In the Prospect Heights neighborhood, Homepolish's Louisa Roeder turned an 1870s landmarked brownstone into a dramatic, multi-storied designer's paradise.
Photos by Claire Esparros.
As the saying goes, “You can never go back.” But from the look of Homepolish designer Louisa Roeder‘s home, she isn’t really one to follow convention. Having grown up in a historic London townhouse as a child, when she moved across the pond to the Brooklyn neighborhood of Prospect Heights, she was on the lookout for a place that would recall those happy memories in bonny Britain. Finding a 1870s brownstone and walking through the front door, she immediately felt a sense of familiarity. It was a done deal.
But of course, when it comes to aged historic spaces in New York, the property was landmarked. Asking Louisa about the most challenging aspect of the design, her response was without hesitation: “sticking out the seven month waiting period for permits!” Once everything was cleared by the city, she went about carefully restoring and updating the multi-storied space. Luckily, much of it was in pristine condition. Modern floors were stripped to reveal the original woodwork underneath. Moldings and interior walls were revamped to reflect a consistent and lighter color scheme. The kitchen was built out to include a bay window overlooking the refreshed garden.
The complete renovation took eight months, and the home couldn’t look more welcoming. It reflects Louisa’s eclectic taste for high and low, antique and modern. And she even managed to introduce that same family vibe from her old London haunt. (She rents out two of the bedrooms to friends.)
Click through the slideshow to see the complete tour as well as BEFORE images of the 1870s brownstone. And check out New York‘s feature of the home.
The home embodies my cozy, eclectic, high- and low-end style with items ranging from Ikea to family heirlooms and even custom-made pieces.- Louisa R., Homepolish designer