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Modern home studio with an industrial edge

Arguably one of the most charming New York City neighborhoods, Brooklyn Heights is a delightfully walkable area full of tree-lined streets and brownstone houses. Located at the end of Brooklyn Bridge, design inspiration comes from heritage buildings, local hidden gems, parks and the waterfront. Explore an industrial building renovated into a home studio that pulls from its location’s vibrancy and old-world charm.

Kate and Janet's dream home

A modular design with an open-plan layout highlights bold pieces in the converted space. Colorful touches, witty objects and pop art are accentuated by a matte black kitchen, which is equally a statement piece and a functional space.

“We needed a modern kitchen that kept the industrial feel. We wanted the sort of bold that didn’t just demand attention but tied the whole space together.”

Kate and Janet

Interior Designers

There's one glaringly obvious design element in this space – light. With large, South facing casement windows, natural light fills the studio almost around the clock. To contrast the hard floors, exposed brick and bright white walls that intensify and distribute the light, matte black cabinetry and granite worktops were chosen to absorb and diffuse it. By using stainless steel and glass purposefully, Kate and Janet were able to harmonize both beauty and utility for a strinkingly contemporary yet industrial look.

Inner-city peace amidst a buzzing cultural identity

Brooklyn Heights owes much of its relaxed residential feeling to lovingly restored brownstones and converted carriage houses that line leafy, cobblestoned streets. Locals and tourists alike walk the Brooklyn Heights promenade for panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline or weave their way into alleyways and lanes to shop, dine and visit theaters, museums and music venues. The first New York neighborhood to be declared a historic district, its old charm echoes through the hum of modern living.

Brooklyn Heights, New York

Meet Kate and Janet

Meet Kate and Janet, two interior designers born and raised in the United States, they met while studying at the Royal College of Art in London. After returning to New York to follow their careers, they were able to found their own studio after a string of work successes. Lovers of architecture and design and passionate about their work, they renovated their former industrial building in Brooklyn Heights into a home studio. They love color, Pop Art and ironic objects, from funko pop to vintage design items.

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