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Before & After: A “Not Too Brooklyn” Bachelor Pad in Park Slope, Transformed with Paint

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Before & After: A “Not Too Brooklyn” Bachelor Pad in Park Slope, Transformed with Paint

February 22, 2019

Dan Mazzarini of BHDM Design was given a mandate when it came to a dated apartment in Park Slope, Brooklyn: create a sophisticated and polished masculine retreat that was “not too Brooklyn” for the apartment’s bachelor owner, a book-loving lawyer with little time to fret about the details. The two-bedroom apartment was in good, if dated, condition, with a ho-hum mashup of middle-grade finishes, before Mazzarini got to work. He redid the whole apartment with several gallons of paint and a tight palette of black and white, then added graphic artwork, textiles and tiling to add visual interest and keep the space serene. Only the doors, baseboards and molding were replaced. “The client left us alone, which was nice,” says Mazzarini. “There was a high level of trust.”  Take a look inside this sleek bachelor pad, then scroll to see the dated “Before” photos.

“After” photography by Brian W. Ferry, courtesy of BHDM Design.

After

The designers left the bones of the apartment intact but painted every surface, to dramatic effect. The walls in the living areas were painted Benjamin Moore&#8
Above: The designers left the bones of the apartment intact but painted every surface, to dramatic effect. The walls in the living areas were painted Benjamin Moore’s Super White in eggshell, and the floors were painted with two coats of Sherwin-Williams’ ArmorSeal Rexthane.

In the living room, Ikea’s boldly striped Stockholm rug adds pattern, as does the artwork over the Restoration Hardware sofa.  The bay windows are a focal point, painted in Hollandlac Brilliant, a high-gloss paint by Fine Paints of Europe. Bookshelves line the niches and a France & Son ceiling fixture (a Serge Mouille Three-Arm Ceiling Lamp lookalike) is a spidery overhead sculpture. (There is a second one, in white, in the master bedroom.) The vintage zigzag chair is from Gallery 429 in Greenport, New York, and the caramel-colored egg chair is from France & Son.

The dining niche, in one corner of the living room, features the Compass Dining Table from CB
Above: The dining niche, in one corner of the living room, features the Compass Dining Table from CB2, a brass pendant light from Park Studio LA, and two vintage chairs. The bench is from Organic Modernism.
 In a corner of the dining area: artwork by Mark McGuire and a spray of pussy willows in a charcoal vase from Jamali Garden.
Above: In a corner of the dining area: artwork by Mark McGuire and a spray of pussy willows in a charcoal vase from Jamali Garden.
The fireplace apron is also painted in Hollandlac Brilliant.
Above: The fireplace apron is also painted in Hollandlac Brilliant.
 Glossy, dark grey Ikea Jarsta cabinets were fitted together “like Tetris,” says Mazzarini. He added bronze hardware sourced at Simon’s Hardware and Bath in New York. The faucet is from Brizo, the countertop is honed Black Absolute granite, and the backsplash is made of honed Nero Marquina marble tiles set in a herringbone pattern. The range, from Bertazzoni, has a built-in vent.
Above: Glossy, dark grey Ikea Jarsta cabinets were fitted together “like Tetris,” says Mazzarini. He added bronze hardware sourced at Simon’s Hardware and Bath in New York. The faucet is from Brizo, the countertop is honed Black Absolute granite, and the backsplash is made of honed Nero Marquina marble tiles set in a herringbone pattern. The range, from Bertazzoni, has a built-in vent.
 A view into the master bedroom, painted in Benjamin Moore&#8
Above: A view into the master bedroom, painted in Benjamin Moore’s Kendell Charcoal. The modern bedside lamps on the nightstands are from Rejuvenation. The designer made the ink-block artwork, and the abaca rug is from The Natural Carpet Company.
A moody vignette in the bedroom: The basket was a score at Brimfield, while the metal vase is from Clic Gallery in New York. The vintage dresser and mirror were both found on Etsy.
Above: A moody vignette in the bedroom: The basket was a score at Brimfield, while the metal vase is from Clic Gallery in New York. The vintage dresser and mirror were both found on Etsy.
The guest room, with the lower walls painted in Benjamin Moore&#8
Above: The guest room, with the lower walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s Black. The couch is from West Elm and the art is the client’s. L-shaped shelving provides the perfect solution for an awkward niche.
The bathroom features a stone-topped vanity from Restoration Hardware. Above it are Argon Sconces from Hudson Valley Lighting and a custom mirror. Tiles from Cement Tile Shop form a graphic pattern.
Above: The bathroom features a stone-topped vanity from Restoration Hardware. Above it are Argon Sconces from Hudson Valley Lighting and a custom mirror. Tiles from Cement Tile Shop form a graphic pattern.

Before

Before, the apartment was an ode to the ‘80s, with track lighting, ceiling fans, and yellow oak floors.
Above: Before, the apartment was an ode to the ‘80s, with track lighting, ceiling fans, and yellow oak floors.
 The designer decided to leave the bricks, but painted over them. The baseboards were replaced.
Above: The designer decided to leave the bricks, but painted over them. The baseboards were replaced.
The dated galley kitchen, before.
Above: The dated galley kitchen, before.
 A view of the master bedroom, with dated flooring and an original door.
Above: A view of the master bedroom, with dated flooring and an original door.
 The bathroom had pink tile and unflattering overhead lighting.
Above: The bathroom had pink tile and unflattering overhead lighting.

More dramatic transformations, all with a coat of paint:

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