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Inside the Crisp Brownstone on House Beautiful's May Cover

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Photos by Eric Piasecki/House Beautiful

Here's a peek inside the May House Beautiful, out next week: there's a lovely Brooklyn brownstone revamped and refreshed by interior design duo John Kureck and Doug Jones of the NYC-based firm Kureck Jones. As is the case with many a 19th-century row house, the prime objective here was to somehow embrace the history of the home without sacrificing contemporary sensibilities or comfort. "You want to feel that you're part of a tradition but not stuck in the past," Jones told House Beautiful. "People don't want to live in a stage set." In this case, the designers integrated a palette of "cool but not cold" blues—"integrated color," and not, for a change, "neutral envelope and just pops of color here and there"—and a mixed bag of antique furnishings.

In the sitting room, a circa-1850 Japanese screen hangs next to a vintage velvet sofa; in the dining room, a New England Federal-style sideboard counters an 18th-century Italian chandelier; in the kitchen, a red cast-iron table opposes an opalescent backsplash; and in the family room, turquoise bouclé chairs sit near a tufted ottoman. Take a tour, above.

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