Interiors: Boerum Hill Townhouse in Shades of Red & Gray

Welcome to another new feature here on Brownstoner. In addition to our new Green on Brownstoner posts, we're publishing interiors from Brooklyn architects, designers, renovation buffs and handy/artsy types. If you have a project you'd be interested in publishing, please send us a note. And now, Interiors #1:
The principals at Brooklyn-based Bouratoglou Architect, PC renovated their own three-story Boerum Hill 1860s row house and oversaw its construction. It had been owned by the same woman for 50 years and needed a massive overhaul, and a green one at that (a list of green materials used is on the jump). Jill Bouratoglou had been designing a green curriculum for New York City Technical College called “Sustainability through Architecture," and her neighbor was Lori Bongiorno, author of Green, Greener, Greenest, so she was well-prepared. She describes the aesthetic as "a mix of expensive and IKEA, eBay and found items." Soft grays are interrupted with bursts of orange and red, solid walls are interrupted by flashes of pattern. Look for Purl Soho bedding, homemade curtains, Eames wall decals, Chiasso carpets and even a couple of things from CB2 in the photos. She even hand-embroidered Target pillow. She says, "After a two week trip to Seattle over Christmas, I came back and selected the paint colors. Maybe it was 14 days of gray weather, but I selected five shades of gray along with a matte black for the handrails. I selected wallpaper from Cole and Son with shades of grays and black, screened from England. In areas where the walls are gray, the adjoining walls sometimes appear another shade of gray depending on the daylight, and then sometime they are just super white as painted. The play of grays throughout the house, become darker in the master bathroom, become more silver on the top floor as the light penetrates through the oval skylight."

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