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Brooklyn Heights Office Remodel Reveal

Brooklyn Heights Office Remodel Reveal

It's T..I..M..E..  (that's me trying to declare in a staccato sing song voice that the time has come to reveal a project I've been working on) !!! This Brooklyn office redesign has been such fun to put together, and I couldn't be more pleased with the final results. If you don't remember the before, click here.

There were some things that had do be done prior to redesigning and styling the space. For example, the steps weren't installed properly and the laminate wood-look floor was lifting in certain areas, so those issues needed to be remediated first. Next, both sets of closet doors were once painted out as black chalkboards- and they could quickly look messy and were starting to feel outdated. Because the reading specialist wanted a clean, somewhat sophisticated look (one that would evoke a feeling of a Brooklyn townhouse renovated back to its original glory- the office is actually IN a Brooklyn townhouse after all), we decided that adding picture moulding to some of the walls would elevate the room. And painting everything, including the decorative moulding a light, bright, barely-gray, suddenly allowed all of the other colors that I brought in via furniture and accessories, to pop!

While I did my best to keep things kid friendly, fun and fresh, there were some limitations that we had to work around. The window bars were one of them, and since they are required in garden level NYC rentals, we couldn't remove this feature. So- a fresh coat of paint was applied and later, I will add some festive fabric valances. Budget was another limitation, and while one may think that this can be a problem when it comes to design, I view it as an opportunity to get even more creative!  We re-used some bigger furniture pieces, shopped at thrift and consignment stores, d.iy.'ed some things (can you spot the pom-pom branches!) and shopped smart for other items at large online retailers. This is no different than how I furnish my own home and I truly believe that no one should overspend on design!

Now, I'm going to let the pictures do the rest of the talking for this one, but if you want any more information about the products that I used, I have comprised a list with links at the bottom. And if you think your kids would enjoy this space as much as I do, and you are looking for a talented and effective reading specialist in the Brooklyn Heights area, Marylen of Read and Write NYC is definitely the one to call!

Design Challenge-Wes Anderson Inspiration-Phase 2: The Finished Den

Design Challenge-Wes Anderson Inspiration-Phase 2: The Finished Den

Design Challenge- Wes Anderson Inspiration: Phase 1, The Plan

Design Challenge- Wes Anderson Inspiration: Phase 1, The Plan