An Englishman’s Brooklyn Townhouse

Jan 09, 2020

Decorating a home with a British touch, adding years, decades, even centuries of patina to a far younger space, is something that takes a thoughtful eye, but thirtysomething Englishman was adament he wanted his Brooklyn townhouse to evoke the nostalgia of his homeland, and with the help of Nashville-based interior designer Benjamin Vandiver, the wish became a reality.

As I also find myself trying to welcome British touches into my own decor aesthetic, I was drawn to this home featured in House Beautiful as it exuded character, a story and certainly didn’t look like anything else. Most importantly, it invited my mind to travel back to Britain.

From the floral and textured wallpaper, tufted and rolled armed sofa, vintage Turkish wool rugs and upholstered furniture galore, I delighted in the home tour.

Key Decor Takeaways:

  • Mix wood and upholstery for balance
  • Botanical wallpaper establishes warmth and confidence, but refreshment and tranquility as well in the particular space.
  • A collage of themed pictures, each of the same size, to create a larger artistic visual in a living space without a large single picture or painting is unavailable or to create balance with other large art pieces.
  • Soften utilitarian spaces, such as the kitchen with warm metals – i.e. rubbed or aged bronze light fixtures, vintage metal stools.
  • Use picture lights for lighting in the kitchen above windows.
  • Handmade vintage wool rugs. A wonderful investment that will feel good underfoot as well as look good for decades.

Tour my favorite rooms and vignettes from the townhouse below, and tour the entire space as well as learn more about the design process here.

3 thoughts on “An Englishman’s Brooklyn Townhouse

  1. Charming visual narrative that is cozy and reads of a rich character in this built environment. Feels like home.

    Layering furniture and images makes them appear to be passed on and provides a trace of the family in each interior.

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