Bold colors defining playful Brooklyn Brownstone

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In this stunning Brooklyn Brownstone project, Jessica Helgerson Interior Design was asked to furnish a recently remodeled brownstone in the Fort Greene area of Brooklyn, in Portland, Oregon. The clients were a young couple with a penchant for pop art, bright colors and fresh modern design. They asked the designers to very be bold with color and playful with the design. In the dining room the designers designed a table where the two long slabs of walnut are joined by a series of butterfly joints, lacquered in various shades of turquoise.

The chairs surrounding the table are vintage Paul McCobb, lacquered in turquoise as well. The bookshelf wall is painted in a bold geometric pattern of four shades of red. The bright color is balanced by a collection of earthy wood, ceramic and glass objects handmade by Brooklyn and Portland artists, including Laura Buchan and Michelle Quan. The black globes of the David Weeks chandelier are echoed in the pendant lights we installed in the adjacent kitchen.

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The family room, which opens up to a lovely little back garden, is comfortably furnished with a giant built-in sectional sofa upholstered in 18 vintage Peruvian blankets we collected over several months, and a custom fir coffee table of our design. A dark charcoal grey wraps the room, following the stairs on one side, and playfully angling down from the ceiling on the other. The dark paintings on the wall, are by Portland artist Heather Watkins. A sculpture by New York artist Julie Thevenot hangs over the staircase.

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The sunny master bedroom is painted in two tones, a fresh white and a deep grey that lines up with the headboard, wraps up over the ceiling and down the opposite wall. The headboard was custom designed, as was the Bertoia-inspired bench in bright turquoise. Pillows on the headboard are made from remnants of the sofa upholstery, and cut mirrors reflect the geometric terrariums that hang from the ceiling. The three thread-wrapped arrows were made by Brooklyn artists Fredericks & Mae.

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In the guest bedroom our clients asked the designers to “go crazy with color”, so they did.

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Photos: Courtesy of Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

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