Monthly Archives: July 2015

July 31, 2015

“Before” Parlor Level Tour

We start construction on Monday so I wanted to post some of the “before” photos in order to track the progress!

Today I am sharing some pictures of the Parlor Floor, the main floor of the brownstone which you enter when you come up the front steps.  This will be our main living space.  The floor currently does not have a kitchen because traditionally brownstones had the kitchen on the garden level which is the ground floor.  The parlor floor consisted of just that, a front parlor and a back parlor.  The cooking and dining was done downstairs.  We will be adding a kitchen and as a result creating a more open floor plan.

Here is the front of the house. Walk up the stairs and enter through the front door…


As you enter into the foyer the main staircase is directly in front of you.  You can look straight back through the hallway to a bay window at the back of the house.


If you turn to the left you enter into the parlor which will be our living room.  The wood carved mirror is in great condition!  We will keep that but the purple walls will have to go.


Here you are standing in the parlor looking out the front window.  You can’t see it pictured here but the original wood shutters which fold out are still on the windows.

parlos front windows

Turn around towards the back of the house and there is faux wall the previous owners installed in order to create a closet.  This will come down to open up the space

parlor to kitchen

Walk straight ahead through the faux wall and you will enter the back parlor which will become our kitchen.  The double windows will be converted to doors which will lead out to a deck.


There is a wall to the right that divides this space from the very small room with the bay window.  This wall will come down and the wood pocket doors will be repurposed upstairs.

kitchen wall removed

When the wall comes down the kitchen will feel very open and we will use the bay window to create a breakfast nook.

bay widow

We will also be adding a powder room at the back of the staircase.

Happy Friday!

Cheers, Hayley

Also check out the tour of  the second level  and the garden level.


July 1, 2015

Showroom Visits in Manhattan

Last week we went with our architects, Dylan and and Javier of Rockstarchitecture, to visit some design showrooms in the city.  We wanted to get an idea for the materials and fixtures for the kitchen and bathrooms so the contractors can more accurately make bids.

First we looked at bathroom fixtures.  We will have three bathrooms in our two floor living space when we are done with the renovations.  We will have a master bath and guest bath on the second floor and a powder room on the parlor floor off the kitchen.   The options for faucets, shower heads, knobs, toilets, and sinks are endless!  Of course I was gravitating towards all the vintage looking items and Punit towards modern.  We both made compromises and I think we ended up somewhere right in the middle.  We also decided that the master bath will feel more like a zen retreat so it will be more modern and the guest bath will be more traditional. I also agreed on the wall mounted toilets because as everyone pointed out to me they make is so much easier to clean the floor. The base of toilet bowls tend to trap a lot of gross stuff.Processed with VSCOcam with m5 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

After looking at bathroom hardware and fixtures we went to look at tiles.  We got a good idea for all the tiles in the masterbath but the jury is still our on the guest bath.  For the powder room we chose some cool funky tiles for the wall behind the toilet and white subway tiles for behind the sink.  For the kitchen we will likely go with white subway tiles.

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Between showroom  appointments we stopped at a coffee shop and I browsed some shops.  It is funny how when you have interior design on the brain suddenly you find inspiration everywhere you look.  I was loving the ceiling and light pendants in the coffee shop and the ladder attached to the bookcase in the bookstore in the back of the coffee shop.Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

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Our final stop was a kitchen showroom.  We got an idea for cabinet styles and functionality.  We are thinking a mixture of walnut and grey cabinets with subway tile, carrara countertops and of course our black and brass Lacanche range.

After our day exploring design options, Dylan and Javier put together this rending of our master bathroom based on our tile selections…

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Rendering of master bathroom by Rockstarchitecture

Needless to say we are pretty psyched!

Cheers, Hayley