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Prior to affairs a two-story address in an aboriginal 20th aeon architecture and chief to achieve in Brooklyn, artisan Maureen Ursino’s audience had spent several years as expats in London. That’s area they developed an affection for British design, which can beset aggregate from Georgian townhouses to rustic country cottages to the assignment of iconic ’60s decorator David Hicks.
When the new homeowners assassin Colts Neck, N.J.-based Ursino Interiors to adapt the anachronous lower akin of the duplex, absolute the capital active space, kitchen and dining allowance (there are additionally three bedrooms upstairs), Ursino, the company’s architect and arch designer, went at it with a vengeance. “It was a complete gut renovation,” she said. “We demo’d the absolute aboriginal attic bottomward to the antecedent framing and rebuilt.”
The capital architectural claiming was an awkward structural cavalcade in the average of the space, which they finessed by abacus a additional cavalcade and a header. The consistent ample openings ascertain the active allowance on one ancillary and the kitchen on the other, acceptance an accessible breeze amid them.
The new kitchen was aggressive by Plain English and DeVol, two U.K. millworks whose artful — a luxe farmhouse attending — is accepted on both abandon of the Atlantic.
After abundant deliberation, Ursino and her audience chose Farrow & Ball’s Hardwick White for the all-encompassing kitchen cabinetry. “It’s a anemic gray that can angular balmy or cool,” Ursino said. “We capital article that would still feel all-embracing light, but not archetypal white or cream.”
Ursino adapted the floor-to-ceiling brick chase breast that bedeviled the active allowance by accoutrement best of it with new millwork panels, application some brick for actuality and coziness. A wall-spanning chiffonier of her design, with angled uppers and wire cobweb inserts, holds a ample TV awning as able-bodied as some of the aged collectibles the homeowners brought aback from their break in England.
New wide-plank oak floors, beginning acme and baseboard moldings and two anew clad columns — one absolute and structural, the added new — accord the advanced anteroom a august feel.
The active allowance is to the right, the kitchen and dining allowance (not photographed) to the left.
The adipose gray bank abreast the access aperture was sourced from Four Hands Furniture in Austin, Texas.
A continued egg-shaped mirror from CB2 with an aged bank beneath “creates a nice little moment,” the artisan said, back beheld at the end of the alley aloft entering the space.
French doors to the patio were already in place; Ursino adapted the hardware.
The custom media chiffonier is corrective Farrow & Ball’s Railings, a bendable atramentous with dejected undertones.
The redesigned alive broiler is a focal point. A warm-toned best rug picks up on the colors of the brick and the artwork over the sofa, a painting on linen by Memphis-based artisan Chelsea Fry.
The walnut spindle-back chairs and abreast coffee table came from Allowance & Board.
Ursino formed adamantine to accomplish abiding her audience had affluence of anatomic accumulator in the kitchen. She beefed it up by abacus cabinets on the advanced of the island and a alpine floor-to-ceiling abdomen to the appropriate of the stove, “which additionally has the advantage of ambuscade accouterments pipes,” she said.
The Thonet adverse stools and over-counter lanterns from Urban Electric seemed like accustomed choices for the English/Old New York vibe the brace was activity for.
Varied textures in the kitchen accommodate able nickel and aged assumption hardware, cottony quartzite counters and backsplash, and Roman shades of alloyed wood.
[Photos by Raquel Langworthy]
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