This NY Mag Editor's BK Space Might Be Our Dream Home

We're pretty sure we've found our dream home. NY Mag’s digital editor, Carolyn Murnick, recently moved from a Williamsburg loft to two floors of a Bed-Stuy brownstone — and wow. High ceilings, crown moulding, wood floors, huge kitchen: The list of amazing elements in this home is beyond comprehensive.
We assigned our designer Adam Verboys the task of melding the classic feel of the home with Carolyn’s collection of mid-century furniture inherited from her grandmother. Go ahead start saving images to that folder on your desktop titled “dream home.” We have the page bookmarked.
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This purely decorative fireplace works so well in the space that we can’t even try to imagine the wall as blank. Adam wanted Carolyn’s entryway to feel like part of the home with the seating area, but also storage practical for coats and boots. His compromise was a faux fireplace used as book storage. This is on our list of things to do when we actually have extra wall space.
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Speaking of old meets new, these drawn portraits are of Carolyn and her brother as toddlers. Their grandmother had them commissioned, and now they add the perfect artistic and personal touch to the space.
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A concrete-and-metal table adds an updated industrial touch to a space otherwise decked out in a '50s style. This one is from the Williamsburg Flea (great find!) but here’s a similar one from West Elm.
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There are very few colors that work in monochromatic rooms but, surprisingly, purple is one of them. Two rugs and the dining room walls compliment the dark mahogany of the floor, the gold accents, and teal dining chairs. You can be bold with your color choices as long as you think carefully about how well they work in your space — and how likely it is that you’ll get sick of them (so no neons!).
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All of our dream homes have bar carts in them. One of our favorite aspects of this home is its flexible options for entertaining. With several seating areas that fit anywhere from a few to a lot of people, Carolyn can host intimate gatherings or full blown parties. The big, industrial kitchen doesn't hurt, either.
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Considering how many beautiful homes we look at every day, we think we’re pretty qualified to make a checklist of dream home must-haves. They aren’t essential to practical minimal living, but they certainly beautify every space they’re in and Carolyn’s place has all of them: big plants, hardwood floors, antiques, beautiful and sturdy furniture, side tables, a big kitchen, space to entertain, and a real magazine rack.
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Photo: Courtesy of Homepolish.
Carolyn inherited a lot of amazing furnishings from her grandmother, like the pitcher used as a vase, and lot of old cookbooks that make regular appearances during dinner party prep. The way Adam made the old and new work together is really inspiring. Things get lost when we move around in our early twenties, but when the things that make it are favorites, your home feels sentimental and perfect.

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