Step inside a Parisian-Inspired Brownstone in Brooklyn

We’re answering all of your questions about this beautiful, French-inspired historic brownstone in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

A Parisian home in the heart of Brooklyn

Sometimes, you meet clients and immediately bond over a shared vision. When we first chatted with Hagar and Ziv, we learned all about their love for Paris and the sprawling facades of the limestone buildings along the Seine. Despite their differences, Brooklyn and Paris share a romantic aura that we knew would translate through architecture and design.

Finding inspiration in French design

Designing a historic brownstone 3,624 miles from the “City of Light” challenged us as renovators, restorers, and interior designers. We wanted to really capture the essence of Paris. We thought about what makes the city so iconic – its grand arches, sloping curves, modern and art deco features against classic architecture, soft stone colors, and rich neutrals. That led us to some beautiful paint color choices throughout the home.

  • Farrow & Ball Schoolhouse White – Walls throughout the house | Farrow & Ball
  • Sherwin Williams Alabaster – Ceilings throughout the house | Sherwin Williams
  • Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black – Stairs | Sherwin Williams

Furniture fit for the 16th arrondissement

As we were sourcing furniture for the home, we looked for a variety of new and antique pieces. The goal was to strike an eclectic balance of modern design with historic charm. If you have ever been inside a Parisian home, you may be familiar with this approach. It’s not uncommon to find a flat screen TV next to an antique chair that someone found at a nearby flea market, which also just “happens” to be from the 1800s. We selected materials like velvet, suede, marble, chrome, and light wood to evoke that unique collector’s vibe.

  • DWR X Sarah Ellison Muse Sofa – $4,995 – $3,996 | Design Within Reach
  • Brace Bloce Cream Chair – $1,699 | CB2
  • Rolland Armchair – $2,523 $1,181 | Soho Home
  • Santoro Round Green Agate Coffee Table – $1,099 | CB2
  • Channel Tufted Ottoman – $100 | Target
  • Carlisle Bedside Table – $1,395 | Soho Home
  • Sagebrook Home 22″ 4-Legged Accent Table, Black Marble, Nickel | Amazon
  • Jaxx Red Marble Side Table – $499 | CB2
  • Monte Ivory Performance Fabric Dining Chair – $429 | CB2

Attention to detail: tiles, textures, and fixtures

One unique challenge with designing this home was that it is a bit smaller than your typical Brooklyn brownstone. For example, Carroll Jardin is only three floors, including the garden level, whereas most traditional brownstones are four. With limited square footage, we wanted every detail to count. Hagar and Zev gravitated towards rich tones and blue colors, so we sourced samples from this world with character and intricate design. Here were the final picks:

  • Red Onyx/Colorado Calacatta Checkerboard – $Varies | Castelli Marble, Inc.
  • Zellige in Forgotten Turquoise – $Varies | Clé Tile
  • Square in Moroccan Sea Salt and Tea Ceremony – $Varies | Clé Tile
  • Fornace Brioni and Cristina Celestino Tile – $Varies | Clé Tile
  • Purist Sink Fauce – $524.10 | Kohler
  • Purist Rite-Temp Shower Trim Kit – $868 | Kohler

Lighting fixtures to tie it all together

The French excel at many things including, but not limited to, incredible lighting. If you have ever been to Paris, you have probably noticed that the lighting fixtures, indoor and out, are unmatched. From bespoke French design to antique lamps, they know how to find the fixture for any room. We sourced lighting that would create the perfect warm soft glow throughout all three levels.

  • Rizzato 43, Satin Brass / Opal – $Varies | Nuura
  • Ariel Fluted White Marble Sconce – $Varies | CB2
  • Meshmatics, Large Steel – $Varies | Moooi
  • Neptune Travertine Wall Sconce – $299 | CB2
  • Flos String Light with Sphere Head – $1,691 | Flos
  • Gubi Multi-Lite Pendants – $1199 | Gubi
  • Sputnik Light Feature – $73 | Amazon

Bringing this project to life has been a dream come true. Stay tuned as we share more products and our favorite items throughout the home! You can watch the full house tour on YouTube and read the feature in Architectural Digest.