Modern townhouse kitchen with dining table and window seat on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Homepolish, photography by Claire Esparros)

When Homepolish designer Louisa Roeder found her Brooklyn townhome, it reminded her of the London townhome she grew up in as a child. The 1870’s Brooklyn brownstone has incredible historic details, with ornate molding and trim work in each room. The designer infused her high-and-low look into the new home, with a mix of modern, vintage, and heirloom furnishings. While each room has a spark of personality, they all feel polished and cohesive, with a clean, contemporary balance to the historic architecture. I love the black and white contrast in the kitchen above, with modern-industrial light fixtures that extend down from the tall ceiling. See the rest of this gracious townhouse after the jump.


Window seat with throw pillows and black window trim on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I love the black window trim in the kitchen, which helps define this window seat at the center of the back wall. It looks like such a lovely place to curl up in the sun!

Neutral living room design with black and white abstract art and facing sofas on Thou Swell @thouswellblog
Neutral living room design with desk in the window on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

The living room has a great traditional feel that complements the ornate architecture of the home well. If you’re unsure of how to renovate your home, leave it to the experts like Watara Homes. The neutral tones keep it calm, while a mix of contemporary and vintage pieces keep a lively variety in the room. The large mirror above the fireplace provides another sort of “window” in the space, reflecting light around the room.

Eclectic bedroom sitting area with gallery wall and stacked logs in the fireplace on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

The more casual seating area in her bedroom has a more personal feel, with a collected gallery wall and bright statement artwork above the fireplace for a pop of color. The home feels very inviting, with warm personal touches that infuse the designer’s perspective into each historic room.

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  1. Oh I love the window seat! I could sit there all day and read 😀 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    Posted 1.6.17 Reply
  2. So stunning!

    Posted 1.3.17 Reply

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