Design Vidal’s Peter Hassler Breathes New Life into an Historic Bed-Stuy Brownstone
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Design Vidal’s Peter Hassler Breathes New Life into an Historic Bed-Stuy Brownstone

March 29, 2015

When owner Peter Hassler wanted to update his Bed-Stuy brownstone, the budding designer took matters into his own hands. After living there for nearly a decade, he teamed up with Design Vidal, a Los Angeles-based firm that specializes in restoring historic buildings. The partnership helped give Hassler’s Stuyvesant Avenue home–built in 1892–a much-needed renovation, while also breathing new life into its original accents.

Stuyvesant Avenue Brownstone designed by Peter Hassler and Design Videal

Stuyvesant Avenue Brownstone designed by Peter Hassler and Design Videal

To do so, Hassler stayed true to the house’s original layout, like keeping the kitchen in the back near the garden. The avid home cook installed state-of-the-art appliances, including a five-burner stove-top and convection oven, but also highlighted the room’s oldest–and perhaps most beautiful feature–the gorgeous tin ceiling.

Stuyvesant Avenue Brownstone designed by Peter Hassler and Design Videal

Stuyvesant Avenue Brownstone designed by Peter Hassler and Design Videal

There are plenty of other restored elements scattered throughout the two renovated floors. Salvaged wood joists were used to create a cozy seating nook off the kitchen and a massive built-in cabinet now doubles as a closet in the master bedroom.

Stuyvesant Avenue Brownstone designed by Peter Hassler and Design Videal

Stuyvesant Avenue Brownstone designed by Peter Hassler and Design Videal

Modern furnishings stand out, but in a way that flows with the rest of the house. Hassler used white and black to contrast the rustic woodwork and added in simple, yet unique, pieces such as a pendant lamp designed by Ingo Maurer and artwork by his partner’s art students. The result is an beautiful space that smoothly balances Victorian detail with modern whimsy.

See more from Design Vidal at their website here.

Images © Peter Hassler of Design Vidal

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