Bright Townhouse Renovation on Horatio Street by Steven Harris Architects

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It’s four stories with a penthouse — and it was in need of a renovation. Enter Steven Harris Architects, LLP. The outstanding feature you’ll see first on this townhouse unit is windows: lots and lots of windows. As a source of outside light and air, they’re incomparable; in the way they make a center courtyard feel like a whole other room of the home, they’re priceless. Stepping into that courtyard, with ivy trailing down its walls and seating in various shades of green, it is a virtual vacation in the heart of the city, an oasis of green inside the walls. But it’s not the only place in this townhouse that seems to “wrap its arms” around you. Spend a few moments in the dining room, with its floor-to-ceiling lighted bookshelves full of, well, books — not to mention memorabilia and art — and you’ll see what we mean.

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The mood is contemporary through and through, with color as a punctuating element. Note the lavish use of pinks and purples: dining room chairs, a living room ottoman, couch cushions, even in floral accents. The hue warms the ultra-modern lines and contrasts nicely with the red-dressed girls in wall art and the bronze-toned fixture hanging above the dining room table. It is also an excellent foil for the dove-gray, white, and blue living room. Blues figure more prominently in a bedroom, with its blue printed coverlet and pale blue tones on the loveseat. By contrast, the bath is pure pristine white, while the penthouse is all earth-toned and gold, its indoor and outdoor spaces seamless with only a thin barrier of glass between them. It’s home: bold and welcoming, spacious and private — and always, full of light — on Horatio Street.

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