The Insider: Sensitive Reno, Neutral Decor Convey Cobble Hill Brownstone’s Essential Elegance

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Pale neutrals, organic shapes, and natural materials were Studio Fauve’s prescription for uplifting a gem of a 19th century brownstone, whose dreary, dated kitchen and baths new homeowners freshly arrived from London couldn’t wait to say goodbye to. A coveted building type — corner lot, two box bay windows, plentiful original detail, dramatically high ceilings — the house had dark finishes on the interior and cabinetry that did not begin to live up to its pedigree.

Brooklyn-based Studio Fauve is helmed by interior designer Charlotte Sylvain, who arrived from France a decade ago, worked in the field, and established her own practice in 2018. This project entailed considerable new construction and millwork, overseen by Sylvain’s husband, architect Shikar Thakur.

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