A Uniquely Renovated Brooklyn Brownstone

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After living in the upper west side of New York for a decade, Melissa Lee, and her husband Keye developed a yearning for a larger space with a more relaxed vibe that would allow them to grow as a family and offer a space for Melissa to run her event, interior design and styling firm, Bespoke Only. They went about the house-hunting process very casually and didn’t take the hunt too seriously, but when the couple stumbled upon this gorgeous Brownstone in the creative and vibrant neighborhood of Clinton Hill that offered a truly blank canvas, they were quick to call it home for themselves and their three cats, Pishkin, Vader and Monkey.

It wasn’t love at first sight, but the space offered plenty of functional space and oozed with potential. It needed a lot of work and, just when they were becoming overwhelmed with it all, Melissa and Keye were lucky to find Sarah Jacoby from Simpson Jacoby Architecture to help them turn it into the home of their dreams. “There were phone calls from the crew every other day about some unforeseen issues inside of this over 100-year-old house,” Melissa says. “Roof leaks, unexpected load-bearing walls, electrical that was not up to code, the kind of renovation horror stories that we all have seen on TV — you name it and we had it.” Though the six-month-long process was stressful and had them crashing on family members’ couches most nights, the process wasn’t without some unforeseen perks as well — they learned patience and the value of living more simply. The constant moving forced them to shed a lot of their belongings, and they came to realize that a lot of their possessions weren’t necessities. “There are many things that we can actually live without and life still goes on,” Melissa explains, “It’s become a lighter way of life.” Of course, in the end, the result was also worth the wait and one they are forever grateful and thrilled with: a truly unique home, renovated and finished to their taste and lifestyle. –Sabrina

Photography by Ty Cole Photography
  1. Selina says:

    Hi Melissa,

    This home is gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing this project. I am wondering about the tiles of the kitchen backsplash…I think a few others were as well but I don’t see an answer for that one. Would you mind sharing that info?

    Best, Selina

  2. Erin says:

    The kitchen cabinet handles – where are these beauties from? I read through the comments and the article and didn’t see these sources. Many thanks!

    1. Melissa says:

      Erin – the kitchen knobs & pulls are from House of Antique Hardware.


  3. Melissa says:

    Selina – they are carrera marble tiles sourced in a local tile showroom in New York. I think you can find these online as well.

  4. Adria says:

    I love the entry fixture. I have been looking for something unique. It’s perfect. Where did you find it?

  5. Karen says:

    Hi! I am also wondering about the gorgeous pendant in the entryway. Where did you find it!? Thanks.

  6. Madelyn says:

    Absolutely beautiful home! Can I ask if you ordered direct from Rothschild & Bickers and if you needed to rewire in the US? Many thanks!

  7. Falon says:

    Beautiful home! Do you mind sharing the paint color and finish of your office? Thanks!

  8. Lindsey says:

    I’m in love with that kitchen! Do you mind sharing the material and color of the countertop? Thanks!

    1. Carmen says:

      Lindsey, I read in the post that they are concrete.

  9. stine homstvedt says:

    A wonderful home! I am also wondering where you found the perfect entrance pendant? Thanks!

  10. Aaron says:

    Lovely! What’s the paint color on those kitchen cabinets?

  11. Alexandra says:

    Melissa, your house is gorgeous! All the details are so spot on. Can you share the source of the curtain rods in the master bedroom?

  12. Janet says:

    Your house is beautiful. In need of a contractor for our brownstone renovation. would you be able to share your contractor info. thank you.

    1. Liz says:

      Hi Janet- the contractors were Downtown Complete Construction. http://www.downtowncomplete.com

  13. George says:

    Hi Melissa,

    We just bought an apartment in Clinton Hill that we are currently in the process of renovating and we love what you did with your house.
    Could you possibly let us know who provided / fabricated your concrete counter tops?

  14. Steve says:


    Could you please tell me what paint color you used in the study?



  15. Eli says:

    Hi! I am based in Europe and live in an similar townhouse. Would love to have the lighting you put in the hallway. Where did you buy it? Thanks a bunch!

    1. Dia says:

      I did like the light as well, did you manage to find out where it was from?

  16. RemodelingMA says:

    I’m curious about the reclaimed wood floating shelves in the kitchen; where were they purchased? Beautiful!


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