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.
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.
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