A Boldly Black Brooklyn Townhouse

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Name: Nicole
Location: Park Slope — Brooklyn, New York

Nicole’s house hunt was not easy (when are house hunts ever easy?) but after putting in a couple of years on the search she found this beaut. Faced with an outdated exterior and not enough room in her budget for an overhaul, Nicole got creative and decided to go to the dark side.

From Nicole: It took us two and a half years to find our home. We had so many aggressive buyers outbidding us every time. We finally found a house that was off the market! Our home needed a ton of love from the inside out and after the long search for a place to settle down with our two kids we were ready to give it as much love as we possibly could.

Our home is a four story townhouse in Park Slope, Brooklyn. When we bought it the exterior was covered with stamped concrete from the ’70s. Restoring the brick wasn’t in our budget so we decided to go black. The neighborhood was definitely a little surprised, but I think we are winning the popular vote now (wink).

Inside we restored the original winding staircase and as much of the original molding as we could. Our aesthetic is transitional modern. We love a little bit of everything. Mid-century influences in furniture and lighting. Art Deco influence in hardware, and wallpaper (by Hygge and West), industrial influences in the black casement windows, it’s definitely a melting pot of style.

Thanks so much, Nicole!

Inspired by Nicole’s dark digs? You can find many more bold black exteriors in Nancy’s round-up of dark houses or check out this inspiring Before & After for a chic West Coast take on the look.

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