Aristotle’s wise words,”The whole is better than the sum of its parts,” are certainly true in the case of this beautifully designed Vinegar Hill home. With owners who were used to a large, sprawling Victorian in equally sprawling Los Angeles, combining two apartments in a bland developer-style building in Brooklyn proved to offer the perfect replacement, given the right amount of ingenuity.
Designer Sarah Zames of General Assembly Design took advantage of the natural division the two apartments afforded to move the overall space in two different directions–functional vs. entertaining–with the existing public hallway acting–quite literally–as the bridging element.
The result: a masterful blend of raw and industrial materials on one side with more texture and color on the other. Throughout the home Zames incorporated concrete wall and ceiling details, reclaimed wood floors, marble slabs in the shower and kitchen and plenty of custom walnut millwork. By juxtaposing raw wood and custom cabinetry with dark paint colors and wallpapered walls, she created an overall space that is as modern and dynamic as it is warm and inviting while adhering to the owners’ desire to use as many natural materials as possible.
A curious side note to the project revolves around the selection of a copper BlueStar range the owners picked out for the kitchen. This choice of cooking apparatus actually turned out to be the conversation-starter for many of the materials and colors used and the inspiration for the final design, which ultimately turned into a wonderful reflection of the owners’ personality and aesthetic.
This is one Vinegar Hill residence that could never be sour. For more pictures of Zames’ “sweet” design, visit our gallery below, and to see more of General Assembly Design’s handiwork, click here.
Photos courtesy of General Assembly Design.
Neighborhoods : Vinegar Hill