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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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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