Combining Vintage and Verve: Montague Terrace, NY, by Steven Harris

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Start with the front stoop — because even that underwent renovation in this project at Montague Terrace by Steven Harris Architects. The Brooklyn Heights townhouse was in need of some updating and a facelift, so the architects began at the beginning and spruced up the entry. A charming façade leads to an equally charming interior; the graceful curved wooden banister beckons you directly upon entering. But pause for just a moment and look around. Vintage chandeliers hang above your head — and curved-base contemporary lamps set on end tables. You see an ornate fireplace mantel and surround in creamy white — and beside it, a streamlined modern work station with handy chair and computer shelf. At the opposite end of the sitting room, a dining area features more vintage lighting above, more modern chrome-and-white-lacquer below.

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Tall windows bathe the galley kitchen in light; you peek at a compact terrace outside. Bedrooms are a study in clean, pure white…with contrast. A landscape painting graces a marble fireplace, next to a low-slung lounge in dove gray with a minimalist lamp at handy reading height. Colors are blues, grays, greens — and a rich wood grain on a headboard. One room is clearly feminine — from multicolored pendants on the chandelier to stuffed toys on a plush blue chair and the framed “dress” print above the fireplace. In the bath, you see streamlined fixtures brightened with a cheery splash of yellow. In a word, Montague’s new look is about contrast, about blend, and about juxtaposition — and Harris has done it with panache.

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