Athena Calderone Lives in the Brooklyn Brownstone of Your Wildest Dreams

Athena Calderone Lives in the Brooklyn Brownstone of Your Wildest Dreams

Nancy Mitchell
Oct 18, 2018

Y'all. Can you believe this kitchen? Marble countertops, an enormous island, indoor/outdoor vibes—and all in the middle of Brooklyn, New York. Yes, this is real. Yes, I want to move in immediately. The rest of it is (if you can imagine that) even better.

In the November issue of Architectural Digest, we get a peek inside the home Athena Calderone, the creative mind behind Eye Swoon, shares with her husband Victor, a music producer, and their 15-year-old son Jivan. Renovating houses is something of a hobby for this couple, or maybe you could say a lifestyle. This 25-foot-wide Cobble Hill townhouse is the eighth place they have worked on together, although they claim it will be the last.

The process was not without struggle. While looking at the house, Victor took a moment to text his wife, enraptured, and walked headlong into a shelf with a nail sticking out of it. There was lots of blood. An ambulance came, and Victor was told he would need stitches. He got his head bandaged, but still wanted to see the rest of the house.

Another challenge was converting the home back into a single-family residence. Like a lot of Brooklyn townhomes, this one had been converted into apartments, and a lot of the home's original architectural features had been lost. Victor and Athena carefully preserved the remaining elements, like the original mantels and the ceiling medallion in the living room, but they also added a few modern touches. A wall between the living room and the dining room was torn down to create a more spacious room for entertaining, and a wall of glass doors opens from the kitchen onto the terrace beyond. A mix of vintage furniture (like that amazing Mario Bellini sofa) paired with more modern pieces is a perfect complement to the home's updated traditional look.

There's lots more to see and lust after at Architectural Digest (or in the November issue), which has the full tour. If you need me, I'll be staring longingly at pictures of this bathroom, because Manhattan real estate is very, very expensive, but dreaming is free.

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