This ‘Worn to Bits’ Brooklyn House Is Now Beautiful After a Gut Reno

published Aug 25, 2023

This ‘Worn to Bits’ Brooklyn House Is Now Beautiful After a Gut Reno

published Aug 25, 2023
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“A house in need of a gut renovation was the last scenario we envisioned as first-time homeowners, yet, that’s where we landed. The potential, and backyard magnolias, were impossible to ignore,” admits Rosemary, who’s a creative strategist and copywriter. She and her partner, Kir, a product manager, went on the hunt for a home during the height of the pandemic.

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“We casually considered leaving the city we’ve lived in for a decade. But Brooklyn won. Our three children were born here. Our friends like family are here. Brooklyn is home,” Rosemary explains, emphasizing though that looking for a house wasn’t something they just did on a whim. “It took us three years of looking. We really wanted to stay in Park Slope, but were sized and priced out. It took us a while to come to terms with that and get a feel for other possibilities.”

“Once we started working with real estate agent Jayson Halladay it took us three months to find our home,” Rosemary writes. “The house was built in 1910 and worn to bits through years of life lived. In fact, the first time we visited, our youngest wanted to leave because it reminded him of the ‘Escape The Room: The Cursed Dollhouse’ board game we recently played. The adults felt possibilities though.”

Rosemary and Kir worked with Amy Pigliacampo of Amy Pigliacampo Interiors to turned the worn-to-bits house into a home for their family, which also includes kids Leo, Zoe, and Wes, and rescue pup Mazie. Amy says she was tasked with “creating a bright and airy space, where the city melts away as soon as you close the front door.” She accomplished this by using soft textures, subtle color, lots of curves, and creating lots of places to relax.

The family also worked with architect Sarah Petrocelli of Prospect Studio Architects and construction contractor Mario Bissessar of City Line Interiors to bring the home to life.



  • Whole house — Benjamin Moore “Chantilly Lace”



  • Lunas dining table — Burke Decor
  • About a Chair in cream and oak — DWR
  • Sphere & stem chandelier — West Elm 
  • L | La Forma Lenon Sideboard — Wood Furniture
  • Clementine sofa in tangerine — BEAM Brooklyn


  • Custom fabric Julia stools — Stowed
  • SEKTION cabinets — IKEA
  • Custom fronts in White Supermatte and Impression Tahoe — Semihandmade
  • Sculptural pebble pendants — West Elm
  • Alto sconce — Cedar & Moss
  • Appliances — Thermador
  • Caesarstone Organic White Counter & Backsplash



  • Custom Venice tile in Alabaster + X-Small Yellow Chip — Concrete Collaborative
  • GODMORGON vanity — IKEA
  • Custom front in Impression Tahoe — Semihandmade
  • Corian White Jasmine counter
  • Dainolite Roswell sconces 
  • Glass Warehouse pill mirror

Thanks Amy!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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