I think my favorite Christmas gift this year was the book my husband bought me. Brooklyn Modern was written by Diana Lind and features essays by two local bloggers; Jonathan Butler of Brownstowner and Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge. It discusses the fairly recent transformation of Brooklyn and illustrates some of the boroughs traditional and new architecture (and in some cases the marriage of the two).
Now I don’t know about you, but I tend to wander the sidewalks of my borough and admire the beautiful brownstones and modern townhouses while imagining what the interiors look like and dreaming of the day I could occupy one!
Here, take a look in my copy:
This first home is literally on the next block over from me and I’ve always wanted to see the interior. I guess this is my chance.
This one is across from Pratt’s campus and I think may be my favorite. I love the old beams and the openness of the first floor.
I love this old desk!
Also in my hood, this is actually two buildings which were combined and one of the first examples of modern Brooklyn architecture.
I would kill for this kitchen!
At least now I have a glimpse of how some of these buildings were designed. Now I need to find a book featuring all traditional brownstones and their interiors. And for my New Year’s resolution? Start saving for my own! (Yeah, good luck with that! Better make a back-up resolution.)