A Look Inside Amy Gropp Forbes & Adam Forbes' Beautiful Park Slope Townhouse

New Book: Design Brooklyn by Anne Hellman & Michel Arnaud

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A brand new book all about the influence of design on the borough of Brooklyn comes out next week. Design Brooklyn is expansive, inclusive and filled with inspiring ideas and images of interiors, both public and private. I especially loved the peeks inside the creatively designed and renovated homes of several Brooklynites and am happy to share this sneak peek of one of the most invitingly lovely in the book, a family home in Park Slope...

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Amy Gropp Forbes' father was an editor-in-chief of both Elle Decor and House Beautiful, so one can extrapolate that the DNA for a good sense of design can be inherited. Amy is a chef, former Martha Stewart Living editor and the creative mind behind the Eclectic Mom blog. Her home boasts a relaxed yet glamorous, historically respectful decor that looks effortless, yet, upon closer inspection, you know that each detail has been clearly considered. Beautiful!

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From Design Brooklyn:

What Amy Gropp Forbes and Adam Forbes immediately loved about this Park Slope townhouse was that the interior—all of it, down to the details—had been painted white. The original woodwork remained intact; it simply looked different, more airy, than the other Victorian homes on the block.

Coming from a loft in Manhattan, the couple thought the white interior provided just the right amount of modernity, and yet it still honored the elaborately carved moldings and trims instated a century earlier.

On first glance, the building needed little more than a cosmetic renovation, but as work began, more serious structural issues revealed themselves. Both the plumbing and the electrical wiring had to be redone, which meant the walls had to be opened up. Fortunately, architect David Sherman, a Park Slope resident himself, and the contractor knew how to protect the woodwork during construction.

“As we created new things we made an effort to mimic details in a slightly more pared-down way,” says Amy. “We kept a certain level of detail so it wouldn’t be too obvious where the renovation stopped and started..."

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For more info and images of Amy & Adam's home, plus much more Brooklyn-based inspiration from author Anne Hellman and photographer Michel Arnaud, keep an eye out for Design Brooklyn, coming out on October 22, 2013 (available now for pre-order on Amazon).

(Images: Michel Arnaud / Design Brooklyn)