The latest issue of Elle Decor highlights the airy, softly classical Brooklyn Brownstone of design blog Remodelista's co-founder Francesca Connolly. What looks to be effortless design—with a mix of vintage finds and modern shapes, with 1890s-style molding and midcentury Eames chairs, and "modern lines, but no hard edges"—is actually the carefully cultivated work of interior designer Lucien Rees Roberts and architect Steven Harris. Connolly, a former textiles designer whose lauded taste in home fixtures has made her blog a kingpin in the niche, brought on designers—"I love so many things, it's too hard for me to decide on my own"—to nurture her self-proclaimed Puritan aesthetic in a lofty space that can so easily overwhelm minimalist design. The result is a comfortable tug and pull between the natural classicism of the home's bones and the midcentury-style restraint Connolly prefers. In the living room, a midcentury Brazilian chair sits by the home's original mantel, and the dining room features a vintage crystal chandelier hanging above Eero Saarinen and Eames chairs. As noted in ED's story, each space is characterized with "tidy lines" and luxurious fabrics. "It's like the right white shirt," Connolly says. "Timeless, crisp, respectful, and it fits my family and my life perfectly." More photos, below.
? The kitchen features marble tiles, custom cabinetry, and marble countertops.
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