When a young couple commissioned Jessica Helgerson Interior Design to furnish their recently-remodeled Fort Greene townhouse, the team jumped at the opportunity. The clients–pop art enthusiasts with a fondness for modern designs and bold hues–requested vibrant colors and a playful vibe. And that’s exactly what JHID, headed up by project manager Chelsie Lee, gave them.
The focal point of the family room is a large, bright built-in sectional sofa. This couch is covered in upholstery made from 18 vintage Peruvian blankets collected by the team over a period of several months. The team also designed an accompanying custom fit coffee table. The room is wrapped in a dark charcoal grey paint that starts at an angle, covers the bookcase, and travels up the floating staircase. The look is completed with the help of dark paintings by Portland-based artist Heather Watkins, and a sculpture over the staircase by New York artist Julie Thevenot.
Upstairs, the vivid colors are softened with the use of handmade wood, ceramic and glass pieces collected from Brooklyn and Portland artists like Laura Buchan and Michelle Quan. The dining room features a table JHID designed using two slabs of walnut joined together with butterfly joints lacquered in different shades of turquoise. The turquoise theme continues with lacquered vintage Paul McCobb chairs. Meanwhile, the walls of the white bookshelf are painted in a geometric pattern featuring several hues of bright red. A David Weeks chandelier boasts black globes that are carried over to the open kitchen with mirroring pendant lighting. This crisp, clean kitchen overlooks the family room below and the rear garden.
The two-tone master bedroom features deep grey walls that follow the headboard up to the ceiling and wrap down the opposite wall. Small geometric terrariums designed by Brooklyn artists Fredericks & Mae hang from the ceiling, reflected in a contemporary design of cut mirrors. The decorative pillows on the bed are made from leftover upholstery from the downstairs sofa, and at the foot of the bed, a Bertoia-inspired bench is painted in a bright shade of turquoise.
Last but not least, the clients wanted JHID to “go crazy with color” in the guest bedroom, and they weren’t disappointed. The bold room is wrapped in vibrant colors and fun angles. Get more bright, modern design ideas from Jessica Helgerson Interior Design here.
Photos courtesy of JHID
Neighborhoods : Fort Greene