A Bold Before & After in Brooklyn

A Bold Before & After in Brooklyn

A Bold Before & After in Brooklyn


Homepolish helps a couple with a masculine, clean-lined and personality-filled renovation for their apartment.

Photos by Sean Litchfield

The best design projects open you. They expose you to new styles, new materials, new favorite things. Oh and they literally open you up—turning a cramped apartment into a space that feels spacious, comfortable, and clever.

And this is one of those design project.

Homepolish designer Elisa Shankle partnered with Homepolish Build to help her clients gut-renovate their new Brooklyn apartment to create a tailored, masculine abode.

The space was very closed off initially, so we took down walls and created a small guest room and added more closet space in the master bedroom,” Elisa explains. “After the renovation everything opened up. The kitchen was pretty hideous before too, having an old finish for cabinets and an older Shaker style. We gutted the entire kitchen and created a layout that fit all of their storage needs and, thanks to its clean and fresh look, doesn’t feel overwhelming with all of the cabinetry.”

White-washed floors and white subway provide that calm contrast to the ocean-hue. A navy kitchen would be bold in some spaces, but here it’s just a backdrop to an even wilder living room.

“We chose the bold Kelly Wearstler wallpaper in the living room because we wanted something that looked graphic and artistic,” Elisa explains. 

Graphic and artistic it is—the striking pattern manages to feel calm thanks the living room’s well-edited aesthetic.

“The goal was to have a neutral backdrop, and add elements that pop but still maintain the tailored look,” Elisa explains.” The mirrors were a way to open up and reflect the space, but also offset the wallpaper to add some texture and visual symmetry in juxtaposition. Because the ceilings are high, we added the chandelier to provide some imapct to root the space.”

The renovation wasn’t just about opening up the space, it was also about closing some parts away. Thanks to Homepolish build partners, smart pocket doors allow the second bedroom to flex from communal space to private hideaway when need be. 

In the master bedroom, the peaceful color palette continues.

“The goal for the bedroom was to keep in minimal, stick to the grey color scheme, but bring in some zen with the blue-grey paint,” Elisa shares. “The focus was clean and simple with the bedding, and then a pop of color with the art.”

In the end, the redesign feels like a delightful departure, which is a good renovation’s goal.

“I am super happy about the renovation because it looks like an entirely different space,” Elisa shares. “I love how the white washed flooring turned out, the kitchen reno looks incredible, and love the pocket door accents.”

That’s a lot to love.

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