Projects & Improvements

Before & After: A Studio Facelift in Brooklyn

updated May 5, 2019
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In a small space, just a few changes can make a big difference. The owner of this Brooklyn Heights studio knew she wanted to update her kitchen (and add a dishwasher!), so she turned to designer Sarah Zames, owner of Brooklyn design firm General Assembly. Under Sarah’s guidance, a few small updates came together to make a big impact. Check out the finished product…

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Ta-da! Opening up the kitchen to the rest of the living space makes this little studio feet a lot bigger — and adding an island makes this small kitchen much more usable.

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The appliances, cabinets, countertops, and backsplash were all updated, and the chalkboard panel on the door (which leads to the bathroom) is a nice touch. On the left is the coup de grace, the envy of any New York apartment dweller — the dishwasher.

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But the kitchen wasn’t the only part of this studio that got an update. The whole studio saw a fresh coat of paint, and the contractors added a special niche for the bed. This dedicated sleeping area gives the feel of a bedroom without taking up too much space.

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And in that odd little nook between the fireplace and the door, there’s now a set of floor-to-ceiling shelves, big enough for a whole library. Perfect.

To find out more about this project, check out The Sweeten.

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