Innovative Use of Warehouse Space: Brooklyn Studio Renovation by David Berridge

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This space, designed by David Berridge in 2008, was an old two-story union hall in the Clinton Hill historic district of Brooklyn, NY. Once it was completely gutted, the 5500-square foot space gave the client, a well-known artist, plenty of space to “push the boundaries” of living/working and public/private spaces. Both floors, in fact, possess public space; both floors have bedrooms and bathroomss, as well as studio space. And, contrary to what you’ll see in much modern décor, this redo hasn’t been shy about using color: check out the blue, yellow, and — of all hues — peach-toned tile in parts of one bathroom, while the tub part of that same bathroom is tucked behind the headboard of a bed: a true ensuite! Through tall wood-trimmed glass doors, the other bedroom looks out at a sunlit green courtyard.

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A stone fireplace complements use of stone in the kitchen; clean-lined rectangular wood tables complete the modern feel. Lofty ceilings prevail throughout, especially in studio spaces; one is mostly empty except for a desk and work area in its midst, its color coming from a large painting on one wall (the cat apparently approves.) Other splashes of color: a bold abstract series of squares covers one part of the living room wall, while just around the corner is a larger-than-life floral photograph. And this area also looks out on the central courtyard, through wood-framed glass that opens the space up to light. One site declares that you’ll be “jealous” of the owner here; that jealousy might well start with fellow New Yorkers!

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Written by Janet Butler

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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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