At Home with a Brooklyn Fashionista-Turned-Lighting-Designer by

Issue 88 · Low-Key Fashion · September 5, 2013

At Home with a Brooklyn Fashionista-Turned-Lighting-Designer

Issue 88 · Low-Key Fashion · September 5, 2013

Lighting designer Michelle James' 1890s brownstone in Brooklyn is like the perfect pared-down wardrobe: a little black dress; a crisp white shirt; a touch of velvet; and, of course, a bit of jewelry-like glitz via her own glamorous fixtures (made, surprisingly enough, from parts scavenged on eBay).

A former fashion stylist, James has an eye for finding the exact piece that will make an ensemble—or, in this case, a room—special. She spends several hours a day on eBay foraging for vintage glass globes and brass hardware, which she collects and reconfigures in her basement workroom. For more information on her lighting fixtures, go to Michelle James.

Photography by Nicole Franzen for Remodelista.

Michelle James Remodelista Entryway

Above: The classically detailed entry hints at the glamor to be found within.

Michelle James Remodelista Living Room

Above: The walls ceiling, and trim on the parlor floor are painted in Benjamin Moore's Simply White.

Michelle James Living Room Brooklyn Remodelista

Above: James found the pair of vintage chairs on eBay and had them recovered in gray wool.

Michelle James Remodelista Living Room Mantel

Above: The sectional sofa is custom from Swaim Furniture of North Carolina upholstered in Chocolate Martini mohair from John Hutton Textiles.

Michelle James Remodelista Kitchen

Above: James painted the existing glass-fronted cabinets white and added a marble slab to the island countertop. (For more on marble slabs, go to 5 Favorites: Marble Boards in the Kitchen.)

Michelle James Remodelista Dining Room

Above: The glass-paned doors leading from the dining area to the living room are original to the house. The marble-topped table is from Williams-Sonoma Home and the chairs are from Spanish company Andreu World.

Michelle James Remodelista Kitchen Black Tiles

Above: A glossy black tiled backsplash adds a hint of disco glamor to the kitchen.

Michelle James Remodelista Stairwell Light

Above: The top floor landing with a wire tray propped on a stool and James' Globe Chandelier.

Michelle James Remodelista Lighting

Above: A closeup of James' Globe Chandelier.

Michelle James Remodelista Bedroom

Above: Michelle's seven-year-old son, Gray, lives in one of the more sophisticated boy's bedroom we've seen. A BluDot Modu-licious bed and side table pop against the walls painted in Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy.

Michelle James Remodelista Study

Above: Michelle's attic office features a shelving wall painted Benjamin Moore Whale Gray; she found the vintage Italian light fixture on eBay.

Michelle James Remodelista Bathroom

Above: A marble mosaic floor and ebonized wood sink cabinet are softened by a fur-covered stool.

Michelle James Remodelista Bedroom Shelving  

Above: A guest bedroom with vintage globe chandelier.

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