sneak peek: julie torres moskovitz {pratt}


julie torres moskovitz, principal of fabrica 718 in brooklyn, is an architect who teaches sustainable design in the interior design department at pratt institute where she is a visiting assistant professor. today we have a great look into her williamsburg, brooklyn home that she and her husband renovated this past winter. they’d been in the building for the past eight years, but moved down to the first floor to a space that used to serve as a manufacturing business. many of the existing elements, from the brick to wooden columns and beams, meant instant character for the space. existing subfloor planks were painted silver gray to lighten up the space. and along with the help of a construction crew, they built out the space juxtaposing the rich textures of the existing factory with modern extruded plastic and saturated color walls.  you can find more, full-sized images of julie’s beautiful home here, and, as always, you can find all our amazing sneak peeks here. [thanks, julie!]anne

[above: Living room features antique rugs, an Amish rocking chair, Moskovitz’s grandmother’s green cabinet, a Richard Gluckman-designed table, and dj booth and records that lends itself to entertaining. The artwork is mostly by Moskovitz’s father and she hand-picked pieces from his work that show calm scenes to contrast with their hectic, fast-paced lifestyle. In the living room artwork includes a large canvas of a quiet street in Santa Fe and a view of a lobster truck on a small Maine Island. ]

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[interior photos by Sean Hemmerle]

Office view featuring vintage Eames office chairs, doors painted for desktops, extruded plastic transom, and 2 metal rails for hanging work on magnets. A large extruded plastic and wood frame sliding door separates her design office from their living space.

Office furniture on castors was a hand-me-down from an architect who lived in the building. Moskovitz and her husband painted the piece and added miscellaneous plants to the top ledge.

Metal cart for holding architectural samples in the office.

Hallway with closet to maximize storage space features vivid green sliding door and yellow wall with a painting by Wolf Kahn of the Connecticut River.

5 year old son’s room with artwork created by him and his father and Moskovitz’s childhood horse collection along the transom ledge.

The wabi sabi staple marks left in the column mark the spot where a factory worker sat. We combined this with an evil eye hamsa for protection of the factory.

The sunny yellow paint at the back courtyard wall is inspired by the Mexican architect Barragan’s use of rich colored exterior walls and the way the yellow reflects light back into the interior of the space creates a warm atmosphere. The furniture is an eclectic mix of Danish modern with found objects, hand-me-downs, and antiques.

The back courtyard space features lounge chairs, a hammock, a light fixture that recall her husband’s family home in Ascuncion, Paraguay.

Back courtyard space detail of antique Morrocan light fixture which casts shadows at night on the brick walls.

Bedroom with yellow wall and Moskovitz’ father’s painting of fisherman in Cape Cod. The bedspread is vintage Marimekko and was a wedding gift from a Dutch family friend who made the quilt. The green glass jug was found on the street.

Bedroom features bamboo floor that Moskovitz and her husband installed. It was left over from a client’s renovation. The artwork is by a Guatamalan artist named Rene Dionisio.

  1. Sveika says:

    That striated cork floor is stunning. Any chance that the name of the manufacturer could be posted? Thanks!

  2. Claire says:

    One of my favorite sneak peeks ever.

  3. Green Key says:

    I love the use of color, brick, and mix of furnishings. Wow. Inspiring!

  4. sara b. says:

    i love this space! the colors, the found objects, the brick, the staples in the wall – such character! great sneaky peeky!

  5. Renae says:

    Very sophisticated. I love the creativity when commercial spaces are converted into homes.

  6. stacy di says:

    I love the brick living room and the rug…and the bright yellow wall…great sneak peek!

  7. s says:

    wow i think yellow is now my favorite color!

  8. I love the paintings by the homeowner’s father!!

  9. Joni says:

    Are some of your indoor floors concrete? If so, did you paint them and with what?

  10. LuciaS says:

    On your Flickr set you show a sliding door that acts as a partition – did you make it yourself? What’s it made from? Where’d you get the track for it? Attempting to do a similar project and am desperate for help. Thank you! Love your home!

  11. Kathryn says:

    all of it, gorgeous!!

  12. rene norman says:

    ok. i have officially died and gone to heaven!!

  13. nosideup says:

    oh, this was sooooo gerat!

  14. Colleen says:

    What a fantastic home! It has such a unique stamp of the family who lives there. I love it!

  15. julie says:

    bamboo flooring is plyboo neopolitan (unfinished!) and is 3/8″ thick.

    sliding doors–extruded plastic screwed to 2×4 wood studs with stanley sliding track hardware and steel angles to hold track off the wall. we also have one that is a hollow core door painted green–mounted the same way on stanley industrial surface-mount track

  16. Elana says:

    What a beautiful home. Would you mind sharing the brand/shade of yellow paint you used? I love it!


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