Homepolish designer Danielle Herman helps a young family outfit a classic Bay Ridge home in cozy, laid-back style.
Photos by Heidi's Bridge.
Nowadays when people think of Brooklyn, they often imagine a borough dominated by ultra-chic, ultra-sleek young professionals. But if you travel slightly farther out, Brooklyn homes have a completely different feeling. Things are quiet and almost suburban in the charming neighborhood of Bay Ridge, making it the perfect place to raise a family.
When this family of four made the move from an apartment to a Bay Ridge home, they wanted to craft the perfect nurturing, down-to-earth space. Thankfully Homepolish designer Danielle Herman was up to the task.
“Using Homepolish was the mother’s way of creating a space for her two boys to learn, grow, and experience deep familial love,” Danielle tells us. “She really wanted to create a home for her young boys and we were able to make her dream a reality.”
With those lofty goals in mind, Danielle worked to tailor-fit the home to family’s lifestyle with highly-personalized designs that capture the family’s desire for a modern farmhouse feel. Danielle found her self-starting from scratch—the space was all but bare, save for the dining room table.
“We completely redesigned the foyer, living room, and dining room,” the designer shares. “We got new furniture, new engineered hardwood flooring, and relaxed roman shade window treatments. I also designed built-in window seats and bookcases for the entryway.”
Having a clean, beautiful-yet-functional background was crucial for this space. Danielle started by replacing the existing floor with more-durable, wide-plank engineered hardwood. To push even further into the modern farmhouse frontier, the designer outfitting the foyer (a rarity in NYC homes) with custom bench seating and clever storage. The painted-white wood provides a chic contrast to the the rustic warmth of the dark floor—and the seats are just what the boys were after.
“Her boys love to cuddle and read, which is why the built in window seats were very important,” Danielle explains.
The process wasn’t without its trials, but Danielle and her client made the most of it.
“We had a bit of trouble when the built-ins were being created and installed by a subcontractor,” Danielle recalls. “We had a lot of funny, venting text exchanges about it with very emotive emojis. It definitely brought us closer!”
Once the built-ins where in place, Danielle worked to choose functional, family-friendly pieces that still fit the cozy, chalet-inspired feeling. The pairing of distressed wood, luxurious linens, and an inviting color palette keeps the vibe chill and approachable.
“I wanted the natural wood tones to stand alone, yet be complemented,” Danielle explains. “This was achieved by using a variation of linen textures in neutral, muted tones. I added the pops of blue for contrast.”
Of course, comfort remained key.
“Her husband loves to watch TV, so the very deep sofa we found from Restoration Hardware was important as well,” Danielle admits.
All in all, the space achieves the perfect balance of refined and relaxed. And the client is happier than ever.
“Danielle somehow created exactly what we wanted even though we couldn’t fully articulate it,” the client explains. “She is attentive in a special way that let her capture not just how we wanted the space to look, but how we wanted our family to feel.”