Brooklyn is home to many creatives. The borough is edgy, artistic, modern and the perfect environment for those who want to create something fresh and new. It is also filled with an incredible historic charm. Many of today’s Brooklyn artists and artisans live and work in homes originally built over a century ago. Joanna Torres, owner of the online boutique, Brooklyn Thread, lives in one such place. Joanna and her husband were both born and raised in the borough, so when they went in search of a home that they could build together there was only one city on their list. Known for its historic homes, Brooklyn was the ideal place for them to find what they were looking for. The couple discovered a classic, brick carriage house, originally built in 1909. In need of some serious TLC, they took to renovating the space, taking it from an early 20th century abode, to a modern home suited for 21st century living.
“With both of us being Brooklyn natives, it was always our dream to find a classic Brooklyn home that we could restore.” -Joanna Torres
The couple took the time to update the traditional home over three years. Modern features were added, and large bits of the home’s historic charm were also restored. The original hardwood floors were salvaged and restored while cast iron radiators throughout the home were returned to their former glory. And they lovingly restored the home’s exposed brick and cast iron clawfoot tub to their original luster in the bathroom.
The few historic details that couldn’t be restored to the space were completely rebuilt. A replica of the home’s original tin ceiling runs throughout the first floor. And push button lighting that mirrors the original lighting of the interior was also installed. In the living room, a stain glass window was preserved, creating an eye-catching moment in this remarkable space.
“Renovating our historic Brooklyn home from start to finish was definitely a dream come true for us.” -Joanna Torres
After years of hard work, the finished result is absolutely dreamy. Providing enough space for this professional couple to both live and work, the transformed interior shows all the benefits of Joanna’s eye for color. Filled with a cool palette of blues, greens and soft whites, this classic Brooklyn abode has been transformed into a perfect home for Brooklyn creatives.
Photographer: Constantin Boca Photography