori linen. This is the Haynes mirror by Egg Collective.


High-street carcasses are masked by bespoke cabinetry and a calming paint palette, which amplifies the sense of light in this space. Reinventing the house meant un-muddling the floor plan, which had been divided in to bedsits, to create this kitchen at the back, which flows through an open-plan dining area to the living room at the front.

Get the look The Arc Globe pendant lights are by Allied Maker.

Underfoot, Lindsey chose the new matt oak flooring for its ‘raw, authentic feel’, while grim Seventies gloss paint was replaced by a palette of luminous greys and whites on the walls.

Dining arEa

Lindsey preserved the 19th-century bones of the house while creating modern, functional spaces.

Get the look The dining table is by Room & Board. These chairs are by &tradition. This is the Dot Line wall light by Lambert & Fils. The Dune candelabra is by Vonnegut/Kraft.

Master BedrooM

This pared-back space leads to a dressing room and an en-suite bathroom.

Get the look This is the Modernica pendant light by George Nelson. The rug was made bespoke by Studio Four NYC. The bedside table is by Room & Board.

Master en suite

The bath was positioned next to the shower for practicality and views of the garden.

Get the look The floor tiles are by Home Depot.

See Lindsey’s work at brancaand.co. See more from Sheena and Tor at nunenune.com

Photography / Matthew Williams

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