The furniture restorer by profession establishes the fact that faded, worn and creased is comfortable and unique.
Elle Decor’s story on Karl Kipfmueller’s townhouse in Brooklyn, amidst the high rises and new development going on, depicts a time gone by quality. Be in the mindset of a craftsman a hundred years ago and this home will lead you to ask why things can’t be done the same way today or why many don’t stop to admire this standard.
Can you tell the hundred year plus beams in the kitchen ceiling photo above? Compare that with the beams we see in new condos today ? The rough and hand hewn characteristic is a detail that you should not miss in old houses.
The hand stenciled walls in the hallway in very traditional Italianate colors is a brave move in a small space that can look overdone with personal art work. It is eye catching.
A bust such as this gives you a little national park feature in your own backyard.
And then to use an attic as a bright, airy studio is a witty counterpoint to all the old world madness that is happening underneath it.
I experienced this in my own home and today, while I appreciate clean and modern lines, I don’t think I will ever want to be surrounded with things younger than me.
The opposite is true with people though. I like conversations with the young mind but my design eye is always tugged by the aged.
Photgraphy by William Abranowicz
Courtesy of Elle Decor.