As impressive and satisfying as a Brooklyn brownstone gut renovation is, that may not always be possible or necessary. Consider this 1870s brownstone in Brooklyn's Prospect Heights neighborhood, owned by Homepolish designer Louisa Roeder. Blessed with gorgeous molded high ceilings, original wood floors, and fireplaces, the landmarked house certainly had great bones and was in good shape—Roeder just "desperately wanted more natural light" and a more modern space. Nowhere was this vision executed more clearly than in the kitchen, where Roeder made two big changes: first, painting all the moldings and cabinetry white, and second, ditching the built-in cabinet for a gentle bay window.
While there was no space in the kitchen for a full-out bay window breakfast nook, the new addition accomplishes exactly what Roeder is after, which is to flood the kitchen with light and bring in a little bit of the rear terrace and garden. The eight-month renovation also included bringing in a dynamic mix of furnishings. In the kitchen, for example, the bar stools are from modern home decor retailer Blue Dot, while the bespoke lighting fixtures were made by Paul Pisanelli of New York Vintage Lighting, a local artist whom Roeder met at the Brooklyn Flea. In fact, Pisanelli produced custom pieces for each room of the home. Below, a closer look at the dramatic kitchen makeover.