A Country Retreat Grows in Brooklyn
When I first read about Miranda Brooks’ home in the January issue of Vogue, I stopped dead in my tracks and audibly exclaimed, “that’s it, take me to France!” It took me a few moments to realize that this was no French hideaway. It was Brooklyn! Totally fooled me. The landscape architect and her architect husband, Bastien Halard, bought this 4-story Brooklyn home in Boerum Hill (off Craigslist!) and completely gutted it and redesigned my dream house it in 6 months.
From what I’ve heard, renovating your house can be the source of many conflicts, but the couple settled on some pretty creative compromises. First, the ground floor was designated as the French floor with white oak flooring. The middle floor is English with hand-painted wallpaper for the girls’ rooms. The top floor was an ode to New York, their new home.
Recreating the countryside indoors
The two sought to evoke the countryside and did so in every detail of the home. Brooks was given free reign to create a luscious countryside garden and envisioned room enough only to walk through and she filled it with everything from poppies to erigeron. On the rooftop of the house she created an Elizabethan garden included one section of edible vegetables. In the master bedroom there is the lovely custom Tree of Life de Gournay wallpaper that magically transports the gardens inside. Halard spent much time scouring local shops to find old beams and doors to create the feeling that this house had been there forever. Those, complete with Paris flea-shop finds, creates an authentically charmed house that I, for one, would love to explore and reside in.
Miranda Brooks has created many other lovely gardens that transport you to another place. Take a look at her portfolio here.
How would you recreate your dream house? Would it be similar to this one?
Image Sources: Vogue