Brooklyn SImplicity

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A Brooklyn brownstone in Prospect Heights district creates a tranquil environment for the hectic nature that is New York City. The district is creative, culturally diverse and surprisingly verdant. The couple, Diery Prudent and Mariza Scotch have been living here for 17 years carefully choosing the right pieces to construct a tranquil interior.

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“We stuck to the simplest materials and designs, which seems to give the original details room to breathe.”


France circa 1820 Empire commode (B60), Sweden circa 1900 collection of phrenology heads in an antique glass oval dome (B52)B174AEngland circa 1860 marble finial on stand (B174)Picture 6The house is beautifully spare, but the golden warmth of the original parquet floors and the huge windows, which drench the rooms with light, ensure that it never feels cold or sparse.


England circa 1880 neoclassical walnut mirror (U128)

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England circa 1820 Regency daybed (B195), England circa 1840 chest of  drawers (B193)

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One of the most remarkable things about this beautiful home, is the Mariza and Diery are generous enough to rent it out to visitors to New York, through boutique holiday apartment specialists Onefinestay. “We’ve rented many apartments in Europe while traveling and we appreciate the difference it makes to spend time in a personal space, it gives an instant connection with the city.”

Picture 11Using simple pieces that are carefully selected creates a charm and simplicity that can be difficult to find in such a busy cramped city. The couple embraces the characteristics of the house and plays off its tones. “Our house prefers to be enjoyed,” says Mariza.


France circa 1840 worn gilt mirror (UK41), England circa 1850 stand with marble top (U12106F)

To view the entire article pick up the November issue of Elle Decor UK.

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